When leaving for my year abroad at another university, I couldn't pack a lot of things. Not only would it have been unpractical to carry so much stuff, I also knew that I wouldn't have the closet space in my new temporary home to accommodate more than 3-4 pair of shoes including trainers, a handful of dresses, skirts, tops and jeans, one set of sport clothes and a few accessories plus an evening bag and my cosmetics (which I love and can't live without). The hardest part was to pack both for summer time and the English winter months, both for days at the lab and trips to other cities and the country side plus evenings out at the theatre, student parties and bars. So, I had a hard look at the contents of my wardrobe. What I needed to pack was essentially multi-purpose clothes that could easily be combined with one and another. I needed to be able to create different looks with only a few changes in accessories and such. Mind you, I did not have a minimalist wardrobe. Quite to the contrary, I was lucky enough to have a wardrobe big enough to find a few items that I could mix and match, besides all the other beautiful but not very practical pieces. Unfortunately, that meant that I could not just bring my favourite clothes. I had to compromise. What I learned from that experience, however, is that I had not been a very wise shopper. Furthermore, once in England, I realised how much easier it was for me to get dressed in the mornings. Of course, I completed my now somewhat minimalist wardrobe with a few pieces I had missed (practical ones such as a very warm hoodie and more decorative ones such as a printed midi skirt), but generally I had to make ends meet with what I got. So, here are my top 5 reasons for creating a minimalist wardrobe.
1.) Getting dressed faster
If you don't have that many clothes to choose from and if everything more or less goes together in your wardrobe, it's much easier to get dressed in the mornings. It won't take you long to know exactly what to combine with what from your minimalist wardrobe in order to be appropriately dressed for a day at the office followed by an after-work with friends or a romantic date-night dinner with your sweetheart.
2.) Quality for Quantity
Buying less pieces will allow you to invest in quality instead. Quality is important when creating a well put-together look with a few pieces, since it's the details that make all the difference, not the quantity of your accessories. Spending money on quality also means only buying what really fits. Upper scale high-street and high-end designer brands usually offer an excellent service in finding what suits you best. Some will also provide an in-house tailor for minor alterations.
3.) Save money in the long run
Quality items may be more expensive, but in the long run, you'll spend less money, as they will last longer. Besides, the aim for investing in a minimalist wardrobe is to have less pieces. That doesn't mean you can't update your wardrobe with a few new items every now and then, but if you have a well put together wardrobe, you won't need to run out in order to shop "basics" that you are missing, since you've added them from the start.
4.) Save time shopping
Since you have (almost) everything you need, you won't need to spend much time on shopping. If you go shopping, you'll know what to look for in order for the item to be easily incorporated in your wardrobe. Over time, this will become even easier as you'll learn what works and doesn't work for you and your closet and how to make out the difference between an overpriced piece of clothing and a real quality one.
5.) Increased over-all contentment
Creating more with less, but with high-quality classic items caters for a more sophisticated, put-together look. You can be sure to look your best at all times and in every situation. You'll have more time and energy to spend on other things, be it work, yoga, family or whatever. Your life will seem more clutter-free, more organised. And so will your closet space. Furthermore, shopping at quality houses (see number 2 above) often provides for a more relaxed shopping experience: Bigger changing rooms with better and warmer lighting, comfy chairs, water and sometimes even coffee (or champagne?!). Everything that makes a happy customer. ;)
Under-statement is a chic denied to over-
Jen is a life artist, writer and biochemistry engineer on a cabin crew adventure. She loves mixing cocktails and being an advocate for timeless, personal style, striving for a simpler, more intentional life without compromising quality and glamour.
What we're reading right now
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann,