Less is more these days. The ubiquitous Marie Kondo has convinced everyone to declutter their closets, keeping only the things that “spark joy.” Others have followed suit, urging a minimalist wardrobe that focuses on simple, high-impact looks.
Think you can get down to less than 10 pieces? You definitely can—and look amazing doing it. Today’s fast fashion trends have catwalk looks on the racks almost overnight. You just have to select the mix of pieces that showcases your personality best.
“Women find a minimalist wardrobe frees them to be themselves and focus on what they love,” says Leslie Simons, a Miami-based stylist and wardrobe consultant for films and commercials. “When you have key pieces ready to go, you can channel your energy into your passions, knowing you look great.”
Find Your Signature Style
Some women prefer to choose a uniform: a signature outfit to wear on repeat. While the best minimalist wardrobe is a blend of high-low items, the uniform definitely deserves a mix of statement and investment pieces.
Remember, you’ll be spending a lot of time in this look, so it’s vital to keep it simple, yet unique and fashionable, and still versatile. The price tag may be intimidating, but if the garment’s quality is high, you will be able to wear it for years to come. A gorgeous, modern suit is a wonderful place to start. Try The Row’s New Schoolboy Two-Button Blazer in basic black, and play with the most pared-down of options from there.
“With signature dressing, you don’t have to wear the exact same look every day—even though it’s so current to do that,” says Simons. “You can slip into your perfect suit but change out a tee for a tank or a button-down, depending on your mood.”
Decide on High-Low Dressing
That little bit of variety keeps the minimalist wardrobe exhilarating. It’s simple, but it still lets you be you. Select pieces of all types to get the most out of your wardrobe. Feel free to go for two or three inexpensive base layers like tees or tanks. Even if you decide on black and one other color—like a muted coral, sky blue, or sage for spring—you might want to replace the layers closest to your body every few weeks.
Then, you can balance your prized investment pieces and your basic silhouettes with a few mid-level, fast fashion pieces, like the stylish White Calf Hair Underprint Button Down Shirt by Stampd or the funky, printed Toy Box Tank from Joyrich.
Pick out another couple staples, like a skirt with clean lines or a go-anywhere shift dress (like the Sleeveless Open-Back Shift Dress by Trina Turk) in your favorite color, and you’ve got an enviable minimalist wardrobe that works all season long.