I like to describe myself as someone who actively practices minimalist fashion. Well, if I'm being really honest, I'm an "almost minimalist" and it works well for me! Over the last few years, I've been seriously compelled to own less. A lot less.
I've pared down my closet (and home) in a major way by getting rid of a ton of stuff KonMari style. I've kept only what I truly love. As a result, I can find my things easily and I have a better appreciation of what I own.
In this post, I'll outline my journey to minimalist fashion and getting clear on my fashion goals. But first, let's discuss what it is.
What is minimalist fashion?
Minimalist fashion is all about keeping things simple and without excess. However, it absolutely doesn't mean boring.
For me, simplicity comes in the number of things I own and the way I put those things together. I love statement pieces like jewelry, handbags, shoes, and even certain items of clothing. But my goal is to avoid overwhelming myself by having too much or wearing too much of anything all at once.
Why I chose minimalist fashion
One spring several years ago I decided to get started with minimizing what I owned. I was tired of having a closet full of everything with absolutely nothing to wear. So I started with a closet cleanse.
I went through my closet and got rid of things that didn't fit or were too old, and things I didn't use. But then gradually, I found myself replacing what I'd taken out. By the end of that summer, I was back to having a closet full of more things than I needed in my life!
After some serious deliberation, I started my closet cleanse over again, committed to fully practicing minimalist fashion.
For the second time, I got rid of things that I just didn't need or want, like stuff I purchased for my fantasy life. Yup! My "glitzy glam fabulous fashion week every day all day" life was completely unrealistic in the world I lived in and only ever happened occasionally.
I did a second pass at stuff that didn't fit, stuff that was too old or just plain unrealistic like my former designer handbag collection.
Finally, I was able to scale my closet down to a place that was comfortable for me. Since then, I've actually been able to stick to owning a much smaller, leaner closet. I even upcycle my clothes and I'm super proud of it!
5 reasons to practice minimalist fashion (and why I do)
Below are five reasons why I'm all about this approach to maintaining my wardrobe.
1. It helps me hone in on my true style
As a result of minimalist fashion, I'm able to explore my existing closet instead of always buying something new that I'll only wear once or not at all. It has also led me to create seasonal capsule wardrobes which are a lot of fun.
Especially when it comes to mixing and matching clothes and picking out new outfits. A far cry from the past when I had a closet full of stuff but struggled to find what I wanted to wear. One of my favorite blogs on fashion minimalism and capsule wardrobes is by writer Anuschka Rees.
2. I'm a more deliberate shopper
Owning less means I'm able to practice mindful buying. Because my goal is to own less, I get to focus on what really works for my personal style and my real life. I ask myself questions like, "Will I use this? Does this work well with my current wardrobe? Can I walk in these shoes?" etc.
3. I no longer shop for my fantasy life
Yup. I had one idea of my style in my head but then it didn't match the real-life I was living. For instance, I was always buying cocktail dresses when I rarely ever went to any cocktail parties. Or overdosing on sequins when they are not realistic for my day-to-day life (but I do love sequins!).
Now that I'm clear on what works for me, I'm no longer shopping for my fantasy life. That also means I'm able to save a ton more money!
4. I truly believe less is more
Who says owning more is better anyway? I'm all about quality first and there's nothing wrong with using and reusing your items. Personally, I'm a big fan of well-made products and luxury goods.
I love a great quality handbag, pair of shoes, or piece of jewelry. I also don't mind spending more on an item knowing that what I'm buying will last me long term.
Whenever I've bought something of poor quality, I've typically regretted it because it didn't last and it's ended up being a waste of money. I would rather save to buy one thing I know I will wear well than buy a bunch of cheap stuff that will wear out and end up in the trash later.
However, sometimes quality can cost a lot of money even on sale. Especially when you compare it to the deals on cheaper quality items. (Be sure to check reviews and compare prices as poor quality items can go for exorbitant prices too).
That being said, if you are dishing out your hard-earned cash for an item, it only makes sense to wear it and wear it well. Less can be a lot more especially when you are getting your money's worth!
5. I save a ton of money as a result
It's amazing how much money I've saved over the last few years by not buying random and subpar things. This has been a key benefit of minimalist fashion. And minimalism as a whole can have a direct impact on improving your finances.
Now my purchases are planned and well thought out for the most part. Instead of shopping for anything and everything, I shop based on what I need and my personal style. I also have a wish list of things I really want that I know will work with my existing wardrobe.
I save up for these items over time and the time gives me a chance to really reflect on if I really want the item. There are also some really great minimalist clothing brands I like.
Embracing minimalist fashion might be a good choice for you!
While minimalist fashion is not for everyone, it has worked really well for me. At the very least, I hope this post inspires you to be more deliberate about your shopping and helps you determine how you are spending your money when it comes to your wardrobe.
Doing this will contribute to helping you assess how you could be saving more money for the important goals in your life. The result? You'll have an amazing well thought out wardrobe, a better sense of style, and a happy bank account!
If you want to learn more about minimalism, check out our top books on minimalism to get started!