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Classic Simplicity: Embracing Minimalism In Your Wardrobe

This is a collaborative post.

It’s very easy to think that the more expensive your clothes and the more complex your outfits, the better you’re dressed. We need only see some of the comical outfits at the Met Gala each year to realise that’s not always the case, especially when seeing the ‘fits’ put together by stylist teams that don’t quite land.

That’s not to say there’s never a place for out-there style and taking risks. That brings spice to life after all, and it’s much better to see an outfit that doesn’t quite work but tries to be interesting than its opposite.

However, such an attitude can often confuse us about how to develop our own style in our own wardrobe. This is especially true if you’re trying to dress anew, update your style for the new decade, or you’re trying to put more effort into a certain outfit. If you’re not particularly up to date with fashion or are just working with the average person’s idea of what looks nice, then it’s always best to remain simple, minimal and focused.

In this post, we’ll discuss how to make simplicity work for you, and why embracing minimalism doesn’t have to be boring.

Declutter and Streamline

Declutter your wardrobe first of all. This may seem like a five-minute job until you actually do it. You may find shoes packed into the back that you haven’t worn for years, belts that were studded and cool as a teenager but not so much anymore, and fun garments like that martial arts gi you wore for a few years when you tried jiu-jitsu. Donate unwanted clothes and accessories to a local shelter or charity, and then sort your remaining clothes into categories, for example, work clothes, casual clothes and old clothes to wear for DIY or gardening. This will get you started on your journey to embracing minimalism.

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Decide On Your Favourite Brands

When trying to simplify your wardrobe, it’s good to stick to a small number of brands. This is because they tend to design outfits to fit together, with style choices that complement one another. Following brands and checking out their new releases can help you to keep up to date with the kinds of styles worn today, and you can view more here for inspiration. When you keep up with a few trusted brands, you don’t have to labour over where to buy from or spend a long time searching a million different sources, especially when you need an outfit quickly.

Use Neutral Tones and Feature Colours That Work In Sync

When in doubt, keep your colour scheme as minimal as you can. Use neutral colours to provide a basic base of one or two tones, and then, if you want, you can add a featured accessory or a pop of colour. For example, you may decide to wear a grey suit with a black tie at work, or perhaps a casual event might involve 90’s jeans, a simple white t-shirt, and a bold watch and chain that helps you stand out. As you can see, even retro designs like this can look great if themed together, especially if you don’t go too far with it.

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Having a minimalist wardrobe needn’t be difficult, and it’s certainly a stylish way to dress. With this advice, you can start embracing minimalism and bringing classic simplicity to your wardrobe. Do you already consider yourself a minimalist? Comment below with your experience!


  1. I do love a good declutter – I’ve found so many items of clothing that I’d completely forgotten about and it’s great to give them a new lease of life!

    1. Sophie says:

      I’m with you there! Decluttering is so satisfying isn’t it?

  2. I love this! I’ve been trying to clear my wardrobe out recently but I think I still have a way to go. I really like the idea of sticking to a few trusted brands, that’s really clever! Thank you so much for sharing x

    1. Sophie says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting, and good luck with clearing out your wardrobe! x

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