Why Have a Minimalist Wardrobe?

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In my journey toward living a more minimalist lifestyle, clothing was the area I was avoiding.  It’s not like it’s complicated.  You can throw clothes away, sell them, donate them – all simple.  So simple in fact that I decided not to make this a “HOW To Have a Minimalist Closet” post.  Because I think we all know how to toss, sell, or give away.   It’s the WHY behind it that’s a bit more difficult.

Clothes.  We need them.  We love them.  Seriously love them – the clothing market in the U.S. brings in 225 billion dollars.  Boiled down to their simplest nature, they’re intended to protect, keep warm, and hide “inappropriate” body parts.   But they’re so much more than that, right?  They are our main identifiers.  Clothes tell a lot about a person’s gender, sexual orientation, culture, economic status, likes/dislikes, cliques, age, or religion.

We are either in or out based on the shirt we pick out for the day.  Clothes are not just tools in our world.  No.  It seems as though, in our world, clothes are us.  Right?  If you don’t have cool clothes, you’re not a cool person, right?  If you don’t have beautiful clothes, you’re not beautiful, right?  Clothes have a lot of power.

It’s a hard spot to be in when you love being fashionable, enjoy purchasing clothes and putting outfits together, and still don’t want clothes to hold so much mystical power over your life.   But that is why having a Minimalist closet is so important.  You get both.  Here’s why:

Why Have a Minimalist Wardrobe?

1. A Minimalist wardrobe saves you money

You show your priorities by how you spend your money.  If a large chunk of my income goes straight to clothing, I’m showing the world and MYSELF that my outward appearance is that significant.  Now, in no way do I think it’s not important.  I love presenting myself well.  But just HOW important is it?  Are there things I value more than yet another pair of shoes?  Traveling comes to mind.  Great date nights and girl’s days.  Paying off debt.

2. A Minimalist wardrobe forces you to choose the pieces you really love

If I’m only going to have a small closet, I’ll need to choose wisely.  I’d rather have 7 outfits I can’t get enough of than 100 outfits I forget about most of the time.  You can pick and choose statement pieces and get rid of the other clutter.  That means everything I slip into has a purpose: either fashionable or functional.

3. A Minimalist wardrobe reminds you where to find your worth

No number of clothes, no matter the price tag, ever adjusts your worth as a human being.  We forget that.  I forget that.  Sure we can buy lots of clothes that make us look like artsy creatives, modest mothers, powerful CEOs, or sex kittens, but none of that actually makes us good at being creatives, mothers, CEOs or sex kittens.  Clothes are inanimate objects.

Maybe try letting go of the clothing you don’t need or care about anymore.  Maybe slow down the buying sprees.  It doesn’t mean stopping, we still need clothes to cover our bodies.  And we can have cute ones.  Remember: A Minimalist wardrobe can still be totally on-point. It’s just not 1,000 articles of on-point.

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15 thoughts on “Why Have a Minimalist Wardrobe?

  • July 30, 2015 at 7:55 am
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    Great idea. There are so many positives to having a minimalist wardrobe. I didn’t realize all of the benefits until reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

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    • July 30, 2015 at 9:08 am
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      I definitely agree – SO many positives!

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  • July 30, 2015 at 8:00 am
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    I always love getting rid of my clothes….though I am not quite as good of a person as you…I usually have a garage sale to try to get some money out of them or sell name brands on ebay. But getting rid of things you don’t wear feels so good, I find that I usually wear the same five things all the time anyways. So besides the fact that I should MAYBE have more than 5 alternating outfits for work…I really don’t need that much. It’s not like I do exciting things that often and have to look cute! What a good problem that would be

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    • July 30, 2015 at 9:09 am
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      Oh girl I definitely sell some of my clothes too! In fact, I have a sell pile in my bedroom right now :)

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  • July 30, 2015 at 9:51 am
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    I love a minimalist wardrobe. My pieces are classic, never trendy or going out of style when the season changes. I don’t buy anything I don’t love, and I keep what’s already in my closet in mind when I’m buying. It’s a great wardrobe day on GYB.

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    • July 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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      I love your wardrobe philosophy. It just makes good sense!!

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  • July 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm
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    I have plans to redo my wardrobe after this pregnancy and while I do need to add several key pieces, I think overall I’m going for a minimalist vibe. Right now, I have way too many clothes often as a result of buying things on sale. I think I’d rather have a higher quality of clothing with fewer pieces than tons of pieces that I don’t really, really love. That said, I hate to spend money on clothing when I feel I could get something “cheaper” so it will take a lot of mental practice for me to learn that spending money on quality is totally warranted. Thanks for this inspirational post. I’m bookmarking it for later!

    -Kate
    http://www.theflorkens.com

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    • July 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm
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      Oh I completely relate. I just went through my dresser again recently and realized I had quite a few items because they were on sale. I didn’t love them by any means. They were just cheap. If I’d used the money I spent on those items and invested in one amazing item I was excited about, I would have been much more satisfied! Thanks for stopping by, Kate!!

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  • July 30, 2015 at 7:25 pm
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    Love this post! I am definitely trying to have less pieces in my wardrobe and focus on those pieces that I can really get a lot of mileage out of.

    xo katie // a touch of teal

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    • July 31, 2015 at 9:18 am
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      That seems like a GREAT strategy!

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  • July 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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    You are so right! Why do I find myself stressed and slightly sad when I think about cleaning out my closet? Which needs to be done. I don’t even wear half of it. I think I will. Thanks for sharing!

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    • July 31, 2015 at 9:17 am
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      It’s amazing how many emotions are tied into our clothing, right?

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  • July 31, 2015 at 9:38 am
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    Couldn’t agree more. You brought up some really great points about clothes and why we really wear them. I absolutely think they’re inportant, and not just for practical reasons, but I started a minimalist wardrobe last year and getting dressed has never felt better.

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    • July 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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      I love that! I agree – “getting dressed has never felt better!”

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