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Creating Your Perfect Minimalist Wardrobe in Stages

By TicoandTina

February 17, 2015

7x7, challenges, evergreen, minimalism, style

I used to think that the concept of having a perfect wardrobe was pretty much only for rich, famous people.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully intended to be rich and famous enough (haha) for my own perfect wardrobe someday, but somewhere along the way I decided I was going to skip that step.

I realized I was approaching it all completely wrong. What I needed was a minimalist wardrobe.

Creating a minimalist wardrobe takes time, and one of the best ways to experiment with what items work best for your closet, as well as developing your personal style, is to challenge yourself by limiting your clothing to a few pieces and getting creative with remixing them to make more outfits. | wardrobe challenge, 7x7 remix

Just throwing more at a problem is never a good solution.

When something’s not working it’s always better to assess the situation, preferably with an outside perspective, and fix the root problem.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t rich enough.

It wasn’t that I didn’t have enough clothes or nothing to wear.

It was actually that I had too much!

We think that the more options we have, the freer we are. The truth is that more options more often overwhelm us and even worse, they limit our creativity.

Creating a minimalist wardrobe takes time, and one of the best ways to experiment with what items work best for your closet, as well as developing your personal style, is to challenge yourself by limiting your clothing to a few pieces and getting creative with remixing them to make more outfits. | wardrobe challenge, 7x7 remix

Developing your perfect wardrobe takes time!

It’s easy to feel hopeless, maybe thinking you’re just not the stylish type, but anyone can up their game with a bit of time and intentionality 🙂

Over the past year I’ve slowly been whittling down my wardrobe and “upgrading” some of my items, and for the past 3 months I’ve been living with a more limited wardrobe since we’re traveling over the winter. I couldn’t tell you what I left at home, so I obviously don’t miss it, and I fully intend to get rid of whatever is there when I get back.

I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’ve definitely realized some helpful things about my style. One of those things is that no matter how much I love color, I always gravitate towards and feel the most “me” in blacks.

That’s why I decided to stick with black/white/grey this round of 7×7 Remix with my friend Natalia of Ma Nouvelle Mode. Ever since she started doing fashion challenges years ago I’ve loved the excuse to play around with my style. This challenge is to choose 7 items and create 7 different outfits, and it always helps me evaluate the value the items I’m working with add to my wardrobe.

7x7 remix wardrobe challenge

In the past I often just used my outfits for pictures, but this time I actually did the challenge each day for 7 days and it was more tiring than I expected, especially since we had a really busy weekend with company. Oh! And it got really hot, so I ended up not being able to wear almost half of my items more than once. If I had kept going I could have made many more outfits because these items are so versatile.

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I HIGHLY encourage you to try out this challenge for yourself if you feel at all stuck or dissatisfied with your wardrobe. It pushes your creativity, helps you make decisions about what to get rid of, and most of all, it’s fun!

Follow me on Instagram @ticoandtina to see which outfits people liked best and vote for your favorite 🙂

TicoandTina

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