I used to make a game out of finding people who were “well off” at the mall. After years of observing, I’m fairly confident that I have nailed how to find people with tons of money. Now, here’s the catch. It’s not the people with the flashy, designer purses, the suit, or the bling. Oh no. Those people may be well off of course or they just might be fantastically in debt. I’m talking about people with simple clothing, high-quality shoes, and a clean-cut appearance. I’m telling ya… It’s the frugal people who are killing it at life. The people who keep things simple and choose a more minimalist wardrobe. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be living in a time when it’s cool to dress simply and have more money in your life. So let’s talk about how to dress like a minimalist…and have more money.
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Are you actually choosing your clothes?
The first major question to ask yourself is, “Am I actually choosing my clothes, or is someone else choosing them for me?” Maybe you are like I once was and you are quick to scoop up whatever the latest trend is before you even ask yourself if it’s something you’ll want to wear long term.
There are two major things I recommend every practicing minimalist do in order to make sure their minimalist wardrobe is perfect for them:
- Stop buying clothes for a while
- Learn to define yourself without clothes
- Understand the marketing tactics stores use to suck you in
At the very core of minimalism, your biggest tool will be knowing you who are and what you want. This is the best way to prevent yourself from over-splurging or spending money on clothing that will only get worn once.
So often we get distracted by dressing by how we think we “should” look. We wear what style magazines tell us to wear or even by what our friends are dressing in.
As a fellow minimalist, let me encourage you to completely embrace yourself and your unique style. Grab my FREE Guide book to get started!
So why have neutral colors been tied to minimalism? Quite simply because they stand the test of time. Just like the little black dress will never go out of style, neither will white, grey, or simple earth tones.
With neutrals, there is no “hot color” of the season which means your wardrobe never goes out of style.
Having basic neutral items like tank tops, tees and sweaters help you to keep and maintain your wardrobe longer which ultimately leaves you more money in your budget and less time having to keep up with the latest trends. Check out my minimalist uniform faves.
I used to get so excited by a sale or a clearance section. Instead of buying clothing items I truly loved, I would just head toward a
In the same respect, you could quickly find an over-priced item that in the heat of the moment you feel like you have to have only to leave the store with buyer’s remorse.
By being more conscious about what you want in your minimalist wardrobe, you naturally find more money in your pocket!
When you know exactly who you are and what your style is, it makes it easier to avoid buying anything that doesn’t fit.
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Plan your purchases
Instead of just heading to the mall to browse, make sure you are going with an intention.
Think through your purchases ahead of time and make well-planned choices on items that you want to buy. Check out my automatic minimalist budget system if you need some ideas on how to get started!
One way I plan my purchases wisely without overspending is by putting a designated amount of money onto the Cash App and then using the Cash App debit card when spending.
Just taking the time to slow down your impulses to spend is a great way to avoid unnecessary spending and will make sure you have a closet full of only items that you love.
Save on what you want
If there is a certain item you know you are wanting to purchase, my biggest recommendation is to try and save some money if you are able to. Here are some suggestions on how you can do this.
- Use price matching
- Check rebate apps
- Sign up for free store cards that offer discounts
- Wait for big yearly sales
- Optimize cash-back credit cards
You know that moment in the dressing room when you can’t quite decide if you like the new top you are trying on. Well, I say, DITCH IT!
It’s not always easy walking away from a kind of cute shirt, especially if it’s on sale. You might even spend your time trying to talk yourself into the purchase. “Well, I could wear it when I…” “It might look good with…”
No. Just no.
Remember, the foundation of a minimalist life is first knowing who you are and what you want. If an article of clothing doesn’t instantly light you up, then let it go.
If you try on an item and you aren’t instantly in love with the feel, color, and how it fits you, then do not bring it home with you. Dressing like a minimalist is all about keeping things simple and only putting on your body that makes you instantly feel joyful.
Ignore the trends
Who cares what you should be liking these days. Ignore the ever-changing fads and only focus on what you like. Check out my 5 steps to customizing your minimalist wardrobe.
Fads are ever-changing but something that brings you joy can last forever. I’m not saying it will, but it might.
Have you ever had a favorite pair of pants that you were sad to part with because they were no longer in style. Maybe they even wound up being trendy again! Next time remember that fashion trends always come around again.
Quality over quantity
My method of shopping back in my shopaholic days was finding the best bargains around. This left me with a closet full of clothes I kind-of liked but were poorly made. Not to mention an empty wallet.
Instead, save your money, make smart purchases, and buy only items that are of the best quality and are sure to stand the test of time.
That might mean you are buying one pair of $50 jeans instead of 10 shirts at $5 a piece.
Dressing like a minimalist is all about finding quality in the things you own. So don’t be afraid to own the best.
Re-evaluate your closet
Don’t think that just because you decluttered your closet once that you are officially in the clear. Oh no.
It’s so important to keep re-evaluating the things that you own. What once brought you joy, may no longer serve you and that’s ok. Check out our KonMari Closet Makeover (Couple’s Addition)
Of course, you will continue to grow and evolve as the years go on. Be ready and willing to part with clothing when the time comes.
As you grow and change you may find that you are changing your style, and therefore need to rebuild your wardrobe slowly. You may also feel less need to continue to hang onto as many clothes has you have.
Know your spending limits
If you are a classic shopaholic type, then setting a spending limit can be so beneficial because it can help you be a little more intentional about what you bring home (and how much).
You could set aside something as small as $25 per month into a clothing fund so when you are ready to make a new purchase, you already have some money set aside. That way you can splurge totally guilt-free!
Not quite sure you can trust yourself to stick to a spending limit? Try bringing cash-only when you go shopping, give my Cash App method a try!
Make money with your savings!
Once you have gotten in the habit of making more conscious decisions, with your minimalist wardrobe, your style becomes a lot more clear. Just by sticking to a budget, you will be able to free up additional money each month that you would have been spending on clothing.
Choose your dream
At the end of the day, you make the choice of where you want your money to go and what is more important to you.
If you just gotta have the latest trends and styles to feel your best, then go for it!
This is your life and if fashion is what fills you up, then don’t let anyone tell you there is something wrong with that.
Just be smart about it and make sure you are also financially taking care of yourself so you don’t wind up adding more stress!
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