Above: Cuyana silk cami, Babaton murphy blouse (similar by Everlane), Cuyana apres swim coverup, Cuyana silk tee dress, Cuyana cotton cashmere v-neck sweater, Hope lova blouse, Lou & Grey chambray popover, Everlane relaxed silk shirt, Cuyana dolman silk shirt, Cuyana pima turtleneck
Lately I’ve noticed a big uptick in the amount of interest in capsule wardrobes, but I’ve also noticed a trend to replace every item of clothing you own with a new season. I don’t believe this is in line with what a capsule was meant to be and feel like it’s wasteful to replace your entire wardrobe every few months. Instead I utilize a year-long minimal closet that is more naturally curated instead of replaced as quickly as the trends change. No storing, no sorting, no clean outs every few months, just curating it and being mindful of it in my everyday life. Today I’m sharing a few of my tips and tricks that I use to keep my minimal closet curated in a natural way.
Define your wardrobe.
Take a real look at the needs of your wardrobe, and be honest with yourself. How do you dress 99.9% of the time? Do you need items versatile enough for office work or home? Do you enjoy dressing up or are you more casual?
Look for versatile clothing.
Clothing that has multiple functions or can last through multiple seasons via layering is preferred over clothing that is very seasonal. Obviously you will have certain items like swimsuits and parkas that are very seasonal, but for the most part I like to consider how many seasons I can wear an item during.
Try the hanger trick.
An easy and natural way to single out clothing that you don’t frequently wear is to try the hanger trick. This involves turning all of your hangers around backwards at the start of the year (or whenever you choose), then once you’ve worn an item hanging it the proper and forward way. Every now and then when you check in on your closet you will notice the clothing that you wear more frequently as well as the clothing that you haven’t worn at all.
Don’t focus on the number.
At some point you might have to pare down your wardrobe. Try not to focus on the number as much as you focus on being true to your needs and style. Does the garment fit? Does it serve your needs? Do you wear it often? Can you wear it multiple places? Do you already own something similar?
When you have to buy, be conscious.
Quality over quantity has always been my motto, and buying clothing that will last longer for me is almost always a better investment than poorly made garments. In addition to that, I have been increasingly buying more eco-friendly and socially responsible clothing from places like Cuyana, Everlane, and some of these places.
- How to Clean Out Your Closet
- Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids
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- 5 Tips for Keeping a Minimal Closet
- Minimal Closet at Hej Doll
Do you have a natural way that you keep your closet curated? Any tips or tricks to share?