Keeping a simple wardrobe is about more than just owning a small amount of clothes. It’s about having a wardrobe that you enjoy and know well. It’s about knowing how each piece you own fits you because you wear everything in your closet pretty regularly. Having a simple wardrobe will mean spending less time fretting about what to wear each morning and will hopefully mean feeling good in your outfits much more often.
So here are a few tips for keeping a simple wardrobe.
Evaluate which pieces you currently wear the most and least. By figuring out what you’re mostly wearing, you’ll be able to figure out which pieces will complement those best and what types of pieces to buy in the future.
Remove items that are currently out of season from your closet. You don’t really need to keep shorts and sundresses in your closet during winter or keep sweaters in there during the winter. If you put items that you’re obviously not wearing during a specific time of year, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what your current clothing options are.
Make sure you are able to mix and match everything you own. You know that top that you love that only matches one particular pair of pants or vice versa? If that’s something you could see yourself wearing more often if you had more items with which to wear it, it’s okay to buy something else that works with it. Otherwise, that’s probably an item you could easily get rid of. Avoid adding these sorts of items into your wardrobe in the future. In order to get a lot of use out of pieces, you want to be able to wear them with more than one other item in your closet.
Choose some sort of uniform and/or color palette. On a somewhat similar note, it can be really helpful to have some sort of uniform for yourself. By this I don’t mean that you need to wear the exact same outfit every single day. What you can do, though, is have a few templates for outfits such as jeans and a dark t-shirt/a dress and an oversized cardigan/jeans and a button-up/etc. You probably already are somewhat inclined to wear certain outfits, but you can hone in more on what those are and go from there.
You can also choose a bit of a color palette for yourself. Again, this doesn’t need to be super strict, but you can figure out which colors you’re already most likely and least likely to wear and make future color choices based on that. Or you can choose different color palettes for each season. Having a bit of a color scheme for yourself will help you be able to mix and match more and therefore help you create more outfits, which is especially nice when you have somewhat small wardrobe.
Do you have any ways that you keep a simple wardrobe? If so, let me know in the comments.