Upgrading to a Minimalist Wardrobe

    This guide is designed to upgrade your wardrobe from a heap of throw-away fashion to a curated collection of clothing that covers every occasion and makes getting dressed each day a breeze.

    Minimalism is a lifestyle philosophy based on the concept of living with only the items that add value to your life. The value could be based on a functional use or simply a happy memory. It's possible you have clothing you no longer wear that has sentimental value and makes you smile - if something has value to you, keep it.

    1. Preparation is Key

    Get some good music and block out your calendar. 

    2. Define Your Style/Decide What Outfits You Need

    Have an idea in your mind of the "looks" you feel happiest wearing and need for your lifestyle. Think of the outfits you want to wear for work, the weekend, going out or the gym. Maybe for the next steps, you approach each of these categories one at a time.

    3. Separate your clothes into three piles

    > Items you love, wear often and need

    > Items you don't wear often but expect to wear again on holiday/in another season/for a special event/for a safari/for painting the house

    > Items that you no longer wear and for which you have a better alternative and are therefore never likely to wear again

    Tip: Items that are no longer your size can be included in the third pile, unless you are planning to return to that size, in which case they should be matched with these three piles accordingly.

    4. Reorganise your wardrobe

    > Arrange the items from the pile you love into your wardrobe
    > Organise the items you want to keep but don't wear often into a spare suitcase or under-bed storage box.

    > The items you no longer need can be split again into "wearable" items for a charity shop or eBay and "non-wearable" items (like old pants) for a clothing bank 

    Please note: items thrown out with your rubbish will go into a landfill.

    Tip: Make it your priority to clear out the items you no longer need on your next day off, if not today.

    5. Fill in the gaps

    Identify the gaps in your new wardrobe and create a shopping list of these essential items. 

    Tips:

    Colour - Opt for neutral colours for expensive investment pieces so they can be worn across seasons and can be easily paired with any seasonal coloured item

    Maintain an item budget (for example 10 items or less) for seasonal styles that you won't keep for long. At the end of the season, donate these to a charity shop/sell on eBay.

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