The number one reason you have lots of clothes but nothing to wear is that there’s a massive difference between what you admire on a hanger (or someone else) and what you genuinely enjoy wearing.
You should start with wardrobe essentials. Throw out any preconceptions about wardrobe basics or capsule wardrobes. Instead, think about your favourite outfits.
What do you always wear on repeat (or what do you feel best in), and what’s essential to create more of those outfits?
For example, I love short, flowy dresses, which I wear with shorts underneath to avoid flashing everyone. They are comfortable on my stomach, show off my legs, and are fun to wear.
They work for my lifestyle, and I know I’ll feel good in my clothes. Now, instead of reinventing the wheel every day, I simply repeat this style.
My “basics” are shorts and easy layering pieces, and a good chunk of my wardrobe is a collection of dresses. This allows me to be minimalist without sacrificing fun and variety—in a sense, I have created a personal uniform, which is what I actually recommend for everyone.