Monday, February 26, 2018

5 Tips (I Am Trying To Follow) On How To Achieve a Minimalist Wardrobe


I've not always thought less is more, especially when it came to fashion. Fashion blogging is fun and all but after 3 years of being at it, I realised how much stuff I have accumulated and worse, how many pieces I only bought for one blog post and so never wore again. Trends come and go, yet clothes I spent money on are just sitting at the back of my closet, forgotten and unused. This past weekend, as I sat on my bed looking at my wide open wardrobe stuck on what to wear I found myself asking why do I repeatedly think I have nothing to wear when my closet is full to bursting?! Every morning finding something to wear becomes increasingly difficult, I cannot fit in any more hanging pieces and everything just seems to be on top of everything else making it difficult for me to see what I actually have. Not to mention, all the storage bags I have under my bed with my summer clothes (because I would never be able to fit everything I own, both summer and winter clothing, in my wardrobe); heck, I am overflowing into my husband's side of the closet! I realised enough was enough, it was time I knew exactly what I owned, got rid of things I did not need and just made dressing time easier and stress-free. Having never really done a drastic clean out, I did some research on what a minimalist fashion wardrobe consisted of and whilst I am still miles away from being completely on top of my belongings, these are tips I tried to follow and will continue to do (and I must say, it has done all the difference already) and I am excited to see the evolution it will continue to bring.


1.  GET RID OF DUPLICATES
Do I really need 5 white shirts, all in pretty much the same style? What about the 3 pairs of Primark PJs that are exactly identical except for the colour? No, I really do not. I looked through my stash and if I had two pieces that were similar, I forced myself to pick just one to keep and the other to give away. Similar, I recently received two pairs of shoes from a brand, both in the same style but in different colours and I most definitely did not need to keep both (even though I really wanted to at first), so I gave one to a friend because I knew I wasn't going to wear one enough, let alone two. In the end, I was quite surprised at how many duplicates I actually had, as I had originally thought I wouldn't find many.

2. MAXIMISE YOUR WARDROBE
I don't mean buy more stuff, but instead, make more use of what's already in there. For me, the easiest way to achieve this one is to stick to a colour palette, look for capsule wardrobe pieces and shop for things that match what I already own. It is very tempting to buy that heavily embroidered denim jacket but will I wear it enough compared to a normal, more minimalist jacket? Probably not. The idea for me is to buy less and wear more what I already have, only adding pieces that I really love and that I know I will wear often. I've been quite good at this for the past few months if I may say so myself; I have hardly gone shopping and instead of giving into all the trends, I have thought very hard on what exactly to spend my money on. I went to Primark this past weekend and only came out with two items, a black blazer and some facial wipes, and that really says something!

3. THE "ONE IN, ONE OUT" RULE
This is one I need to do more often to avoid any hoarding, but as I said, I bought a new black blazer this weekend, and when I get home tonight (didn't do it yesterday because naps are a priority on Sunday afternoons) I will not only be removing one old black blazer, but two which are very similar in style and I just don't wear them enough. If I get something new, something old will have to go. I am sure this will help keep clutter and excess to a minimum and hopefully encourage me to only shop for things I really need and love.

4. INVEST IN TIMELESS PIECES
Before I run out to buy what's on my wishlist, it will be a good idea to prioritise and budget accordingly. Long are the days when I just buy something for the sake of buying or because it is on sale and it might look good for that occasion (and of course I will forget about it after). Investing in pieces that are well-made, tailored, comfortable and stylish will ensure I wear them again and again. Buying something "fashionable" is fun and I am not saying never do it, but chances are it'll be out of season in a few months and then you're stuck with it. Well-made pieces last a long time and I definitely want them to also be timeless. 

5. GIVE AWAY OR MAKE SOME MONEY
As I removed more and more out of my wardrobe, I had to decide what I was going to do with it all. I prefer giving away most things, especially clothing, to the lovely young girls at my church who are thankfully always more than happy to take things off of my hands. For shoes (because of sizing) and handbags, I've managed to sell quite a bit of stuff on Vinted, which is an app where users can put up pre-owned goods for sale. Making a little extra cash is always a good thing and my unused stuff can be useful to someone else, also a plus!


