Guide To Creating A Minimalist Wardrobe

You’re a minimalist fashion lover and you know what minimalism is. But do you? Some people define it as wearing simple, solid colours or owning fewer clothes, but that’s not what minimalism is all about. Even zero-waste fashion bloggers could be considered minimalist wardrobe lovers!

So I won’t start this article by talking to those fashionistas as if they were already familiar with the concept of a minimalist wardrobe. Instead, I want to cover how a true lover of all things minimalist views his/her closet and clothes in general so we can pick up from there.

What Is A Minimalist Wardrobe?

A true minimalist wardrobe doesn’t have too many pieces of clothing. It’s enough to have a few clothes and accessories plus shoes, and that’s all you need. It’s something everyone thinks they can manage of course, but when it comes down to it most people struggle with getting rid of things and feel overwhelmed about the number of options available to them.

Instead of worrying about what you own too much though, look at how versatile your clothes are! That is the premise on which this article is built: 

Turn your wardrobe into a flexible one so you can wear everything within it whenever you want without having to worry about whether or not any items will go together well enough for an outfit. The idea of owning fewer clothes doesn’t mean giving up colours and prints; in fact, some minimalist wardrobe lovers go all out on accessories. But it does mean thinking about what you need and how often you use something before adding it to your collection.

So how do you adjust your mindset to be able to create a flexible wardrobe? Well, stick around and we’ll talk about that in the rest of this article!

Creating A Minimalist Wardrobe: The Key Elements To Keep In Mind

The first thing you should know is that creating a minimalist wardrobe is not just throwing away anything and everything because it doesn’t fit anymore. That’s an option, but then again so is buying more clothes. 

What we’re going for here is finding the right balance between both options by actually evaluating the clothes you own. And not just casually either; take your time to go through everything you have and ask yourself if it’s what you need!

Follow these three key steps:

  1. Evaluate each item in your wardrobe by asking the following questions about it:
  • What am I doing when wearing this?
  • How often do I wear this?
  • Will I be wearing it again soon?
  1. If the answer is yes, keep it. If not, decide whether or not you want to donate/sell it (results will vary depending on how many items of clothing you already own).

Think about how much money you’ve spent on each item you own. If it’s more than the price you would have paid for a similar item in-store, keep it anyway.

  1. Create outfits for your week ahead by choosing three items from your wardrobe that go well together and will make multiple outfits with them (i.e., choose clothes of different colours). 

Once you have your list, try to either edit the number of pieces down or replace some with something else if they aren’t versatile enough anymore or just don’t fit properly anymore.

As far as the last step is concerned, this isn’t supposed to be difficult! By choosing adaptable pieces of clothing, you can create at least five different looks with each one so instead of owning 30 pieces of clothing, you might only need to own 10! This will save you the headache of having absolutely nothing to wear on a day when you can’t think of anything.

As For The Other “Elements” Of A Minimalist Wardrobe…

What I mean by this is that there are three things you have left after following those steps above: clothes, shoes and accessories. Now let me address each group individually before we close off this article:


Do Your Research And Get To Know What Brands Are Worth It – This part isn’t just about clothes though, it’s about knowing what brands’ pieces are going to last more than others’. Look for quality as opposed to quantity, i.e., more expensive clothes might not seem worth it at first but they are because you won’t have to replace them for a long time, while cheaper pieces will need replacing every season.

This one is pretty self-explanatory: the less you pay for something, the less likely it is that it’s of high quality. You can read reviews online before making any purchase if you’re still unsure about whether or not something will last though!

Quality fabrics are always better than synthetic ones so choose materials based on what will look best on your skin type and what you think looks good in general (i.e., cotton or cashmere).


Determine whether a fabric best suits a specific kind of clothing based on what you think is going to be most beneficial for it. Is cotton breathable? Will silk make your clothes look shiny and luxurious or are wool more suited for something like sweaters?

You can usually identify quality from the type of fabric when shopping online but if in doubt, I suggest opting for fabrics such as linen, silk, cotton, wool and cashmere because these are some of the best ones depending on what you’re looking for.


The main thing here is comfort! If your shoes aren’t that comfortable then either buy insoles or just get rid of them altogether since they are not worth it.

Look for leather shoes that are soft on the inside. If you’re unsure, just ask someone in the store which ones are usually softer than others because they should be able to tell you where the quality is located.

High heels are popular but comfort comes first! There’s no point in buying high heels if you know they aren’t going to feel good on your feet so opt for something more sensible instead (i.e., wedge or flat). Avoid wearing shoes that cause pain so it pays off to buy comfortable ones over anything else!


Accessories can last years if treated properly depending on their material so these items are less likely to need replacing often unlike pieces of clothing. Since most accessories are made of leather though, it’s important to get to know the type of leather you’re dealing with.

Leather is one of the most popular choices for accessories because of how versatile it can be but there are different grades of high-quality materials that you should look at when choosing something in store so don’t just ignore this aspect!

Quality stitching is also essential when learning about an accessory’s durability so pay close attention to where your pieces are stitched together and ensure they appear sturdy enough not to come apart every time you wear them.

That wraps up this guide on creating a minimalist wardrobe! I hope you found all of these tips useful since they were written based on my own experiences just goes to show that minimalism isn’t that difficult to achieve at all.


What should be in a minimalist wardrobe?

A minimalist wardrobe will include items that are versatile, high-quality and match the user’s lifestyle. A true minimalist won’t have a target number of items they want to own, but rather some quality pieces that can be mixed and matched to work for any situation.

How many pieces are in a minimalist wardrobe?

A minimalist wardrobe is a very personal thing. It’s up to the owner of the wardrobe, and what they feel comfortable with, but in general terms, it would be anything from 20-40 items.

What are minimal outfits?

A minimalist outfit is simple, minimalistic and versatile. Therefore, creating a minimalist wardrobe (or closet for those who like it less intimate) requires you to own the simplest clothes possible that can be dressed up or down easily.

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