Aim Low: A Tiny Wardrobe

by Diana Solomon

A closet full of clothes and you still have nothing to wear? Well, you are not the only one.

Most women think of shopping as some sort of therapy. But, at the end of the day, that cute t-shirt they have bought or that pair of shinny shoes will not look that nice as they looked  in the shop window. And will not help them feel better about themselves. So will end in a dark corner of the wardrobe, or worst, in a landfill, polluting.

No, we are not saying that shopping is a bad thing, but in an era of consumerism, fast-fashion, aggressive marketing and influencers, it is easy to fall into the trap. So, what can you do?

If you are sick of all those hangers tangled together, all those clothes scattered meaningless all over the place, here is a three-step guide into growing a tiny wardrobe.

  1. First, declutter.

Give your best friend that dress that you only wore once, and you didn’t  like so much, but your friend is crazy about. Repurpose that old t-shirt into a grocery bag and donate/sell what you didn’t wear for more than a year.

If you are feeling lost and you don’t know where to start, you can find some inspiration on blogs or youtube videos about downsizing your wardrobe. We also heard that `the konmari method` can do the trick. Or maybe a capsule-wardrobe will suit you better.

Anyway, regardless of the choice, keep in mind: everything in your closet must bring you joy and make you feel better.

  1. Then do some research about fast-fashion.

Read articles, watch documentaries like The True Cost or The Next Black so you can better understand the fabrication procces of a garment as well as the lives of garment workers.

  1. Shop small & buy local.

Small bussiness, in contrast to Mass Market, launch fewer collections, and focus on quality, innovative design and fair trade. So, whenever you pay for a piece of clothing, you can rest assured that you’re paying the correct price. In addition, knowing that all the ethical values have been respected, you will appreciate and enjoy that piece more.

Also, keep in mind this simple tip: don’t shop for a `future you`. A dress that will stand in your closet waiting to be worn when you will gain or lose a few pounds won’t motivate you. Insted, it will bring you frustration.

Another trick when it comes to shopping would be to ask yourself two question -`why` and `how`?

Why you want something? Is it because you’ve seen that dress/bird/plane/superman on somebody’s Insta feed, because you really need it or is it because you feel sad lately? Because if you do shopping to heal wounds, it won’t work.

And how... How you will wear that t-shirt? How many clothes combination you can do with it? Because, you know, the more you wear that t-shirt, the lower the risk of getting it into the landfill and producing carbon emissions.

Summarizing, a tiny closet or a minimalist wardrobe doesn’t mean black and white shirts, perfectly aligned on the hanger,  as you’ve been seeing on Pinterest, but an airy wardrobe, that you enjoy watching and wear it.

 So aim low. And shop with intention.