Minimal Chic is the new IT girl. Fashion seems to be the last thing on people’s minds when they think about sustainability, but it’s in every part of our lives. We wear clothing every day. We want to look our best. Why not save time, energy and resources by being a little bit more minimal.
I put together an outfit type that I wear basically all the time in the summer. A staple denim. Sandals. A dress. A bag that goes with everything. Find a way to mix these things into your wardrobe and you’ll be saving the planet in addition to your wallet.
1. Match Closet Items that Go With Everything Else
The best way to reduce your clothing waste is to pick items that specifically go together with everything else. If you can’t picture wearing it more than once, do not buy it. Simple.
For this outfit, I chose a basic denim jacket. I personally do not like ripped clothing. It just makes it look cheap and wasteful. A solid denim jacket will serve you in at least three seasons out of the year and goes with literally everything.
2. Monochromes ARE Minimal Chic
The easiest thing when it comes to clothing to get caught up in is color matching. With so many colors and textures, in addition to types of fabric and quality, it could easily drive a person insane. Instead, why not take away some of those needless choices by sticking to a color pallet that works for your style.
I’m not saying everyone should go 100% monochrome black and white. Though if you did, you could look posh AF. The key here is to use less and stick to a color scheme that suits you. 💕 Carly Christman, who explains it best with her video series:
For this outfit, I chose a solid grey dress. Dresses never go out of style. You can mix it with so many things. Grey looks good on anyone. Definitely a staple piece.
3. Shoes are an Asset, not an Accessory
Shoes are my frienemy. I love them and hate them at the same time, so I developed a system to make sure I don’t have more shoes than I need (even though I still love so many kinds.) Find a solid pair of shoes that you could see yourself wearing every day. If you can’t, they aren’t worth it.
For this outfit, I found a variation of a pair of sandals I already wear and they’re amazing. If you’re just starting to get into heels, these are a great introduction. I’ve worn these to investor meetings, as well to the grocery store or strolls around the neighborhood. A solid pair is an asset. Don’t make shoes your accessories.
4. Invest in Quality, not Quantity
Sage advice and the center of minimal chic. There are so many hidden costs to cheap fashion, it’s frankly not worth it. If you can, you’re better off investing in a solid purse that goes with every outfit instead of owning 30 purses that half go with everything.
I also adore Kate Spade purses, and I find Michael Kors tacky. To each their own. I’d rather spend $300 on a solid purse or two that lasts for over 20 years than buy a new purse every year for $50 each. $600 vs. $2500. I think that math is pretty clear.