Do you feel like you're stuck in a style rut? Is your closet overflowing with clothes that you haven't worn in years? And do you have a hard time putting together outfits that represent your personal style? If so, you're not alone. A lot of people find it difficult to create an easy wardrobe that suits their lifestyle.
But don't worry, we're here to help! In this post, we'll outline some tips and tricks for transforming your closet and creating a wardrobe that works for you.
Why an easy wardrobe can transform the way you live
I know you're probably wondering, why would I want a simple and easy wardrobe when I can have a closet full of clothes like Paris Hilton? Sure, having hundreds and thousands of beautiful clothing items in your wardrobe can sound quite fabulous.
But it can also be a nightmare when it comes time to find an outfit or move homes. If you've never considered owning an easy wardrobe before, read on to learn about the many benefits that come with it.
An easy wardrobe helps remove the stress from your life
Having a disorganized wardrobe full of clothes you don't wear or need can often affect our mental health. Just imagine the amount of time you need to spend folding and washing clothes.
As well as the amount of mental energy it takes to decide between hundreds of possible outfit combinations each day. When you're already stressed out from school or work, the last thing you want is more anxiety caused by your wardrobe.
So if you want to create a zen lifestyle free from unnecessary stress, thinning out your closet might be the solution.
Saves you time deciding what to wear
Running late because you don't know what to wear is probably a universal experience that every one of us has gone through. It's so frustrating! But what if I told you this problem could be solved by having an easy wardrobe with pieces you love and can wear every day?
Instead of spending 30 minutes trying to find outfits each morning, you can now cut that time down to 5 minutes or even less. Time is money, and just this little change to your wardrobe can help you save a ton of it. So what's not to love?
You’ll need less space for clothing storage
Another major benefit of having an easy wardrobe is that you’ll need less space for clothing storage. If you have a small closet or limited storage space, having a lot of unnecessary clutter in your closet can make your home seem even smaller.
Instead, by just keeping a few essential pieces, you can free up a lot of space in your closet. Plus, when it's time to move, you won't have to carry a bunch of heavy boxes and worry about your clothes not fitting into the U-Haul.
Saves you money
This sounds like a no-brainer, but having a simple wardrobe really does save you money. Did you know that the average American spends $161 on clothing each month? (almost $2000 each year).
So if you've been trying to build up a comfortable cushion in your bank account but to no avail, maybe it's time to give up your frequent shopping sprees and try creating an easy wardrobe instead.
Increases the feeling of contentment and gratitude
When you have fewer pieces in your closet, it's much easier to appreciate every one of them and express gratitude for the value they provide in your life. And when you truly love the clothes you own, you'll also treat them with care.
Also, by having less stuff in general, you can have more mental energy to spend on things that truly matter. For example, creating memories with your family and friends.
6 Simples steps to create an easy wardrobe
If you currently have an overwhelming amount of clothes in your closet, cutting them down can seem almost impossible. But don't worry, here are some actionable steps you can take to create an easy wardrobe you love.
1. Do routine wardrobe audits
To do a wardrobe audit, start by gathering all of the clothing you own in one place. Once you have everything laid out, go through each item one by one. For each piece of clothing, ask yourself the following four questions:
- Do I wear this?
- Do I need this?
- Is this my style?
- Do I want this?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” then it’s probably time to get rid of the item.
You could also add an additional question: Does it spark joy? — which was made famous by a Japanese organizing consultant called Marie Kondo.
If you haven't heard of her, you should definitely check out her KonMari method. It promotes only keeping clothing items that speak to your heart, and ditching those that no longer spark joy.
2. Borrow instead of purchasing
I'm sure we all have bought an expensive clothing item for a special occasion such as a wedding or baby shower, just to end up never wearing that piece ever again.
Sure, you can still sell it if it's in good condition. But you'll have to go through the extra hassle of listing it online or finding a buyer who's interested.
So instead of accumulating a bunch of clothes in your closet that you're only going to wear once, borrow these pieces from your family and friends instead.
Renting from clothing rental services can also be a potential route to take. Though it can be more expensive than borrowing from people you know.
3. Understand that quality is more important than quantity
The key to a simple wardrobe is not quantity, but quality. By investing in a few key pieces that are well-made and high-quality, you can create a wardrobe that will last for years to come. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Choose natural fibers whenever possible
Natural fibers like cotton, linen, and wool are not only more durable than synthetic fibers, but they also breathe better, making them more comfortable to wear.
Look for timeless pieces
When creating an easy wardrobe it's essential to invest in timeless pieces. These are pieces that never go out of style. For example, a well-fitting pair of jeans will always be in style, no matter what the current trends are.
Pay attention to the details
Look for clothes that are well-constructed with neat seams and finishes. Avoid anything that looks like it might fall apart after a few wears. Shop sustainable brands to get better quality clothing.
Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on quality items
Remember, you’ll get what you pay for when it comes to clothes. It’s better to have a few well-made pieces that will last for years than a closet full of poorly made items. This gives you more cost per wear.
So although you may pay more for a quality item you get many more uses out of it.
4. Choose versatile items
Versatile wardrobes are made up of a few pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks. A good place to start is with basic pieces. This can be a few pairs of pants, skirts, and tops that you can wear in multiple ways.
Once you have the basics down, you can add in some accessories to change things up. For example, scarves, jewelry, hats, and bags can all help you create new looks with the same clothes.
With an easy wardrobe full of versatile pieces, getting ready in the morning can become a breeze. You'll always have something to wear, no matter where you're going or what you're doing.
5. Discover your personal style
Many people think they need expensive clothes or designer labels to look good. The truth is, you don't need either of those things. You can create a great wardrobe with clothes that suit your style and budget.
Start by taking a look at what you already have in your closet. The items that you wear most often and make you feel good should be the type of clothes to build your wardrobe around.
Next, take a look at the colors and styles you're drawn to. Do you prefer more minimalist or trendy looks? Do you like neutrals or bright colors?
Lastly, think about your lifestyle. Are you always on the go? Do you go out partying a lot?
Or do you have a more relaxed lifestyle and need casual clothes? Choosing a style that fits you and also your lifestyle will make getting dressed each day much easier.
6. Limit your shopping sprees
If you’re looking to create a simple and easy wardrobe, limiting your shopping sprees is a great place to start. Instead of buying a bunch of new clothes every time you go shopping, only invest in a few pieces you know that you’ll wear.
Also, take the time to try on different items and only purchase those that fit well. By being more selective with the clothes you buy, you’ll end up with a wardrobe that you love.
Build an easy wardrobe for a simpler life
Creating a simple and easy wardrobe doesn't have to be difficult. By taking the time to discover your personal style and be more intentional when it comes to buying clothes, you can create a wardrobe that you're proud of.
And when you love your clothes, getting dressed each day becomes a joy, not a chore. So, are you ready to ditch the clothes that are taking up space in your closet and start building a wardrobe for a simpler life?