I am unsurprisingly torn between materialism and minimalism. I love the freedom that comes from fewer possessions, but I also love fashion and style. As I delve deeper into my yoga practice, the idea of minimalism bounces around my head more and more often.
Yesterday I zipped to the mall and left with a few new outfits for my summer internship. The thing is, I didn’t actually need any new clothing. I already have a wardrobe that would accommodate three months of business-wear, but I wanted new items. Styles are different this year, after all!
When I left I felt a little guilty (though not guilty enough to return anything!), and I started Googling minimalist wardrobes. It turns out the idea of a minimalist wardrobe is pretty popular – many people tout the benefits of a wardrobe that features 40 items or less. This could look like 15 shirts, 4 sweaters, 4 dresses, 4 skirts, 5 pairs of pants, and then it’s rounded out with some shoes. Some people rotate out “capsules” of clothing from season to season – three months per 30-something items. Some people include accessories in their 37-item closet.
I’ve always viewed my style as pretty neutral, but every year I’ll add a few statement items to spice up my life. Since I haven’t grown in the last decade, this had led to a closet with over 170 items (I just went and counted and didn’t even include my workout clothing, shoes, pajamas, or t-shirts from my college days).
That’s a lot. More than I need, really. I’m playing with the idea of taking a “capsule” or minimal wardrobe with me for my internship this summer. As it’s a 3-month period, and I have to pack all the clothes I’m taking, it could be a good trial time.
What do you guys think about a minimalist wardrobe? It does seem kind of silly to have a full wardrobe and restrict myself from it (it almost seems wasteful, the opposite of what I want to accomplish). What might make more sense is just to stop buying new items for a time period, and to enjoy what I already have.
Does anyone have a minimalist wardrobe? Or has anyone tried? I would love to hear about your experience and recommendations.