Definitive Guide to Minimalist Fashion

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A minimal approach to fashion, as opposed to a minimal aesthetic for fashion, is more about the attitude and thought process behind things than it is about your color palette (or lack thereof) or the specific number of items in your closet.

Having a minimal approach to fashion means that you approach your closet with intentionality, not aiming for the largest (or smallest) number of things. Rather, your aim is a wardrobe that fits your lifestyle, and is filled with high-quality pieces you absolutely love that will, hopefully, last years.

The goal isn’t getting your shoes or dresses down to single digits. The goal isn’t only having shades of black, grey, cream, and taupe. The goal isn’t to make you hate your closet. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

Did you know that the average person only wears 20% of their wardrobe on a regular basis? That means 80% of those clothing items we simply couldn’t live without spend the majority of the time on a hanger in the dark, while we reach for the same well-loved dress or sweater again and again and again.

If you’ve ever looked at your closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear!”, that probably isn’t the case. Rather, you’re most likely plagued by decision fatigue or the paradox of choice—the more choices you have to make, the harder it is to make a decision, and the less confident you are in the decision you ultimately make.

But what if that didn’t happen anymore? What if every single day, you opened your closet and saw only things you absolutely love so that no matter what you picked, it would make you feel confident, amazing, and unequivocally you? That is what a minimal approach to fashion is all about.

So you want to have that amazing feeling of looking in your closet and only seeing things you love, but how on earth do you get there? Chances are, looking at your closet is a little bit overwhelming, but decluttering it and ridding yourself of all those items you can’t stand or only feel ‘meh’ about is the first step to that dream wardrobe.

When you hear the phrase “minimalist fashion,” chances are a few things come to mind. You probably picture those tightly curated wardrobes you see all over Pinterest filled with wispy, shapeless-looking pieces in various shades of black, grey, and taupe, with the occasional color thrown in there for good measure.

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