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Just the Basics: A Minimalist Wardrobe

Minimalism is intentionally living with only the things you really need.

This concept can be applied to every aspect of your life, including fashion.

Minimalism has many benefits like getting rid of clutter that doesn’t add value to your life and spending more on experiences rather than stuff.

We all have stuff we don’t need, things that have piled up over the years.

Clearing out and leaving yourself mainly things you need can be mentally freeing and can even earn you some cash if you sell your junk.

Here are a few simple steps to achieving a minimalist wardrobe.

Step 1: Admit that you own too much clothing. That’s all you really need to get started.

Step 2: Wear fewer colors. Most of us already have some favorite colors that we wear most often anyway-usually because we like the way we look inside them. Choosing to purposely wear less colors means less accessories

Step 3: Take everything out of your closet. Take them all out, and put them on your bed.

Step 4: Donate, sell, recycle, discard. Depending on the size of your existing wardrobe, it won’t take long for an initial paring down. Create three separate piles – donate, sell, or recycle. Start with the clothes you don’t wear anymore.

Step 5: Stop being sentimental. It’s easy to get attached to pieces of clothing if it reminds us of a significant period in our lives. But is it worth the space if you’re never going to wear it again? Give it to a good cause.

Step 6: Repeat the whole process in three months. Stuff accumulate even when we’re not paying attention.

Step 7: Shop quality, not quantity. If your closet is full of only things you love, you’ll have less desire to add to it, making maintaining a minimalist closet much easier.

To buttress my point, permit me to share with you my recent encounter with a young man I met. Let’s call him Patrick.

Patrick had lost all his bags after relocating to the capital. He approached me and shared his story with me, how he was left with no clothes asides what he was wearing.

The first thing that came to mind is, “you came to the right person”. I was more than happy to give him a lot of clothes I have had and haven’t worn in a long time. He was lucky to also fit into some of the pieces I made for a few clients and had to make new ones because I felt the fitting wasn’t good enough.

This tells you there are people around you like Patrick who are in dire need of these items you don’t need. Look for them, reach out to them, and in that way, asides the fulfillment that comes with making someone smile, you’d also be achieving the minimalist wardrobe you desire.

The bottom line is, you don’t need more clothes, you just need the right ones to stay stylish, classy and #NEVERTOBECAUGHTUNFRESH

4 Comments

  • Lashey
    July 10, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I love love this piece. I do this a lot and give to sisters in my hood. Sometimes the clothes are not enough to go round.
    Especially with a lot of us adding weight decluttering out wardrobe may be a necessity.

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    • SimiTeds
      July 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Hey Tolu, I’m glad to know you’ve been practicing this. I bet the fulfillment you get from doing this cannot be matched. I’m also happy to know you love this piece. Thanks for reading.

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  • Miracle
    July 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    This is well put together. It’s really not easy to let go of some pieces though. You might want to do a look again sometime in the future… if you get what I mean.

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    • SimiTeds
      July 13, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      I can imagine, but as much as you might want to get attached to some pieces, you’ve got to know when to let go. You must also be able to differentiate between trendy and timeless pieces.

      Reply

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