So how does one dive into a minimalist lifestyle, especially when it comes to fashion? The idea is to do more with less — and that involves paring down what you own.
It’s a good idea to take stock of each and every one of your possessions and ask yourself: Do I really need this? It’s a hard question to ask, because we tend to come up with excuses as to why we need to hang on to something. (“I swear I’m going to finally learn how to use that fancy pasta maker one day!”) But a big part of this lifestyle is being honest with yourself — and realizing if you haven’t gotten around to making homemade spaghetti yet, it might not happen.
This doesn’t mean you have to throw away all of your clothes and just buy a sea of black slacks and white blouses. There is still room for self-expression in minimalism. If you love a pair of mustard pants so dearly that you can’t bear to let them go, do you! If your idea of minimalism is rotating the same four, bright paisley shirts on the regular, then that’s alright, too.
Minimalist fashion aims to take focus off of what you’re wearing and give that brain space over to what you want — be it experiences, community, reading, whatever. If bright colors and prints fit into that, then rock on.
Some folks love the idea of a minimal capsule wardrobe, either for every day or for specific things — like work. It helps them to not think about their wardrobe, and focus more on other tasks.
Luckily, it’s easy to build a minimalist, capsule wardrobe, because, at its foundation, it’s about choosing pieces that work seamlessly together without much thought.