A Minimalist Wardrobe is a growing trend. And there are good reasons for doing that. I’ll bring you new ideas in this field in some February article or videos.
I have over the last few years been cutting down my wardrobe. A recent de-clutter during my breast cancer radiation treatment saw me paring it down even further.
Most of the articles you read or videos you watch concentrate on a Minimalist Work Wardrobe. This is what I teach my clients. We focus on creating a capsule wardrobe so that you have most everything being able to be worn with everything else.
I have come to realise that we, women and men, have more than one wardrobe in our homes. And I am not talking about a physical space.
Here’s a question for you. How many different wardrobes of clothes do you have for all the parts that make up your life?
It is very easy to go create a minimalist wardrobe in one area of your life and have wardrobe obesity in other areas.
Here’s a quick guide to all the wardrobe tribes you may have in your life.
Basic Wardrobes Most of Us Have –
- Summer Work Wardrobe
- Winter Work Wardrobe
- Casual Wardrobe (catching up with friends and family and shopping)
- In-the-House-or-Garden Wardrobe (usually kept in drawers; may or may not be daggy)
The Secret Unnamed Wardrobes You Might Have –
- Work or Franchise Group Wardrobe (may be everyday or reserved only for conferences etc)
- Evening Wear Wardrobe (for special events)
- The Good Clothes Wardrobe (remember when Mum taught you that you had to keep some clothes as your best clothes, only taken out for very special occasions)
- Exercise Wear Wardrobe
- Sports Wardrobe (a team sport, tennis, marathons, bike riding, sailing, skiing etc)
- Cruise/Holiday/ Bus Trip Wardrobe (Chicos have sections that caters for this specific market with travellers, black label, no iron collections)
- Beach Wardrobe
- Travel-to-Cold-Places Wardrobe (We have this – polar fleece, down puffer jackets, goretex jackets, beanie etc)
- Race Day Wardrobe
- Upmarket Club or Business Group Wardrobe (one you have joined or hope to join; sometimes we have a false impression of what the members wear)
- Special Interest Group Wardrobe (eg Red Hat Society Australia who now have their own special red, purple and pink clothes and accessories for sale)
- Supporting-my-Favourite-Charity Wardrobe (eg pink for Breast Cancer)
- PLUS Any Other Wardrobes That You Have
Time toMove On Wardrobe –
- Accident or Illness Recovery Wardrobe (specific clothes or underwear to make recovery easier and more comfortable)
The Elephant in the Room Wardrobe –
- When-I-Lose-Weight Wardrobe (all the hidden clothes – under the bed, at the top of the wardrobe, in another room, in the ceiling or attic, downstairs or in the basement etc)
Last Words on a Minimalist Wardrobe–
Having a Minimalist Wardrobe is not as easy as it first seems. For all that is written about Mark Zuckerberg’s grey t-shirts and men’s wardrobes of one suit colour, we all have other wardrobes that make up our lives.
It may make you feel good to have a Minimalist Wardrobe for work. What about the others. Is it time to let go completely of some wardrobes? Is it time to pare down other wardrobes?
All your clothes want to work hard for you. They do not want to sit there unworn and unloved.
Click the graphic below for a FREE download of a de-cluttering technique to help you happily move those hard-to-shift items from any of your Wardrobes mentioned above.