The minimalist look is so chic and fashionable. It is also easy to attain with a few essential pieces. Click here to learn how to simplify your style.
Do you waste time going through your closet every morning thinking, “I have no idea what to wear?”
Maybe your problem is that you have too many clothes to choose from.
The average woman has 30 outfits to choose from. No wonder we’re stressed in the morning!
The “less is more” way of life is starting to bleed into our wardrobes, and it’s not such a bad idea.
You don’t necessarily have to get rid of all of your clothes, but you may not be as overwhelmed if you know exactly what to reach for.
Keep reading for tips on how to achieve a timeless, minimalist look.
Ways to Achieve a Minimalist Look
Successful minimalists always look nice because their understated style looks classic. They avoid cheap clothing and trend-led style. They often choose colors that complement everyone and keep accessories to a minimum.
Let’s go over some of the ways you can simplify your look.
1. Stop Being Sentimental
Stop holding on to those pieces that you think mean something to you. They are just clothing. It’s just a pair of jeans. It’s just a bag. Keep the memories, but don’t hold on to bits of old fabric because you think they will offer comfort.
You started reading this for a reason. You want to dress like a minimalist. You will feel so good when you learn to let go and fully embrace the minimalist style you’re after!
You can’t do that if you don’t first let go of the past.
2. Toss It if It Doesn’t Fit
Don’t hold on to something from your past that doesn’t fit anymore.
First, it’s bad for morale. You may see it as a goal to get into those skinny jeans, but they’re just a reminder that you haven’t yet. You should fill your closet with clothes that you feel confident and put together.
Second, someone in need could use those jeans. Donate them to a shelter. Or if you choose, you could sell them and make a little extra cash to put back into your wardrobe.
3. Back to the Basics
Keep only what you need. Dress for the life that you actually live. Identify what you need on a day-to-day basis, because this is what you’re going to wear most often.
Don’t hold on to that dress just because you may have somewhere to wear it one day.
Keep in mind that your basics don’t have to be boring. This is time to experiment with shapes and silhouettes. Try out that unique neckline or bell sleeve. You might actually like it and it could become a part of your everyday wardrobe – what makes you, you.
How can you define your personal style when you have so much to choose from? Decide how you want to look and own it!
4. Experiment with Color
Identify what works for you. For most minimalists, this is a neutral palette – a lot of white, grey, black, and beige. But maybe you feel better in bright colors or patterns.
Pick colors that work with your hair color and skin tone. Once you find this combination, you can fill your closet with clothing that flatters you. Think about how good it will feel to put on something you feel beautiful wearing every day.
5. Few Accessories
Instead of having a pair of shoes to match every outfit and a plethora of necklaces to choose from, consider a few accessories that will go with everything.
Choose accessories that are versatile and complement any look, but get pieces that are constructed out of quality materials so that they will last.
You will spend less on cheap accessories if you invest in ones you love right away.
For example, buy a pair of timeless silver studs or a minimalist watch to add detail while maintaining a simple aesthetic.
6. Pick Out Classic Pieces
One of the beauties of dressing like a minimalist is that you don’t have to worry about staying “on trend.” This is the best time to shop for the perfect white blouse, knit sweater, or dark denim you have had your eye on.
These are pieces that will not go out of style and will provide a solid base to your new wardrobe.
7. Invest in High Quality
If you’re paring down your wardrobe, it is important that you invest in quality pieces that will last. Just like your jewelry, your clothing pieces should be treasured.
Sure, $200 for a pair of jeans might feel like a lot. If you love them, they are worth it. Think about all of the $40 pairs of jeans you bought and hated, or washed and ruined. Those add up!
8. Pay Attention to Details
When you’re going with understated styles, the little things will make or break an outfit.
It can be something as simple as contrast stitching or dramatic as a jeweled collar, but keep the details emphasized and to a minimum. This is how you will express yourself.
9. Choose a Focal Point
Like we said before, minimalism doesn’t have to be boring. As you select the pieces you wear, try to pick one that stands out.
If you’re wearing black skinny jeans, it might be time to pull out the asymmetrical sweater to balance things out on the top.
Or you could try wearing a basic t-shirt with a flouncy skirt. This is playful and shows that you’re creative and stylish at the same time.
10. Use Contrast
Well-placed can add interest to an outfit, even if you have chosen to fill your closet with only neutral colors.
Wear some black booties with white skinny jeans, for example, and you’re elongating your legs while bringing attention to your awesome boots.
It’s Your Turn
A minimalist look is not just for living on the cheap. It can be a refreshing way to reset your closet while freeing you from clutter. This can lead to a happier lifestyle.
Now that you know what to do, it’s time to go through that closet and begin your journey to minimalist freedom. Remember, we’re buying fewer, better things.
Comment below and let me know how it goes, and share this post to help friends and family do the same!
And while you’re here, check out my blog for more tips on how to lead a healthy, rewarding lifestyle.