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Minimalist (adj.): being or offering no more than what is required or essential

What is better: Owning a closet full of cheap, trendy garments or a closet with a few classic staples?

Lately, as I have been getting ready for class in the mornings, I have noticed an excess of clothes in my closet. The catch is that they are clothes that barely get worn. If I evaluate the garments I wear on a day-to-day basis it is much smaller than what currently hangs in my closet. So why do I have so much stuff?

Minimalism is a growing trend in almost every industry today from giving interiors a crisp, clean look to downsizing wardrobes.

Today, fast fashion is very popular but with fast fashion comes cheap design and trendy pieces. So, the majority of the pieces we are filling our closets with either fall apart after several wears or go out of style very quickly. So, what is the solution?

A minimalist wardrobe. Take your closet from clutter to clean with a few easy tips.

First start with some of your favorite statement pieces. This could be a fur coat, something flashy, or a bold shoe choice.

After you keep your favorite statement pieces, stick to the basics. It’s always good to have a couple different styles of jeans and some basic tops that can be mix and matched. The same goes for shoes. Once you have your statement shoes stick to the classic styles after that.

The minimalist wardrobe tends to focus on neutral colors, but it never hurts to add a pop of color or an interesting element with accessories.

So, how do you go from a full closet to a minimalist wardrobe? Start with keeping the items that you reach for first when getting ready in the morning or the items that disappoint you when you realize you forgot to wash them. Pull out the styles you typically go for and get rid of the items you bought thinking you would push your style boundaries. Think about it, are you really going to wear those things? Then, invest in some basics that can be styled multiple ways. This may be a grey t-shirt or a stripped three-quarter sleeve.

Do you consider yourself a minimalist when it comes to your wardrobe?

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