The Many Benefits of a Minimalist Wardrobe
Your life will be easier thanks to your new wardrobe, and you'll be happier as a result.

Why Should You Get One?

Anyone can benefit from having a minimal wardrobe. A few small adjustments can really go a long way; not just for you, but for the planet too. There are no downsides to making the switch, so you might as well start today.

You may be asking; if it’s so convenient, then why doesn’t everyone have a minimalist wardrobe? The reason is simple: it takes time and effort. It’s a labor of love, but it’s a worthwhile effort to make.

There are many reasons to minimize your wardrobe. We’ve compiled the most important benefits you can expect with a minimalist wardrobe.

Simple Cost-Effective Maintenance

When your minimalist wardrobe is ready, it requires very little upkeep to maintain.

You’ll have outfits ready for all occasions. You’ll have high quality clothing which, if treated well, will last for a long time. You’re all set, wardrobe-wise.

When you do need to add something to your wardrobe, you won’t be wasting time or money: All your purchases will be intentional choices based on the type of wardrobe you choose to create. You’ll have thought through the occasions they’ll be worn at. You’ll be sure that every piece you buy works in combination with several pieces you already own. The best part? You know you’ll enjoy wearing it, and look good in it.

These are the kinds of garments which won’t be forgotten after a couple months. You’ll seldom be spending money for clothes, but when you do spend, you’ll get bigger bang for your buck.

You’ll save money on traveling too. When all your clothes are just versatile enough, but perfectly coordinated, you don’t need many pieces to create several outfit choices. In fact, many people with minimalist wardrobes are doing weeklong trips with nothing but carry-ons. Even a backpack’s worth of clothing will suffice for most occasions.

This leaves you with more money to spend on things that contribute to long-term happiness, as opposed to quick highs.

Easy Outfit Choices

Picking out clothes to wear is an everyday task. Depending on your wardrobe, that task can be daunting.

These kinds of small struggles eat up our mental energy for the day, and leave us too tired to deal with other, more important things.

Decision fatigue is very real. You have a limited amount of energy for decision making per day. Many high-achieving individuals choose to wear the same outfit every day. It’s one less decision to make. Although we’re all for those individuals, a little versatility in your wardrobe can still be easy to manage and very rewarding.

Knowing exactly what’s in your wardrobe allows you to pre-plan outfits for any occasion. This means that you won’t be thinking about which individual pieces to match, but rather which outfit to pick for the relevant occasion.

Having an intentional wardrobe with planned outfit means that you won’t be second guessing your choices. You’ll always feel good in your clothes. A minimalist wardrobe takes away all your clothing related stress and worrying. Your wardrobe is ready for whatever life throws at you, and you’re dressed perfectly for each situation.

Forget about the next sale that’s on. Focus on the more meaningful aspects of your life, in your awesome, pre-planned outfits.

Enjoy Shopping When You Do

Shopping isn’t a swear word among minimalists… or at least it shouldn’t be. Having clothing that you feel comfortable and confident in is important.

The problem? Many of the things we buy (not just clothes) aren’t often necessary or even useful. Sometimes we buy things because buying them feels good. We might even trick ourselves into thinking that something is useful, just to justify the spend.

This results in us wasting money on things that don’t positively affect our lives after a few weeks. Soon we’re surrounded by reminders of wasted money — which take up space in our homes. We end up spending even more money trying to make us feel better about our old bad choices, and the cycle continues. Sound familiar?

This is exactly what minimalism is against. Not shopping itself; just mindless shopping.

When you do need something, the good feeling after buying it never fades. Instead it transitions into a deep appreciation for the item. Intentional purchases will make you say “I’m glad that I bought this” after several years.

If you think mindlessly shopping for clothes feels good, just wait until you get to try intentional shopping investments.

Minimize Your Environmental Burden

“The fashion industry produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water globally and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of jeans.

Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. If nothing changes, by 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget. Washing clothes also releases half a million tonnes of microfibres into the ocean every year.”UN Environment

Buying less clothing is a way for any individual to contribute to mending of our environment.

With a minimalist wardrobe, you aren’t sacrificing anything by owning less clothing. You’ll have a better and more versatile wardrobe, while minimizing your toll on the environment.

You can buy secondhand clothing, or make sure the clothes you buy are sustainably made in order to further contribute to the cause. This is something we highly recommend, but just remember that just by living with a minimalist wardrobe, you’re already making a difference.

You Have Everything to Gain and Nothing to Lose

Having unnecessary clothes fill up your wardrobe. It creates the illusion of choice, but in effect the opposite is true.

Having more clothes feels good at the moment of purchase, but leads to future regret and even more impulse spending.

People won’t look at your ever-changing outfits with respect and admiration.

A purposeful, minimalist wardrobe reaps all the benefits clothes add to your life — without any drawbacks. It might sound a little overwhelming, but we’re here to help you with each step, whenever you’re ready.

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