The term minimalism has been all the rage for the past few years, and its creeping into every aspect of our lives. Nowadays, having a more minimalist wardrobe has proven to have countless benefits.

It’s more sustainable, it makes it easier to put together outfits on a daily basis, and it helps prevent you from spending endless amounts of money on clothing that you don’t really need. But downscaling and changing how we buy clothes can be tough – here are some simple steps to help you make the transition.

Commit to Less

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem! When you spend each morning looking at an overflowing closet but never feel like you have anything to wear – that’s an indication that it’s time to declutter and reassess.

Make a commitment to owning less, and remember that having fewer items doesn’t mean you’ll have less to wear. In fact, if you’re able to create a capsule wardrobe that reflects your style, you’ll have way more useable outfit combinations that will outlast trends and serve you for years and years.

Embrace Simplicity

An important part of downscaling your clothing collection and starting a capsule wardrobe is embracing a simpler look. Stocking up your closet with high-quality basics is an essential step in this process.

You’ll need simple items like jeans that fit you like a glove, some smart trousers, and a few classic skirts and dresses. You also need some basic T-shirts, button-ups, and blouses. Keep your accessories basic and classic, opt for clear glasses that will match with any look, and simple jewellery. You’ll also want to make sure that all of these items can be paired well together in different combinations.

Choose a Color Palette

Going minimal with your wardrobe doesn’t mean that everything you own has to be neutral and bland! Coming up with a color palette that suits your style will help you to guide not only how you put outfits together, but the clothing you should purchase in the future too.

It might feel impossible to narrow down your wardrobe to one color palette – but remember that less is often more. This process will eliminate the overwhelm of sorting through a huge array of colors and trying to figure out what to pair with what. Having a distinct color palette means that everything will match with everything – making style simple.

Design Your Wardrobe

When it comes to actually shopping for clothes, it’s good to go in with a plan. Start by looking for outfit inspiration and deciding what types of outfits you would like to recreate. In this way, you’ll be designing your ideal wardrobe.

When shopping for clothes, look for pieces that can contribute to one of your dream outfits, rather than just picking things off the rack that you think you might like. Make sure that when you’re designing your wardrobe and shopping, that you look for outfits and items that can be used in multiple ways – and not just in that one look!