How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe

| August 7, 2019 | 12 Comments

Do you find yourself paying a huge amount of money for your child’s back to school wardrobe? It can be pricey to buy back school clothes; however, it doesn’t have to be. One of the best tricks is to create a minimalist wardrobe for your child. What does that mean? A minimalist wardrobe is one that has only a few pieces, but can be used to create several outfits. In other words, your child won’t have pieces that only work in one outfit. Let’s take a closer look at how to create a minimalist back to school wardrobe!

How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe
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How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe

Focus on the Basics

First things first: focus on the basics your child needs. Your child will probably need jeans, tee shirts, underwear, socks, shorts, possibly skirts, and a jacket at the beginning of the school season. You can purchase jeans in light, medium, and dark. You want to avoid jeans that can only be worn with one outfit or are something your child may wear once and never wear again. The same goes for all other pieces.

Embrace Neutrals

Neutrals are perfect for a minimalist wardrobe. Neutrals can be mixed and matched with almost anything. If your child happens to already have pieces in their wardrobe that only went with one other piece, neutrals work great. Basic neutral colors include black, gray, navy, brown, khaki, and white. Anything can be paired with neutrals.

How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe
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Buy Pieces That Can Be Mixed and Matched

You always want to purchase pieces that can work in multiple outfits. If you purchase six shirts and six pairs of pants, your child will have several outfits to choose from. In other words, your child won’t need an entire closet full of clothes.

How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe
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Avoid Pieces That Have Little Use

There are some pieces that can only be worn with one thing to look good. Avoid these pieces. Something that stands out a lot will be noticeable when worn more than once in a week; however, if your child is pulling from a wardrobe filled with neutrals, she can wear the same pieces throughout the week and no one know.

How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe
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Purchase Good Quality Pieces

Last, but not least, since you will be buying fewer pieces, invest in the best quality pieces you can afford. This will ensure that the pieces last longer. Because your child will be wearing the pieces more frequently, you’ll want pieces that can withstand being washed once or twice per week. Compare prices, read reviews, and check the quality.

How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe
How to Create a Minimalist Back to School Wardrobe

A minimalist wardrobe gives your child so many outfit options, but cost a lot less. If you want to invest in clothes that your child will get a lot of use out of, go with a minimalist wardrobe. You will pay more per piece of clothing to invest in quality pieces, but you’ll still spend a lot less money, especially if you shop back to school clothing sales. Take the money you saved buying a minimalist wardrobe and put it aside to buy clothing for the winter!

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. LisaM says:

    This is very helpful for me! (the kid has a uniform 😉

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Quality in clothing and footwear is essential so that they last longer.

  3. Shirley says:

    I like buying items that can be mixed and matched Good tips thank you

  4. Emily says:

    Great post. I really like the ideas of creating minimalist wardrobes for back to school.

  5. micheline says:

    I agree its better to have fewer pieces but good quality.

  6. Calvin says:

    Neat idea, fits the budget, while introducing a new simple style

  7. JoKing says:

    Just like us there are key pieces that should be good quality. work the trendy stuff around that.

  8. Fan R. says:

    Mixed and Matched would be our style this year for upcoming school year!

  9. Kristi says:

    I think mixing and matching is a really important one. You can create so many outfits then from fewer pieces and your child can still have great style 🙂

  10. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    I feel you should only need to add to the kids favourites and that way they’re happy and so is the parents wallet

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