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.
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?