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Minimalist Wardrobe for Women (Part I)

Updated on March 22, 2013

For a number of reasons, since the early 1990’s, there has been a real and growing interest in minimalism as a way of life, part of which includes creating a minimalist wardrobe.

Some of the reasons are as follows:

  • For some people it is a lifestyle choice, perhaps as a reaction against the mass consumption of the past few decades and a concern for the environment.
  • For others it has been forced upon them. As a result of the current global economic crisis, they have had to scale back their lifestyles.
  • Life can sometimes be complicated and fast paced and some people are choosing to live slower pace of life and enjoy the moment.
  • Some people live a minimalist way of life for spiritual reasons.

Whatever the reason, an interest in minimalism has also led to a growing interest in minimalist clothes and creating a minimalist closet.


It is interesting that minimalist clothes and a minimalist wardrobe means different things to different people.

  • For some people minimalism means wearing clothes (either mass produced or by an expensive designer label) that are very simple and minimalist in design and colour.
  • For others, it is about reducing the overall number of possessions they own, which includes clothing.
  • For others, it is about a wish to dress in a simple yet chic way and as a result there has been a growing interest in how French women dress, which is essentially minimalist, basing their wardrobe on a small handful of 8-10 items of good quality clothing that mix and match, and using accessories to look chic.
  • For some it is another fashion trend to be followed.
  • Others, such as Gandhi, choose to wear very simple clothes as an expression of living a spiritual life rather than a worldly one.

I think before anyone embarks on creating a minimalist closet, it is an interesting exercise to ask yourself why you want to do it.

The answer you come up with will be really interesting, insightful and unique to you.

Not only will it give you a clue as to the type of minimalist closet you want to create, it will also give you a clue about the type of lifestyle you wish to live.

I am interested in finding out why women would like to create a minimalist wardrobe and would be grateful if you took part in the following survey. I will use the results to write Part 2 of this article.

What is the number one reason you would like to create a minimalist wardrobe?

See results

* * * Update September 2012* * *

Thank you for taking part in this survey. If you are reading this, please continue to take part as I am still interested in why women would like to create a minimalist wardrobe and what it means to them.

From the above results of the survey, it currently appears that the majority of women (35%) are looking to not only declutter their wardrobes but also to have less possessions in other areas of their lives too.

Thje second largest group ( %) are hoping to create a minimalist wardrobe that is chic and stylish as created by French women.

I have written other articles on these subjects which you may be interested to read:

For Minimalists:

I have a blog called Chic and Minimalist Wardrobe which you may like to read and follow.

You may also enjoy my other Hubpages articles on Minimalism:

Minimalist Wardrobe for Women (Part 1)

Minimalist Wardrobe for Women (Part 2)

Minimalist Wardrobe Essentials - The key to avoiding a wardrobe meltdown

The Minimalist shoe wardrobe - the only shoes women need

For readers who are interested in creating a chic French Minimalist Wardrobe:

How chic French women create a stylish minimalist wardrobe

French Wardrobe basics - the wardrobe essentials of French women



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