Creating a Minimalist Wardrobe

There’s a recent trend that has had me rethinking my wardrobe. It’s called a minimalist wardrobe (or capsule wardrobe) and it’s aimed at making the most out of a few favorite pieces instead of a large wardrobe that you don’t wear half of. The idea apparently was created in the 1970’s by Susie Faux, a London boutique owner who focuses on using a few select pieces to create everyday, wonderful outfits.

Donating to Goodwill is a great way to clear out your wardrobe while helping others

It may sound like a bit of a drastic step, but many moms these days are choosing to give it a try. Essentially, the perks of a capsule wardrobe are this: an overall smaller investment, easier outfit planning, less stress when shopping, and more.

So how can you make this concept work for you? There are a few steps involved to creating your own capsule or minimalist wardrobe, and of course I’m going to give them to you with a budget in mind. So, here are my tips for developing an affordable minimalist wardrobe:

  1. Define your personal style. You may not have thought of it before, but a big step in creating your capsule wardrobe is defining your personal style. What is it that you gravitate towards, what do you feel beautiful in, and, really, what is your style profile? There are many online tools that can help you figure out what your personal style is, and by knowing this, you can move forward in developing your perfect wardrobe.
  2. Clean out your current closet. Yes, this means going through each item you own and dividing it into three piles. The first pile is for items you absolutely love and make you feel great. The second pile is for items that you maybe haven’t worn in the last year or two. The third pile is for items that you haven’t worn in a long time but have kept them around in hopes you might, or because you felt like you should hang onto them.

    Put pile one back into your closet, that is the start of your minimalist wardrobe. With pile two, try on each item and decide whether or not you feel attractive or great in it. If you don’t, then it goes into pile three. Lastly, take pile three and bag it up, it’s going off to Goodwill.

  3. Plan out your ideal wardrobe. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and literally jot down what your ideal wardrobe would look like. What is your lifestyle like? What types of things do you find yourself wearing time and time again? That’s what your realistic closet is going to look like (with a few added pieces).

    When you have an idea of what types of pieces you need to have in your wardrobe, it will make your shopping process that much easier. You’ll know what you need to look for and also know what you don’t need.

  4. Shop with your goals in mind. Once you’ve developed your ideal wardrobe and also taken into consideration what you have at home already, it’s time to go shopping. Remember that less is more in a capsule wardrobe. That means that you want to purchase a few items that you absolutely love and make you feel great instead of lots of items that you kind of like. Choose quality over quantity and really put your time and effort into finding classic pieces that you can’t live without. Neutral colors are great for your minimalist wardrobe, as well, because they’ll easily go with other pieces that you’ve chosen.


This is a really simple overview to creating your own capsule wardrobe. You can really dive deep into creating your minimalist wardrobe and find plenty of resources out there to help you learn more about how the concept works and how to really make it work for you!

Have you heard of a minimalist wardrobe before? What are your thoughts on incorporating it into your lifestyle? We’d love to hear in the comments below!