"Less Is More" - How and Why to Build a Minimalist Wardrobe

We’ve all experienced the contradiction of having a closet full of clothes and feeling like we have nothing to wear. This can lead to a cycle of buying more clothes to fill that endless void — but still never really feeling like you've everything you need.

Instead of stuffing your closet, consider the many advantages of building a smaller collection of quality minimalist clothes. Before they even had the Marcella brand, sisters Siyana and Marta embraced that philosophy and just three words now inspire their design aesthetic: "Less is More!"


Why and How?

#1: Quality Clothing Lasts a Long Time

Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought an inexpensive “fast fashion” item only to have it fall apart after just a few wears. When you ordered it, you had high hopes. Now you’re left with only torn seams and buyer’s remorse.

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Buying versatile, minimalist pieces from reputable brands, on the other hand, allows you to invest in pieces that have been designed and crafted with quality in mind. Here at Marcella, we source all of our materials where they are made within the European Union and our company ateliers and artisanal partners handcraft every garment, ensuring quality, long-lasting construction.

It’s who we are as a brand. 

#2: Minimalism Means Everything Matches

Learning how to be a minimalist with clothes is probably simpler than you think.

Step one: Curate a capsule wardrobe of versatile minimalist pieces in neutral colors.

Step two: Get ready in the morning faster than ever before.

When all of your clothes follow the same basic fashion guidelines, it’s nearly effortless to mix and match. The biggest challenge is simply assembling your core wardrobe in the first place. Here’s a rough, basic minimalist clothing list: a few versatile tops, pants, skirts and jeans for women, dresses, jackets and shoes. Done.

Once you have your starter set, you just need to ask, “What is my minimalist wardrobe missing?” from time to time and fill in the gaps.

#3: Quality Clothes Support Ethics

Just like how quality minimalist clothing is made to last, it’s also made with ethics in mind. This means sustainably sourced materials and fair labor practices. The result? You can feel confident not only in how you look, but also in what it took to bring those looks to fruition.

Do your research on brands before buying. Companies selling quality designer pieces will have no problem being extremely transparent about their processes.

#4: Fewer Clothes Equals Less Clutter

Say farewell to your days of struggling to close your closet doors, having to clear clothing off of your furniture or tripping over loose shoes. Embracing minimalism means reducing your clutter level (and, by extension, the world's clutter level within it: according to the World Economic Forum, 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year: http://bit.ly/3ouDTll.).

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One trick: before building your minimalist wardrobe, go through your current closet and donate or sell anything you haven’t worn in the last 12 months.

#5: You’ll Love Everything You Own

Minimalism encourages us to hold onto clothes for the right reasons — because we’re getting regular use out of them and actually want them in our lives. It’s the opposite of holding onto things past their prime just because “you feel like you should” or “you might wear it someday.”

Consciously choosing minimalist clothes allows you to reduce waste, shop ethically, free up closet space, get dressed each day with ease and love what you wear.

What could be better than all that? 

1 comment

Great post, thank you. I LOVE your clothing. Found you on FB early in the pandemic. Ordered your masks and branched out from there. Really appreciate the quality!!!

Amy Van Buren May 12, 2022

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