Around the world, we buy a staggering 80 million new items of clothing each year. If you sometimes feel like all 80 million of those ended up in your closet, it might be time for a minimalist wardrobe overhaul. While having options is never a bad thing, if you have too many choices, chances are you’ll get overwhelmed at some point. Unless you’ve got some major organizational skills, ample space, and some cutting edge technology like Cher in Clueless, your fashion life will be improved by paring down your wardrobe to a more manageable size. Holding onto clothes that don’t quite fit right or don’t match anything creates unnecessary clutter. Trade them in for versatile clothing that makes it easy to put together an outfit in a snap.
A minimalist wardrobe doesn’t have to mean sticking to one color. While the all black uniform of fashion industry insiders is undeniably one of the easiest looks to pull off in this category, you don’t have to sacrifice your love of color or print when going minimal. Instead, we recommend shifting your wardrobe to contain a majority of pieces that are versatile clothing items that can be mix and matched from season to season, while saving room for those statement pieces that are essential to your personal style.
Before overhauling your closet, take some time to read up on organization techniques like the capsule wardrobe or the KonMari method. We end up with closet chaos when we mindlessly buy new clothes without careful consideration. Taking the time to plan a wardrobe, much like a stylist would plan for an editorial or runway show, gives you the edge of a true fashionista. Choose your color story first. Look through the clothes you have and see if there’s a certain hue or shade you tend to be drawn to, this can be your starting point for organization. Then, donate or pack away items that don’t fit into this overarching theme. Once you’ve gotten things under control, it’s time to shop and fill in the gaps. Try to buy pieces that can be work for a variety of circumstances and occasions. Also, it’s a good idea when you’re buying multifunctional wardrobe staples to invest in quality. Keep your budget in mind, but also remember that a $5 top from a fast fashion retailer will last on a fraction of as long as one that costs $50. Quality over quantity is a central tenet of minimalism. For inspiration, read on for a rundown of some of our favorite minimalist approved wholesale tops and bottoms from Lush Clothing.
A wrap front blouse is a versatile piece, especially when it has an adjustable tie. You can wear it more open with a bandeau or camisole underneath for a sunny outdoor concert or picnic in the park. Paired with a mid length skirt or cropped skinny trousers, it works for the office too. We love the silver polka dots on this blouse, as it adds some visual interest without taking away from the versatility. Metallics are a great option that match everything but look way more glam than your standard neutral tones. We also love the tie-front wrap silhouette for dresses. This cut is so flattering on every body type, it’s pretty much a fool proof option.
A black miniskirt is definitely a must have in any wardrobe. From crop tops to oversized sweaters, it works with just about anything you throw on. This skirt can go from cute, girly grunge to chic, feminine sophisticated with just a few key styling choices. The C-ring, piercing-inspired detail adds some trendy low-key edge to the look. This is peak minimalist embellishment.
A knit dress is another absolute wardrobe essential. Find one in a comfy fabric that’s not too prone to wrinkling and you’ll always have a super easy outfit that works for any occasion. With a flashy pair of heels and some sparkling jewelry, this can be an effortlessly chic nighttime look. Paired with sneakers and a denim jacket, this can be a super casual everyday look. Knit dresses are especially great for traveling. They don’t take up much room and aren’t prone to wrinkling, so they’re perfect for stuffing in a bag before you hit the road. Of course, black, as shown here, is probably the most versatile option, but a print like stripes can add a bit of oomph while still matching the rest of your wardrobe easily.
Of course, your minimalist wardrobe needs space for fun and eye catching pieces too. This unstructured floral blazer combines the vibes of a kimono with the practicality of a jacket. A floral on a solid background ensures this print isn’t too overpowering in the overall outfit. This piece is perfect for throwing on over jeans and a tank top to dress things up a bit, but it’s also great with a sheath dress for work or as a poolside swim cover up. If you build the rest of your wardrobe in neutral solids, outwear in brights and prints is an ideal option for breaking up the monotony. Other options include sheer or lace kimonos, plaid jackets in fun colors, draped cardigans in eye catching fabrics, etc. Since outwear is more dependent on the weather, you can make the colors/prints more coordinated to the season.
Hopefully these selections have given you some inspiration for getting on track to minimize your own wardrobe and creating closet zen. Getting dressed for the day should be an experience of joy, not stress. If you’ve got an overwhelming amount of clothes, spring is the perfect season for an overhaul.