I've been vlogging about my minimalist wardrobe and other elements of this minimalist nomad adventure we are currently on. (Current location: Portland, Oregon).
These are a couple of the vlogs I'm talking about:
It's been fun to see thousands of people watch (on Facebook) and I wanted to take some time here to explain how I choose my minimalist wardrobe.
5 steps to choosing a minimalist wardrobe:
1. Choose ethically and sustainably made new clothes.
I never buy new clothing unless the company has a committment to ethics and sustainability they specifically mention on their website. Also, there is a website that allows you to look up specific companies for their practices and you can see their grade.
2. When shopping for basics or need to buy cheap, thrift.
I love shipping thrift stores. When I buy second-hand, I allow myself to buy no matter what the brand is. Hey, you gotta draw a line somewhere. I do look for brands that follow ethical and sutainable practices often I end up buying something that is from Target or something like that. Thrift stores are for me a great way to shop for basics.
3. Fall in love with neutrals.
For me, even though I love bold color, neutrals are the key to a cohesive minimalist wardrobe. Most everything I wear goes with everything else because I have a lot of black, tan, and gray. It just works. If you don't embrace neutrals, you end up with closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.
4. Follow your own style guide.
Instead of shopping trendy colors that will disappear next season, choose colors that you love. My sister created a style guide for me. It has both neutral and bright colors and it serves as a guide when I shop. If an item is a color that is not on the style guide (or a neutral that goes with the colors in my style guide) I don't buy it. Easy peasy.
5. Find a couple companies you LOVE! I love softy, cozy, comfortable clothes that are flattering, have a bit of stretch, and are well-made. I fell in love with Encircled and decided to partner with them because their clothes are perfect for minimalist-mom-yogi-cyclist-nomads. AKA, ME. And maybe you :)