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5 Tips For Taking Care Of A Minimal Wardrobe

If you have a capsule wardrobe or are interested in starting your own, laundry can be a concern for some people. Here are 5 tips for taking care of your capsule wardrobe to keep it looking new all season long!

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Since adopting a more minimal approach to my wardrobe a few years ago, I’ve learned a lot about maintaining a small and curated collection of clothes without completely ruining all of them.

I know there can be concerns around the topic of laundry when it comes to capsule wardrobes because fewer clothes might imply more frequent loads of washing, which ultimately means your clothes are going to wear out too quickly.

If you have a capsule wardrobe or are interested in starting your own, laundry can be a concern for some people. Here are 5 tips for taking care of your capsule wardrobe to keep it looking new all season long!

Luckily over time and with some trial and error, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have helped me prolong the quality of my clothes and avoid doing constant loads of laundry. You should know that I am no domestic goddess and when it comes to looking after my clothes (I’ve been known to burn holes through clothes while ironing), so if I can do this, I’m convinced anyone can.

To help you out, here are five tips for taking care of a minimal wardrobe! If you’re not familiar with the concept of the capsule wardrobe, I have a few posts here that will give you the nitty gritty.

Tip 1: Undershirts are your best friend

stripes One of the best pieces of advice I can give to prolong the wear of your clothes is to wear a vest or t-shirt under basically any top you wear. Not only does this help make your clothes more opaque (I’m looking at you, white blouses), it also means your clothes aren’t directly touching your body and potentially getting smelly around the armpits. I like to wear t-shirts under sweaters and long-sleeve tops just so I can get more use out of them before washing them.

Tip 2: Wash when absolutely necessary

laundry I’ve gotten to the point with my clothes where I won’t wash them unless there is a big ol’ stain on them or if they smell. I know some people might think that’s gross, but I don’t think I’m a particularly sweaty person so I like to extend the wear of any particular item as long as possible. If you’re constantly washing your clothes every time you wear them, they’re eventually going to fade, lose their shape, and fall apart, so I definitely want to avoid that.

Tip 3: Use gentle laundry products

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Tip 4: Hand wash and line-dry

laundry-2 I know this isn’t a possibility for some, especially during the cold months of the year, but being as gentle as you can with your clothes by hand washing them and hanging them to dry can definitely help keep your clothing looking fresher for longer. The dryer has ruined so many of my clothes before, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. If hand washing isn’t an option for you, could you also put smaller clothing items into a mesh bag in the washer to help avoid them getting stretched out and misshapen.

Tip 5: Invest in clothes that are made to last

sweater I think the most important piece of advice I can give about taking care of a minimal wardrobe is to simply buy clothes that are made to last in the first place. The higher the quality your clothes are from the beginning, the better chance you have of them surviving for years to come. Higher quality pieces might seem like an investment, but they will last longer than cheaply made clothes and save you money in the long run. How do you know what’s well-made? Look for natural fibers, thicker fabrics, quality stitching, well-sewn buttons, and anything else on this super helpful list.

What are your tips for taking care of a small wardrobe?

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! I'm the mindset coach and writer behind The Blissful Mind. Whether you're trying to reduce stress, slow down, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little calmer.

8 Comments

  1. I’m always surprised when I see line-drying suggested as a way to preserve your clothes, because everyone line-dries their clothes over here (indoors on a clotheshorse in cold/wet weather). I would never dream of putting anything more delicate than a bath towel in the dryer.

    I think it does make a difference, though, as the average age of the clothes in my closet is somewhere around 5 years (I recently recycled a 9-year-old top that was getting holes in the hem), and everything is still going strong.

    I wash my clothes pretty frequently, too, as my office tends to be very warm and I sweat easily. This means I wash tops after every wear, jeans every 1-2 weeks, and sweaters, which I always wear over another top, sporadically.

  2. What a great article. I like to wear something of a daily uniform as it makes life so much easier. I know I will always have something comfortable to wear for my daily routine, something that suits me, something I know I feel good in. No matter what it is, keeping it simple and making sure it is right for you is the way to go. Great tips, thanks for sharing.

  3. My place doesn’t have a washer or drier and I noticed that I was really only doing laundry 1-2x a month (I already hand wash my “unmentionables”). So after 2.5 years I finally bought a $25 hand washer from Amazon, two 5-gallon buckets, and a spin dryer that gets out most of the water so you only have to hang dry for an hour. I’m excited for them to arrive in the next week and to literally be more hands on with my clothes. I have several “premium tees” and while they’re comfy they’re prone to fading, so this should really add to their life span :)

  4. I never really hand wash, but I do put a lot everything in bags. I feel like over half my clothes are air dried at this point, though I still dry my jeans, which is probably a terrible idea, but I hardly ever was them anyways. I might have to stop that.

  5. Great tips, Catherine! I just found your blog and I can definitely relate to it. I just started a capsule wardrobe earlier this year and am so far loving it. I also just recently finished a challenge where I wore the same shirt for 30 days in a row (yes, I did wash it)! It was hard, but helped me to appreciate my clothes more.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Abby|http://fruitableblog.com

  6. My wardrobe is neutrals on the bottom usually yoga straight leg pants, jogginh pants, and capri’s in warmer weather in 100% cotton mainly in denim. Gray, navy and black pants to go with colors usually blues and shades of green, everything goes with the pants. I rarely dress up as being retired. I do not own dresses, have several skirts. Sometimes people get tired of wearing certain items they’ve had for awhile, so I donate to children’s and teens group homes or low income senior housing. I never use the drier on clothes, hang on plastic hangers and a portable folding type clothes hanger made with wood dowels. Outside line is for towels and sheets.

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