Staples for a Minimalist Wardrobe

Minimalism is about stripping away the excess and only keeping what brings you joy and value. By extension, minimalist fashion entails having a minimal wardrobe of clothes you love. It doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything you own; simply be thoughtful about what you have. We’ve gathered a list of must-have staples for a minimalist wardrobe below.

A Light Sweater

A light sweater is perfect for layering, especially in between seasons when you still need to cover up but don’t need a heavy jacket. No matter the weather, a light sweater in a neutral color will match most outfits.

Our Picks:

Everlane The Rib-Knit Crew ($75, shop here)

Gap Shaker-Stitch Cardigan ($69.95, shop here)

Foundation Pieces

Layering pieces are the foundation of a minimalist wardrobe. These items include oversized shirts, tanks, leggings, and other everyday staples.

Our Picks:

Madewell The Signature Poplin Oversized Shirt ($85, shop here)

Love, Bonito Lana Halter Neck Top ($29, shop here)

Everlane The Seamless Tee ($40, shop here)

Everyday Shoes

Having shoes that match every season is the way to go when creating a minimalist wardrobe. Forget about bold colors or large patterns; instead, stick to a solid, neutral palette.

Our Picks:

Vivobarefoot Opanka Sandal Womens ($150, shop here)

Rothy’s The Driver ($189, shop here)

Vessi Weekend Chelsea ($160, shop here)

Easy-to-Wear Dress

Throwing on a sweater dress, loose shirt dress, or fitted dress makes it easy to style yourself in the morning. What you buy already embodies your style and can be enhanced with accessories such as jewelry or hats.

Our Picks:

Grae Cove Giana Linen Summer Swing Tank Dress ($64.90, shop here)

Rails Nellie Dress ($258, shop here)

Garnet Hill Eden Organic-Cotton Shirtdress ($159, shop here)

Neutral Coat

A neutral coat is always a wise investment; it keeps you warm in cooler weather and can effortlessly dress up any outfit without sacrificing style or personality.

Our Picks:

Marcella New York Maren Coat ($325, shop here)

ASOS Smart Brushed Boyfriend Coat ($108, shop here)


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