For a while now minimalistism has been a popular trend. It’s taking over our living rooms and makeup drawers. What does it really mean to have a minimalist closet? It’s all about simplicity. Think simple, classic silhouettes. a few neutral colors. You will need fewer pieces. It’s cool, but why would you want to try it?
WHY MINIMALIST WARDROBES ARE A GOOD IDEA
- YOU’LL SAVE TIME
A minimalist wardrobe is built around a neutral palette of colors (in simple shades like black, white and navy). It’s easier to put together an outfit without planning or much thought if you have fewer colors and prints.
- YOU’LL SAVE MONEY
Minimalists believe in having fewer items. This means that you don’t need to rush to the shop every season to get the latest trends. Instead, you will reach for timeless pieces that you can count on year after year.
YOUR WARDROBE WILL USE WAY LESS SPACE
This sounds great (and practical), doesn’t it? This is what you need to know in order to start your minimalist wardrobe journey.
HOW TO BUILD A MINIMALIST WARDROBE
1. CLEAN YOUR CLOSET
Your wardrobe must be emptied first. Lay everything in your closet on your bed. Take everything out of your closet and lay it on your bed. Those are the ones you should keep.
2. SEARCH MINIMALIST STYLE INSPO
It can be difficult to know where to begin when rebuilding your wardrobe if you are new to minimalist fashion. Instagram is your best friend. Look out for the Instagram girls who do the so-simple-it-is-cool thing. You’ll also get some great outfit inspiration. These are some of our favourite IG fashion icons:
- Brittany Bathgate
This U.K.-based blogger is the epitome of COS (the minimalist fashion haven that you should know).
- Lizzy Hadfield
Hadfield’s blog Shot from the Street documents her beautiful, simple outfits as well as her swoon-worthy travels.
- Sylvie Mus
The work of this Copenhagen-based stylist has been featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and many other ultra-chic publications.
- Jada Sezer
Sezer is a podcaster, model, and mental health advocate. His mostly black, white, and denim outfit is truly inspirational.
3. STOCK UP ON THE ESSENTIALS
You have a lot of minimalist influencers on your feed, so you will need to update your wardrobe. These 13 items are a great starting point.
1. White T-Shirt
It can be difficult to find the perfect white tee for your style, whether it’s crew or V-neck, slim or large. It’s worth the effort, as this casual staple is never too sloppy. It looks great with your favorite jeans or a fancy skirt.
2. Navy Blazer
Blazers are not only for the boardroom. This structured layering piece can be used in many different ways. Black may seem a bit more formal, but a navy blazer shows you are serious about business, while also showing your style.
3. A-Line Midi Skirt
This silhouette is both elegant and flattering, and will be worn a lot, especially in neutral colors. Wear it barelegged in spring and summer, and with tights or jeans in winter and fall. This dress is a great alternative to the traditional dress. It’s simple and looks professional.
4. Dark wash Jeans
We can make our legs look miles long with pants that allow us to pretend they are longer than we actually are. You can wear them with anything, from sandals in summer to boots at night.
5. White Button-Down
A slightly loose button-down is relaxed, comfortable and super chic, and an easy way to create a borrowed-from-the-boys effect. To keep it from being too stuffy, roll up the sleeves and untie the buttons at the top.
6. Camel Trench Coat
The trench is a stylish addition to any outfit. It can be worn with almost any style.
7. Cropped black trousers
They can be worn from work to weekend. However, it all depends on how they are styled. Keep in mind that they should be flattering to your curves but not too tight. They should also be just above your ankle.
8. Silky Camisole
A silky camisole, whether worn under a blazer, or on its own, can look sweet when tucked into a midi skirt or cool with loose, relaxed trousers.
9. Denim Jacket
Contrary to popular belief, a jean jacket can be worn all year. It can be worn over your shoulders with a summer dress, or under heavier coats in colder weather.
10. Long-sleeve Striped Shirt
It’s no surprise that so many articles are written about dressing like a French girl. How can you imitate their effortless style? Grab a horizontal-striped shirt. This shirt is a great way to spice up your weekend denim.
11. White Pants
We have never been one to adhere to fashion rules, particularly the “don’t wear black after Labor Day” rule. We love straight-leg trousers in white. They are more dressy and versatile. We are confident that it will look great with a gray cashmere sweater.
12. Little Black Dress
This dress is a true workhorse and can be worn in many different ways for different occasions. The LBD can be worn by itself. It is simple and easy to wear, and you won’t even notice it.
13. Crewneck Sweater
This is the cool-weather version of your white tee. For an instant outfit, pair it with jeans or tuck it in a skirt. This is a great piece for layering, as it can be worn in cold offices or on breezy evenings on the town.