Recently I had the opportunity to buy some clothes, and not from the thrift store either. (Though I still prefer to do my shopping that way!)
I wanted to utilize my money the smartest way I could, so I searched and asked around to try to determine what, exactly, makes a good minimalist wardrobe. Here’s what I learned:
1. Go timeless. I hate clothes shopping, so the longer I can make these clothes last and be “on trend” the better. I kept the colors fairly neutral, staying with blues and pinks (which look best on me) and blacks and whites. Nothing too loud or garish for this gal!
2. 3/4 sleeves. ‘Nuff said. At Ronnica’s suggestion, I stuck with 3/4 sleeves for most of my tops, because, as she correctly noted, “It is appropriate for all but the hottest days of the year.” I bought sweaters to layer with when things get too chilly for just 3/4 sleeves alone.
3. Research what pieces are “must haves.” In doing a quick internet search, it became apparent that “every woman” should have a few items in her closet, including but not limited to: a little black dress, white blouse, and nude heels. These and other must have pieces provide a good foundation for a wardrobe, and have served me well so far!
4. I only purchased what I needed. In my case, I really needed new tops and a couple more pairs of jeans. I saw some clothing articles that I really liked, but refrained from buying them–they would have blown my budget, and wouldn’t have achieved my “minimalist wardrobe” goal.
5. For every item brought in… another item went out. My closet is itty bitty, so I couldn’t keep everything!
What are some essential clothing pieces for you?