How to become a fashion minimalist
July 10, 2014


Clothing can be a source of stress, and since we at Power 20 are in the business of saving you time while reducing your stress and improving health, we’ve researched ways to simplify the daily struggle of figuring out what to wear.

Peaceful monks and powerful people have two things in common: they spend many hours alone toiling away at their passion and they often give themselves a self-imposed uniform.

Regardless of whether you aspire to be peaceful, powerful, or both, consider the value of a self-imposed uniform or the next best thing: a minimalist wardrobe.

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Less leads to more.

Vogue fashion editor Carrie Donovan wore large eyeglasses, black clothes, and pearls. Albert Einstein always wore a grey suit, no socks, and unkempt hair. Barak Obama has only grey and blue suits. The uniform imbues power, enhances one’s recognizability, and reduces decision-making when it comes to clothing. You’ll save time every morning by paring down your options, giving you that much more energy and time to conquer the world.

Start by limiting colors.


Choose a color palette that works for you. Only wear clothes that fit the palette.

When it comes to outfits, color drives complexity perhaps more than any other factor. Reduce complexity by first reducing the number of colors in your closet. While  black is the common choice for the minimalist, one can achieve great effect by choosing three complimentary colors. For example, black, white, and beige can work together in almost any combination of tops, bottoms and accessories.

Another alternative is to have a monochromatic wardrobe, but to accentuate your look with accessories that pop, including belts and shoes. For example, you can add serious spunk to an all-black outfit with bit of royal blue or deep purple.

Give away anything you haven’t worn in a year.

It doesn’t matter if the clothes have sentimental value, if you can see a time when you’ll wear them again, or if you’re waiting for them to come back in style. Let go of them and you will be free. Trust us: you won’t miss them when they’re gone.

Figure out if it makes the cut.

To make the cut, the clothes should:

  • Fit you well
  • Make you feel attractive when you have it on
  • Fit into at least 4 outfits.

Go shopping.

The clothes that you do keep should be high quality and in excellent condition. Look for quality over quantity, and look for fit over brand or fashion. A perfect-fitting shirt will not go out of style, so don’t be afraid to splurge when you see a great-fitting piece.

Be brand loyal.

Finding brands that fit can take time and energy. By shopping at those places repeatedly, you’ll save yourself time and frustration when you have to replace an of-worn piece of clothing.

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Here’s a helpful 5-minute video documenting the culling process: