Do You Have a Minimalist Wardrobe?

A few days ago, Pat Flynn posted this question on his Facebook page:

Ok, tell the truth…what percentage of the clothes that you own do you actually wear?

I was pleased to be able to say that I wear 100% of the clothes that I own. This is because I have a very minimalist wardrobe. It probably looks boring to most people, but it’s a wardrobe that doesn’t cost me very much money, and it’s one in which none of the clothes I have go to waste.

Why My Wardrobe is Minimalist

For the most part, I have a minimalist wardrobe by default. It’s one of the things in my life I don’t have to consciously think about de-cluttering.

First of all, I don’t like shopping for clothing. I find it tedious and annoying. This has a lot to do with the fact that I have slightly unusual proportions. This means that, even if I like something, it doesn’t usually fit right. So clothes-shopping is often an exercise in frustration. Since I don’t shop for clothes much, and I dread it when I finally have to give in and go, I just don’t accumulate that many clothes. This also goes for shoes. I have two pairs of dress shoes and two pairs of casual shoes. I also have two pairs of sandals for summer. And a pair of cowboy boots that used to be my mom’s. These shoes are all generic enough that one or the other of them can go with any outfit I put together.

Next, I don’t like having a lot of useless clothes in the closet. When something doesn’t fit anymore, I immediately get rid of it. Usually, I donate to a thrift charity shop or take it to a consignment shop. I don’t like to have that clothing just sitting there. And if I don’t like it anymore, I get rid of it quickly as well. Because I have a hard time with clothing anyway, it’s usually pretty easy for me to just let go.

Finally, I’m not much into trends. All of my clothing can be worn years into the future. I don’t like prints, or bright colors, so my wardrobe is rather somber and solid. This makes it easier to create outfits by mixing and matching, and I don’t have to worry about whether or not my clothing is “in style.”

Sprucing It Up a Little

Of course, even with my complete lack of style, I still like to spruce things up a little bit. The result is that I have a few accessories. I five scarves (four of them were gifts) and they can be tied in different ways to make things a little more interesting. I also have a little bit of jewelry that I can wear to add a little color and interest to my wardrobe. However, I still have a relatively small number of accessories to use when sprucing up my outfits.

The upside to this approach is that I rarely spend money on clothes. Additionally, the fact that I make it a point to care for them means that my clothing lasts a long, long time.

What do you do with your wardrobe?

About the Author

Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.