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minimalist fashion: the ins and outs of paring down

minimalist fashion: the ins and outs of paring down

minimalist fashion: how to take a minimalist approach to your wardrobe

by: Maria Del Russo

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April 24, 2020 | REVISED November 16, 2020

Taking the Minimalist Approach

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.

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Steps For Building the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

An example of a capsule wardrobe looks like this:

01. A simple white tee, which is perfect on its own or as a layer.

02.  A crisp, polished white blouse that can go from workday to weekend.

03.  A chic, button-down shirt, which looks just as good with jeans as it does with slacks.

04.  The perfect cozy sweater for layering — or for wrapping around your shoulders as an accent.

05.  A structured blazer that isn’t too fussy and looks amazing with jeans.

06.  A pair of black slacks that are stretchy and comfortable.

07. Your go-to pair of blue jeans. (Hint: If they’re not visibly soiled, they only need to be washed every 8 to 10 wears.)

08.  An all-season skirt that works just as well with your white tee as it does with your blazer.

09.  A simple dress for every occasion imaginable.

10.  The coziest leggings that look just as good in the yoga studio as they do the farmer’s market.

Shop team ADAY's full capsule wardrobe here.

We know what you’re thinking — that doesn’t sound like a lot. But according to those who have made the switch, the benefits of having less are overwhelming once they get used to a smaller closet.

Those who have embraced the lifestyle say that their attitudes have improved, they feel like they have more time for important things, and that they’re not bogged down by meaningless stressors. Sounds like a dream to us.

Now that you’ve gotten your crash course in minimalist fashion, you’ve got all of the tools you need to build your own capsule wardrobe. It’s the first step in simplifying your closet — and your life. Don’t you feel better already?

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