5 minimalist tips for your wardrobe
Today, we’re gonna take a close look at your wardrobe. How much of what is in there do you actually love and wear regularly? A lot of people love to ship for clothes, but don’t even wear half of what they buy regulary. That’s not only a waste of closet space, but also a huge waste of money and resources. I will share 5 minimalist tips to put together a more sustainable and minimal wardrobe full of items that you actually love to wear. Call it a capsule wardrobe or just a good use of closet space and money: this way you will never find yourself standing in the room with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.
#1 Major Cleaning
The very first step of every decluttering mission is a major cleaning. Take all the time you need to really clean out the closets and take a long and hard look at your wardrobe. You can take on a Marie Kondo approach and ask yourself with each item if it sparks joy, but you can also go about it the old-fashioned way and divide everything you own into three piles: one to keep, one to toss and one you maybe want to hold on to. Look at every item and really commit to get rid of everything that is either too big or too small, is damaged, isn’t comfortable or isn’t your style. When you go about it like this, you will end up with the items that you actually like to wear and that you feel good in. You can also get a sense of the essential items that are missing from your wardrobe, like some good basic shirts or a pair of jeans. That way you create a wardrobe that has all the essentials. Everything that you don’t need anymore can be donated, either to friends or family or to a charity of your choice.
#2 Capsule Wardrobe
Putting together a capsule wardrobe is really on trend these days. A capsule wardrobe is an efficient and minimal wardrobe that consists of items that really fit you, your style and the season and go really well together too. It is like having a wardrobe full of your favorite items that can be mixed and matched with each other. By only selecting a few items for this wardrobe you never have to experience stress when chosing an outfit: everything matches and looks good on you. You will always have an outfit for every occassion ready. And an added bonus: by just shopping for a select number of items, you can actually save money and invest in fashion that is more durable and sustainable.
#3 Become a Critical Consumer
Although most people love to shop, it is not the most sustainable hobby to have. During shopping you tend to let yourself be mislead and seduced by bargains and smart tricks stores use to lure costumers. You don’t always make the best choices stylewise or moneywise, and a lot of people certainly don’t make the best choices for the environment and workers that make the clothes. Sure, labour conditions and environmental impact is not really on your mind when going out for a day of shopping, but it really should be. By giving in to impulses and by shopping for bargains, you are sustaining the fast fashion industry that is all about making money and not at all about paying the workers a liveable wage or caring about the environment. Whenever you go shopping from now on, take a moment before you buy something. Do you really need it and want it? Is it worth the money? Isn’t it unrealistically cheap? Where is it made and by who? Try to invest in items that are made by brands that actually do care and do try to make a difference in the industry. Sure, you will have to pay a bit more, but you will get so much in return, not to mention karma points! You can find an overview of some sustainable fashion brands in this article of the Huffington Post and on Racked. Ofcourse, you can also choose to buy more second hand and vintage items. This way you make good use of the resources and products that are already on the market.
#4 Choose to Borrow or Swap
If a capsule wardrobe is not your thing, or if you are really in need of a wardrobe update, you can always choose other ways to extend your wardrobe that do not involve buying new stuff. Maybe you can get into swapping clothes with other people with a similar style and size? Or you can borrow clothing from friends or through a network in your neighbourhood. Increasingly more people and events organize a clothing swap party where a group of people get together to swap items with each other. You can also use a popular platform or an app to swap with people in your proximity. Every country has its own platforms to use, just use Google to discover what is possible in your city and country.
#5 Challenge Yourself
If you are committed to being a more critical consumer, you can challenge yourself to look more critically at today’s fashion and the clothing industry or your own wardrobe. There are numerous challenges that you can use to dive into this strange world of fashion and discover what works and doesn’t work for you. This way you become more aware of your consumerism and discover new and exciting ways to revive your wardrobe in the most sustainable and minimal way.
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