Benefits of a Minimalist Wardrobe

The Minimalist Wardrobe

Let go of the quick shopping highs and replace them with real, long-term benefits.

Benefits of a Minimalist Wardrobe
Illustration by Hannah Beasley

Having a minimalist wardrobe comes with many significant benefits. In fact, there are zero downsides to it. A minimalist wardrobe should never limit your life, remember?

As said in our article that defines a minimalist wardrobe, anyone can get one, regardless of lifestyle. The same holds true to the benefits of a minimalist wardrobe: anyone, and everyone, with a minimalist wardrobe will experience a plethora of even life changing benefits.

Admittedly, making your wardrobe minimalist — depending on what the current state of your wardrobe is — can take a lot of time and effort. At the same time you’re giving up those deceiving little shopping highs that our brains have learned to crave, which isn’t easy either.

But if you’re ready to put the initial work in, and let go of short term dopamine boosts, read on to see what kind of perks await you.

Wear Nothing But Your Favorites

One of the biggest reasons clothes don’t get worn is that you simply don’t like wearing them. Those white jeans might have seemed great when you bought them, but now they just don’t feel like you. The only time you’ll put them on is when you’re guilt tripping yourself into it.

The whole point of a minimalist wardrobe is to get rid of clothes you don’t wear, which means that you’ll only be left with what you enjoy wearing — your favorites.

Whatever you do, and wherever you go, at least you’re wearing your best clothes, simply because because you don’t own anything else! Suddenly you’re never in situations where you’re second guessing your outfit. It’s like a confidence hack that lifts your baseline confidence up a notch.

More Energy to Live Your Life

A cluttered wardrobe makes outfit choices difficult. When you haven’t thought about what works with what, and when you’re forced to choose between mediocre pieces you’d rather not be wearing at all, you’ll get struck with decision fatigue — or even decision avoidance.

Essentially we all have a set amount of decision power we can use every day. Every decision we make drains the power a little, until we either make poor decisions or avoid them altogether.

That’s why it’s crucial to avoid making unnecessary decisions, or at least make them as effortless as possible. Simplifying your wardrobe makes outfit picking easy, and fixes a constant energy drain from our lives.

Eventually you’re going to be content with your wardrobe. Sure, it might never be perfect, but at some point you’ll notice that you’re not thinking about buying this or that all the time. Your wardrobe is just there, doing its job — without having to be managed constantly.

Yes, we’re all about wardrobes here at TMW, but really the idea is to optimize your wardrobe, so that you can start living your best life.

Shopping Becomes More Fun — While Saving Money

Having a minimalist wardrobe doesn’t mean that you’re never shopping again. Clothes will need to be replaced eventually and your life keeps changing, bringing new wardrobe needs.

Remember when we said you’ll be sacrificing the quick dopamine boosts you’re getting from shopping? Truth is that while you’re getting less of them with a minimalist wardrobe, when you do buy something, it feels many times as good — and the feeling lasts for ages.

Buying something you’ve thoroughly thought about and researched — something which fills a real need in your wardrobe — is incomparable to seeing a cool looking shirt on sale and buying it because it was 30% off.

“I’m so glad I bought this” is a real feeling you can get after years of buying something, when it’s something you’ve truly needed and used.

To top it all off, you’re saving money! Even if your new clothes would be of higher quality and more expensive, you’ll buy so much less and have your clothes last longer, that the end result will always be positive.

Less Space Needed

A smaller wardrobe obviously means you need less space to store your clothes. This in turn can mean more options when looking for new houses or apartments, or simply that you’re able to free up space from your garage.

Even if you’d end up using the same closets and racks for your clothes, at least everything isn’t all crammed up. Not all space has to be filled to the brims.

Doing Your Part for the Environment

The fashion industry causes carbon emissions and it pollutes freshwater. Eliminating unnecessary clothes shopping and investing in pieces you’re going to wear for years reduces your environmental footprint.

It’s not a matter of buying second hand or sustainable fashion vs. buying less — you can do both. Buy only what you need and, whenever possible, choose used and sustainably made.

With all the personal benefits a minimalist wardrobe gives you, this is a rare case of a true win-win. You win, as does our planet.

You’ll Start Seeing Benefits Instantly

Getting to a wardrobe you’re 100% happy with can take a while, but fortunately you’ll see some benefits right away.

You’re saving money as soon as you decide that you’re done with mindless shopping. Discarding a few clothes you don’t use gives you more space immediately. Deciding that it’s fine to wear the same outfits over and over again — without worrying about judgement — empowers you at that moment.

Last, but certainly not least, the journey itself is incredibly rewarding. Let’s go!