Minimalist Living: Tips for Starting your Capsule Wardrobe

I grew up in suburbia and going shopping every single weekend with my mom and sister. I continued this lifestyle up until John and I were engaged. I spent my money as I pleased and bought expensive things. John and I had lots of hard conversations about money and I shed a lot of tears. I was so used to putting my worth and identity in what I wore and what was hanging up in my closet. But God told me I needed to honor Him with my money, so I started selling clothes and decluttering my life. And ya know what? It was SO FREEING!

John and I have moved four times in the three years we have been married. With each move, we continue to clean our closets and declutter. Now, as we are preparing for our FIFTH move overseas, we have learned a lot about living a minimalist lifestyle. I have worked specifically on building my capsule wardrobe and pieces that are simple, versatile and won’t go out of fashion.

I wanted to share some tips with you guys about building your capsule wardrobe because I’ve gotten more questions about since I’ve started to share more about it!

Here are some of my tips when it comes to minimizing your closet:

DETERMINE YOUR COLOR PALLET
Think about what colors are you drawn to. For me, I lean towards lots of neutrals: black, white, grey, denim, olive green, and beige. Narrowing it down to 5-8 colors will help you decide what to purchase in building your wardrobe. I personally chose this specific color pallet because the colors are versatile and can take me through all four seasons!

OKAY, DO YA REALLY NEED IT?
When deciding what to keep and what to toss, these are the questions I ask myself:

  • Is it versatile - Can I wear for more than just a “special occasion” and will it get me through 2-3 seasons?

  • Is it a classic piece - Will I be able to wear this piece of clothing in a couple years? Or is this just a trend?

  • And as Marie Kondo says, “does this spark joy?”

MAKE SURE IT’S VERSATILE
I used to just buy things because they were cute and trendy, but after wearing them a couple of times, I ended up donating them or selling it because it was out of style. One of my favorite pieces is a cargo green jacket that I wear throughout the fall, winter, and spring because I can pair it with booties and jeans and during the spring time I can through it over a white tee and cut off shorts. Shop smart friends and this is where you can get creative with your wardrobe!

HAVE YOUR BASICS
I think there are some basics needed in every wardrobe. Here are some of the basics I’ve included in mine:

  • black denim + dark denim + light wash denim

  • white, grey, black tee (all great for layering)

  • denim jacket

  • utility jacket

  • white / black sneakers

  • comfy sandals

  • flats / mules

  • neutral color cardigan

  • neutral peacoat

  • brown + black purse

NARROW DOWN YOUR ACCESSORIES
Maybe it’s the minimalist in me, but I don’t have a ton of accessories. I have two purses, a pair of $8 gold hoops I got from Target, two gold dainty necklaces I wear every day, some tortoise earrings I made and two hats and a gray scarf. And that’s really it haha. Even when I shop for jewelry I make sure to get pieces that go with my outfits. I like delicate and minimal jewelry. Choose your top picks.

I hope this was helpful! I would love to hear what you are adding to your capsule wardrobe! Here’s a peak at what I will be packing with us when we move abroad/my current capsule wardrobe!

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Julia Mann