My Minimalist Wardrobe

So I’m no fashion guru but I am fairly seasoned at the minimal wardrobe thing. Over two years ago I slimmed down my collection and that is a process I continued to invest in for about the next year, trying to really fine tune and figure out what did and didn’t work for me and my lifestyle.

And then I made a big decision to forget the idea of mix and match outfits or a capsule wardrobe and just invest in the idea of one iconic look.

For me, that meant black shirts. And I’ve been wearing black shirts, just black shirts, for over a year now. Everyday, everywhere, black shirts.

And I thought you might enjoy a tour of my closet to see what that actually looks like.

So why the commitment to black shirts? Well, essentially I like how they look, I like how they feel but most of all I just like not having to think about what I’m going to wear each day. It’s very liberating.

I enjoy being like a cartoon character; distinctively me. I actually kind of wish somebody would bring it up because I delight in it so but nobody has ever said anything. Not once.

So what is in my wardrobe?

Four of these exact same black shirts. For the longest time I lived with three but there were a handful of occasions were I found myself without a shirt to wear, oops. Four feels my sweet spot that allows us to get a little slack with the washing every now and then.

A pair of jeans and a pair of leggings. For the longest time I shunned jeans due to comfort. Now that I have found a pair that actually fits, I realise how brilliant they are. They are the absolute workhorse of my wardrobe. The best thing about jeans is they wear so well, they can do a lot of living before they need washing and that suits a small collection so well. The other thing I enjoy? Pockets.

Two pairs of shorts. One lighter and more casual, the other darker and a little more smart but I honestly, just wear them interchangeably as they are both my favourite thing; comfortable.

A pullover jumper and my favourite item that I own; this kind of coat crossed with a cardigan. It is so versatile and flattering.

I also own one token dress that gets warn very infrequently, generally if we ever go somewhere a little nicer.

Every day, getting dressed is so simple. I always appreciate that I don’t have to expend any extra time, energy or thought and I always love what I end up wearing; it hasn’t yet bugged me that it is the same love as yesterday. I feel very effortlessly put together.

It also means that my wardrobe is complete. I have no need to spend time shopping, spend money or use further resources until something wears out.

I also own….

Undergarments; 6 pairs of underwear, 2 structured bras, 2 unstructured bras and 4 pairs of socks.

Work out gear; a shirt, sports bra, 3/4 pants, long pants and jacket.

Casual clothing for home; two shirts, two shorts, two tracksuit pants and a jumper.

Swimmers.

A formal dress that I bought for a wedding a few years ago and store for other special occasions. I don’t use it often but have been able to lend it to a friend too so it gets a bit more use.

Shoes; sandals, trainers and a pair of converse.

And that’s everything.

So what do you think? Could you wear essentially the same thing everyday?

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16 Comments

    1. Thank you. I first read Marie Kondo’s book; The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up so initially it was all about removing what didn’t bring me joy. The things that never fit right or looked right or got constantly looked over. From there it was just a matter of paying close attention to what I did gravitate to; what did I feel my best in? What was comfortable and suited the things I was doing? And just continuing to invest in the things that made sense and removing anything that didn’t.

  1. Wow looks really good, the chosen pieces are so versatile and clean! I’m leaning towards a minimal life-style but I am still not nearly this close to owning the absolute minimum clothes, it’s really a long process. What a great accomplishment! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you! It is definitely such a process, I wondered if I would ever find my groove when I first began editing my wardrobe but was so worth the process <3

  2. I love your closet! I am quite close to achieving what you have, and also have the benefit of wearing a uniform shirt and black pants to work every work day, but your post encouraged me to edit a few more things. I love the same colors you do as well!

  3. What is your laundry routine? How often do you do a load of wash and do you sort or do it all together? Do you hang some clothes to dry?

    I would like to do a minimalist wardrobe someday. My main obstacle is that I have no idea what my “look” should consist of. The lesser obstacle is figuring out a different system for laundry.

    1. We wash clothing every few days; around 2 loads a week. We don’t seperate clothing except for Chris’s work clothes are washed seperate as they’re much dirtier and need a heavier setting. Then we wash towels and sheets one a week each. So it ends up being about 5 loads (2 home clothes, 1 work clothes, 1 towels, 1 sheets). We hang to dry as much as possible. I don’t wash everything I wear after one use.

      Hope that is helpful 🙂

  4. Awesome. I really appreciate you taking the time to share pics and detailed info about this. Very helpful and inspiring (as are many of your minimalist posts, thank you).

    So, QUESTION time:
    What do you do for sleepwear?

  5. Wondering how often that you do laundry? I really love this idea and would like to give it a go – hoping it means my wash routine would become easier, too!

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