How to Create a Minimalist Wardrobe on a Budget

 A minimalist wardrobe doesn’t always have to be expensive. In fact, having fewer clothes can actually save you lots of money in the long run. Think about it – when you have a closet full of clothes, you’re more likely to make impulse purchases because you feel like you constantly need something new to wear. However, when you have a capsule wardrobe composed of basics that you love, you’re less likely to waste money on trends that come and go. 
Building a minimalist wardrobe can seem dauting, but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few tips for creating a capsule wardrobe on a budget
Building a minimalist wardrobe can seem dauting, but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few tips for creating a capsule wardrobe on a budget

1. Shop Your Own Closet First
Before you start buying new clothes, take inventory of what you already own. Chances are, you have a few items that you never wear – or haven’t worn in a few months (or years!). Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, is stained or damaged, or that you simply don’t use anymore. You can donate these garments to your local charitable thrift shop or even upload them online to sell, using Depop, Poshmark, or thredUP! Once you’ve decluttered and made some more room in your closet, you can start thinking about what pieces you want to add to your wardrobe. 

2. Shop Secondhand Stores
Another great way to build your wardrobe without breaking the bank is to shop at secondhand stores. You can find some amazing pieces at thrift stores, consignment shops, and even online like The Real Real, Vestaire Collective, are great for finding gently used clothing. Not only is shopping secondhand more affordable than buying new clothes, but it’s also better for the environment. Win-win!

3. Invest in Timeless Pieces
Once you’ve decluttered your closet and gotten rid of any fast fashion pieces, it’s time to start thinking about investing in timeless staples that will last for years to come. A well-made pair of jeans, a classic black dress, or a tailored blazer are all great pieces to invest in! Not only will they last longer than cheap alternatives, but they will also look better and feel nicer too. There are so many different variations you can make by mixing and matching timeless articles of clothing that will grow your closet in a mindful way and are also essential for any given occasion. Nueve Los Angeles focuses on exhibiting and curating staple garments that lines up with the philosophy "less is more," combined with sustainability, fair trade and everlasting styles.

4. Stick to a Budget
It can be tempting to overspend when building a capsule wardrobe, but it’s important to stick to a budget. Decide how much money you want to spend on new clothes each month (keeping in mind that it’s ok to spend more if you plan on selling some of your old clothes), and then stick to it! Nueve Los Angeles also has the option to use Afterpay on any purchase, so you can buy now and pay later,  helping you manage your finances with installments. There are plenty of ways to build a great wardrobe without spending a fortune – so don’t let sticker shock stop you from creating the closet of your dreams.

A minimal wardrobe doesn’t have to be expensive – In fact, having fewer clothes can actually save you money in the end! Investing in minimalist and staple pieces will always give you a timeless look, giving you true style, and if you choose well, you can make over 100 combinations with only ten articles of clothing rather than overspending on fast fashion trends that cycle out and don't last due to their poor quality. Follow these tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe on a budget: shop your own closet first, shop secondhand stores whenever possible, invest your cash on timeless staples that will last for years instead of following fleeting fashion trends and finally – stick within the bounds of setting a monthly clothing budget! Creating an ethical wardrobe has never been easier – or more affordable.

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