Minimalism is a trendy topic right now not only in the eco-fashion world but in mainstream fashion. As a fashion designer and lover of clothing, I can understand the frustration around not wanting to part with the room-sized closet of your dreams and I definitely don't want minimalist wardrobes to sound like you should never shop!
The traditional concept of minimalist wardrobes has always reminded me of a need to wear only neutral colors, boring fabrics, or, if you will, a uniform to make you look like everyone else you see on the street. We at Discourse are NOT okay with that! Just like our stance on the need to make one-of-a-kind, exclusive styles that are style first, but very much ethically and sustainably conscious, minimalist wardrobes should be all about bold, exciting pieces that make you excited to wear them.
The biggest thing to keep in mind when it comes to curating your closet is to care about well-tailored styles that transcend fashion fads and are versatile enough to wear over multiple seasons and years.
Here are 5 reasons to make the switch to a minimalist wardrobe, you won't regret it!
1. Save (a lot) of money
You know it and so does your bank account, shopping is incredibly expensive and can easily get out of hand. Buying a few cheap items every week can quickly add up. Instead of buying 5 low quality tops, invest in one beautifully made, high quality blouse will make you feel like a million bucks. A lot of times a price tag can seem high when you compare it to the cheap stuff, but in the end you'll save a lot more money investing in the higher end styles and just buying a lot less overall.
2. There's no planet B
There's no planet B, and our planet is warming which means it's time to eliminate excess waste and not buying a dress that you'll only wear once is a great place to start.
This is where sustainable clothing comes to the rescue. The goal of sustainability is to keep as much as possible out of the landfill and this includes apparel. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, contributing literal tons of apparel to the landfill each year. Fast fashion styles, or any cheaply made clothing is meant to be worn once and thrown away, contributing to fast rise in apparel being thrown away. Keeping a tightly curated closet that doesn't rely on cheap clothing is an easy and exciting way to help reduce your carbon footprint.
3. Be creative
Fashion is intimidating, but it also can be fun! The best part about fashion is the ability to express ourselves to the outside world in a completely unique, and creative way. The best way to do this is to shop more thoughtfully and not buy based off of fashion trends. Let's be real, aren't we all glad holey jeans are out? Be yourself, be confident, and be different! With a tightly curated wardrobe, you'll feel confident in what you wear, because you'll be wearing your unique signature wardrobe specially designed for you!
4. Declutter your life
Until living in New York, I never realized just how much I own that I didn't like merely because it was on sale and I felt compelled to buy it. (But it was such a great deal!) Back away from the sale rack and decide if you truly LOVE the sale item or if you are getting it for the steep discount. Once I moved into a pint-sized apartment with one closet, I had to look at what I owned and decide if my wardrobe made me happy or not. Living a minimalist life in general saves on space and makes your home feel bigger, brighter, and healthier.
5. Make getting ready a breeze
Having a wardrobe full of pieces that you LOVE will save major time instead of worrying about what to wear. Spending hours planning your outfits leaves you frustrated and likely to want to stay home. With a tightly curated closet, you'll have no issue grabbing your favorite dress and being on the go.
Minimalist wardrobes are a lifestyle change that promotes healthy shopping habits, less waste, and more confidence in your wardrobe. Making the switch doesn't have to be a quick more. Don't throw away everything you own and start over in a day!
The best trick to creating a minimalist closet is to swap in the high quality new, for the old, piece by piece. And there's no better time to do this than a season change!