In my post about looking for sustainably sourced clothes, I promised that I would show you all my closet at some point.
Well, here it is.
It’s not a looker, but it gets the job done.
Our house has an odd setup, and my husband has considerably more clothes than me, so his closet is upstairs and he shares hang space with our son’s hanging clothes.
So, I have a small, closet to myself.
My closet philosophy
I call my closet minimal”ish,” because while I do tend to choose neutrals, I don’t have an entire wardrobe built on the traditional minimalist idea that we all need to be wearing greige tops with black bottoms. I’m comfortable with splashes of color and finding clothes that are comfortable. My goal in regards to minimalism isn’t so much a sterile aesthetic, but more about doing more with less.
When I was younger, I had a closet that was overflowing and I would have to squeeze clothes in and out, but since I have been on this minimalist journey, my closet has become extremely stripped down. I’m now very mindful of sustainability and longevity when I’m looking to add anything to my wardrobe, and if something comes in, something else has to go out.
What’s in my closet?
I hang my entire wardrobe, because I feel like the more visible things are, the more likely you are to wear it. Workout wear, under tanks, you name it, and it’s on a hanger.
The baskets to the side contain my undies, my pajamas, and I keep a basket that holds clothes that I’ve worn during the week that I plan to wear again before washing them. The green basket on top houses my 3 bikinis.
I also have 2 pairs of tennis shoes, 2 pairs of casual/dress shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of boots, 2 pullover sweatshirts, 1 winter coat, 1 rain coat, and 1 jean jacket that live in our hall closet.
My style has evolved quite a bit as well. When I was younger, it was all high heels and uncomfortable outfits, but now I tend to gravitate more towards things that look crisp and are comfortable. I love outfits that I can wear to run errands and then they easily transition to a hike or a long walk. Multifunctional clothing is my jam.
Looking for inspiration?
I follow this great channel on YouTube called A Small Wardrobe, and her channel is all about curating a small wardrobe that works for you, minimalism, and creativity. I highly recommend giving some of her videos a view.
I also like looking at capsule wardrobe inspiration on Pinterest.
Minimizing your wardrobe is a personal thing, but I will say that all of the clothes in my closet get worn, and worn a lot. That is something that never happened before I downsized my wardrobe. I would have things in my closet that still had tags on it that went unworn. My wardrobe was never something I loved before. It was clothes that I was accumulating and wearing to fit something that I thought I was supposed to look like and be. It was a sign of privilege and driven by this idea of consumerism that urges us to want and want, without really thinking about actual need. I love my clothes so much more now. I love that my favorite shorts have gone on so many summer adventures with me, and that since I invested a little more to purchase them, they will, hopefully, last for many summers to come.
Do you wear and love all of the clothes in your wardrobe?