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How to Simplify Your Wardrobe


August 20, 2021

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Do you want to make it easy to get dressed in the morning?

I’m going to guess your answer is a resounding YES!

If you’re like most, you don’t want to spend time thinking about what to wear. Am I right?


Tell me which is true for you –

A. You want to feel confident in what you’re wearing, not self-conscious.

B. You want to feel comfortable, not feeling every itch, tag, or constricting waistband.

C. You want your outfit to compliment who you are from the inside out, not dress like someone else.

D. All of the above


Now, tell me if THIS is true for you –

You want everything (choice D), but give it to me in a “Garanamils” format.

Now, in case you need a reminder, Garanimals (which btw you can still buy today), is a children’s clothing brand who provides mix + match tops + bottoms to make it easy to get dressed.

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Here is the Garanimals Promise:

“Our simple and fun “go-together” mix + match tops + bottoms allow kids (from newborn to 5T) to reach one of childhood’s biggest milestones, sooner—dressing themselves. Through the small but significant decisions that come from picking out their own clothes, children develop early feelings of self-confidence. Our system is also great for parents, giving them more time in the morning for all the other 80 things on their plates.”


Seriously, Who doesn’t want this now as an adult?!?

Today, I want to talk about one easy way to create this concept in your wardrobe. It should take you no more than 30 minutes to do and will save you loads of time each day. Ready to give it a go?


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Simplify the decision process by Creating a

mini-wardrobe within your wardrobe


Step 1

Carve out a place in your closet to consolidate your mini-wardrobe all in one place. You can do this by moving your clothes around, regardless of how big your closet is. For example, in the photo above, I moved my dresses and scarves to a different rack in my closet to make room. Once you do this, the rest of your closet may be a little disorganzied, but it’s ok because ideally you will only be dressing from this mini wardrobe for as long as you want to.


Step 2

Pick items that you love to wear and add in a few items you want to wear more of.


Step 3

Make sure you have a good representation of tops, bottoms, and layering pieces so you have enough of the right pieces to put together to make multiple outfits (think Garanimals!). Note – the number of pieces you want to include is totally up to you, just make sure you have enough of each category. I’ve included approx. 30 pieces total (7 bottoms, 5 blazers/ jackets, 4 sweaters, 4 tops, 5 tees, 3 silk cami’s) in my mini-wardrobe.


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Step 4

This step is important! Pick items that fit you well, are clean and cared for (no stains or tailoring needed) and are comfortable to wear. Since you’re working from a limited wardrobe, every item chosen needs to work really hard to be there.


Step 5

Ok, this step is important too! Pick a color palette (3-5 colors) to work from. This will ensure maximum mix & match capabilities. I chose black, navy, denim, and ivory.


Step 6

Lastly, use limitless jewelry and shoes to switch up your looks. You could wear the same outfit but switch out the jewelry to get multiple outfits.


Most importantly, be kind to yourself, embrace the flexibility and have fun! If you feel like adding an item or taking something away, go for it. There are no hard fast rules here.

I am one week into dressing from my mini-wardrobe and can personally vouch for the ease of getting dressed (Garanimals style!). Plus, it’s been easy to create new outfits that I’ve never worn before because I have less choices.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your closet, I encourage you to give this a try and create a simplified wardrobe so you can streamline your morning routine.


What do you think? Does this idea sound appealing to you and something you’d like to try with your own wardrobe?


Let me know if you love this as much as I do!

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