Trench Coat: New Look (old, similar here) // Jumper: Matalan (here) // Jeans: Matalan (here)
Shoes: H&M (sold out, similar here) // Bag: Gucci (here)

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Thoughts on having a minimalist wardrobe? I'd love to know your opinion below!
Thanks for reading beauties!

xoxo
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  1. I think investing is timeless is a great option! I love your tips Pam! I simply just love your style.

    Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za

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    1. Definitely! I'd rather buy one timeless piece than 5 pieces I am only going to wear once! Thanks love xxx

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  2. This is such useful post! The one in and one out is a incredible formula. In this way we can manage our wardrobe well. You look so pretty in this pink trench coat.
    Have a great day!
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    1. Definitely one of the most important tips on here! :)

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    1. I did this with my makeup stash last year and it was the best! I only kept what I really use and ended giving loads away to my mom and friends :)

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    2. and of course I threw away a LOT of expired makeup.

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  4. I need to start doing this with my beauty stash! I did well Summer last year but it's too much again this year!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. This can be definitely be applied on our makeup stash as well! :)

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  5. I need to start doing this. I think investing in good beauty products will pay off over time, and you will feel better.
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  6. You've inspired me! I certainly do need to do some organisation of my wardrobe too! In recent years I've really started thinking about the pieces I'm buying and if it's just a trend I won't bother anymore, better to be classy than trendy :P

    Get a scarf on with that trench coat, it's freezing outside!

    Rachel

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    1. it was freezing that day haha but I was feeling brave :P and I agree, classy over trendy any day!

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  7. Great post Pam :-)Its not easy to minimalize wardrobe, I was trying but finally I bought second wardrobe :-D

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    1. haha I dont have space so getting rid of stuff was my way to solve the problem :)

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  8. Great tips, especially the third one which I try to live by! I am always attempting to keep my wardrobe as minimalist as possible!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Me too! Plus it feels so good to give stuff away :)

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  9. Hello,

    Oh, amazing !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr

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  10. I definitely agree with a minimalist wardrobe. I only shop when I need something because there's been so many items that's I've worn just once and gotten rid of. It can often be frustrating. Love this post.

    Mich x
    https://michjosephblog.wordpress.com

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  11. One in one out is one that's almost impossible for me to do. I hoard like theres no tomorrow which makes it hard to keep my closet organized. Lovely look Pam!


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  12. You have an amazing fashion taste and thank you so much for this blog post! I definitely want to rethink my wardrobe and reduce it's size.

    Lots of love ♥ Janury Girl

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  13. So pretty!! love the entire look
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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  14. such a chic look! LOVE this!
    have a wonderful day x

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  15. Hahah omg I was staring to read the post so happy and read "Do I really need 5 white shirts?" and started hiding from the screen cause that's *literally* me lol!!! Loved these tips, Pam. Investing in timeless classic pieces is 100% the way to go, and I hope I can follow that rule more often in the future. The one rule that sounds really difficult to me is the One In, One Out, so I applaude you for trying it! By the way, I love your casual outfit today! <3
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. stop hoarding babe, you will feel miles better :) xxxx

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  16. Such a lovely guide, and I couldn't agree more, especially on number 3. I almost always use that rule for my closet too. By the way, you look so adorable with that pink trench coat and the grey turtle neck sweater. Really great contrast of colors.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  17. I always love minimalist wardrobe.
    It's quite frustrating if you have too many clothes and these are great tips.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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  18. Thanks a lot :D

    amazing tips my friend :D you look absolutelly great!

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  19. Hola, muy buenos días Pam, encantó tús tips, la verdad es que ha mi me ha pasado igual.
    Sobre tú look me ha encantado al completo, el abrigo es ideal. Un fuerte beso.
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  20. Thats a great post written by you! I love to read that blog again and again! Your picks are awesome!

    Have an awesome day !!!

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  21. You look so pretty <33 Lovely coat ;)

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  22. First of all great tips and I love the outfit you wear in this post x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.be/

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  23. Some really great tips here. I would love to try it but I’m not sure I could pull a minimalistic closet off.

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  24. I love the coat I have been looking for one like this for ages!
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Such a cute and springy look.
    xx
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  26. hey .....
    wow it's so awesome photograph,and Really So beautiful picture,I love these tips,Thanks dear for sharing...

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