Minimalism isn’t just a fashion trend, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that has been silenced for decades because of its subtlety has now come to the forefront of the industry as a dominating style. It’s hard to define because it’s different for everyone. But at its core, minimalism is a way to simplify your life, whether that is by organizing your apartment, condensing your beauty regime or cutting back on your purchases.
However, beware of distinguishing minimalism from normcore. Normcore is the gender-neutral fashion trend characterized by unpretentious, casual and bland clothing that hit the fashion scene in 2014. Adapting minimalist fashion elements simply means you are a conscious shopper and only buy what’s necessary. Here are some tips on how to implement minimalism into your wardrobe:
Invest in Quality
You won’t need dozens of T-shirts or jeans if you purchase only a few select, high-quality items. Look for T-shirts made of jersey and cotton and jeans made from mostly cotton (95 to 98 percent) with Spandex or elastane for comfort. You will get the most wear out of T-shirts in whites, black, greys and navys. When it comes to jeans, you can live off of a super dark wash, a medium wash, a light wash and a trendy wash in styles that make you feel great. Sweaters are another important item you should purchase based on quality. You cannot go wrong with cashmere.
Save up for Seasonal Outerwear
Whether you live in temperate climate or seasonal climate, outerwear is key. While it can be expensive, it is worth the investment. A winter parka, rain coat, trench coat, blazer, leather jacket and denim jacket are all essentials. Once again, you should invest in quality as the outerwear will last longer and your investment will be worth it.
Go Back to Basics with Accessories
While it may seem superfluous to purchase accessories when trying to attain a minimalist wardrobe, there are several pieces that many may find necessary: a nice watch, a go-to handbag and nice stud earrings to name a few. No outfit is complete without an accessory, even a minimalist ensemble. The difference is, your minimalist accessories are there for utility and practicality.
It is important to remember that there is no “one” minimalist wardrobe. What one person deems necessary may be optional to another. The key to your individual minimalist endeavor is simplifying your life, or in this case your closet.
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