As we discuss all the aspects of minimalism I speak about the wardrobe a lot, it seems to be a crucial aspect to minimalism and allows for many aspects of your life to be simplified. To begin a minimalist wardrobe is sleek, simple and allows for a simplified routine.
Let’s think about how much laundry we do somedays, not everyone manages to do laundry every week and most of us don’t have to because well you really don’t need to worry when you have multiple weeks worth of clothes. However when you do have to do laundry it becomes a cumbersome task and can take a while. Minimalism aims to change that, by downsizing your closet, keeping essentials and once again making everything multifunctional.
Today I will write in a wardrobe style that is more suited to men, I am researching and looking at the ways to achieve minimalism in a more feminine wardrobe. So to begin we need to get things down to the basics, this once again means we will need to implicate the rule of learning to let go. You need to simplify your wardrobe to a point where essentially you are prepared for one week and one day. Laundry must be done every week and clothes need to be well maintained and must be sustainable. My key point with a minimalist wardrobe is sustainable. I want to have less clothes that need to be replaced less and repaired less.
When changing your wardrobe over to minimalism you need to choose what your over all style will be. Because then you can choose clothes to complete that look, there are no real lazy days and there are no bad looks. I choose casual professional, because I don’t work in a job that requires a suit but I do want to look refined throughout the day. I wear a uniform for my job so my clothing is not a problem. Outside of work I want to look like a professional and still be comfortable. Since I am young dressing professional takes a little bit of extra work and really helps sell the fact that I am young and responsible.
So I will approach this lesson for a professional individual, there are certain things that will be required and there are also staple items. This is a great area to explore since it can be customized to your personal taste and changed around to suit your needs. Minimalism in wardrobe is to have a clean look, no logos or extravagant prints. Simple colours and simple designs allow for a clean and professional look.
Starting with pants, most people know that denim and jeans can be worn multiple times without wash. As jeans and denim don’t really hold any odours. I opted for chinos that are loose enough to drape down and resemble dress pants. As mentioned I don’t need to be in a suit for work so wearing dress pants is impractical. Chinos offer a very minimal look, clean edges for the pockets and a nice drape and cut where they meet the shoes. I would say have 4 or 5 pairs of paints and some would argue that you could even make do with 3. Look for simple colours, like grey, beige and other neutral tones. Avoid black because the wear and tear is visible, they fade quickly.
Next one of my favourite things to wear, this is button ups. Luckily button ups come in so many different styles and can be worn in so many different ways. Whether it is tucked in and professional or untucked and casual, button ups are probably one of the best items. I always choose to go tucked in and also throw a pull over or cardigan over top. Either way you do this you look more refined than a t-shirt and sweater. Add a tie and look instant classy! As for the look of button ups, I would stick to plain colours and maybe one or two plaid patterned, depending on your look. If you want to be professional stick to black, grey and white, if you are looking for refined but casual add some simple plaids, nothing too loud or out there just simple light colours. Keep 4 or 5 button ups which will be plenty for the week.
Next pull overs and cardigans, in my mind these are the essential to my wardrobe. They are so nice, warm and the button up style and flexibility makes them perfect. As I was saying you can put them over any button up to make it even more refined. I choose to keep grey, beige, brown and black sweaters as I find they can be paired with anything. As with the collar on a shirt the collar on a sweater is important. There are different types, cowl neck, rugby neck and v-neck styles. These can be visually matched with your shirts, all of these styles work with a button up it just depends on your look. I keep more sweaters than needed however if you have 4 really nice ones then you are set. You can mix and match like crazy, most are made of wool which means another layer of warmth and also a comfy look and feel to them.
It cannot be argued that everyone needs to own some t-shirts. Mostly I use them as undershirts to my button ups and I prefer v-neck shirts to allow them to remain unseen under a button up. Keep the shirts plain white or light grey to keep a simple look, this way they should remain mostly hidden under nearly any shirt. Also this means that on more casual days or stay at home days you can rock a shirt and sweater if needed. I wouldn’t however go out with just a shirt and sweater, only around the house. Remember just because you have a button up doesn’t mean you are wearing a suit, they can still be very casual. All of these pieces can look a variety of ways it just depends on how you wear them.
As for undergarments I would keep one for every day of the week plus two extra pairs for emergency. This reinforces the fact that laundry needs to be done on a regular basis and needs to be kept as a habit because otherwise you will run out of things. As a side note the benefit to many of these clothes is that if you haven;t done any intensive work in them they can be hun up and used again without the need for washing. This sounds lazy but it is actually true and can be done multiple times.
Finally keep one suit, one good suit for those occasions. It is rare that it will be used but it is good to have.
Overall a minimalist wardrobe is simple, clean and of course multifunctional. The pieces all need to be used over and over and in multiple combinations. Everything should be well maintained and last a long time, there is no reason for it not too.
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