5 Principles of a Practical and Functional Minimalist Wardrobe

A minimalist wardrobe can be the best choice for women being overwhelmed by a stuffed closet full of options, yet you can’t find something to wear. If you’re one of them, keep on reading for the 5 principles of a practical and functional minimalist wardrobe.

  1. Pick versatile, simple pieces that can do double-duty.

all black winter outfit with ear cuffs

minimalist urban outfit with vestwhite button down shirt with wide leg pants

Basics are the foundation of your wardrobe. The key is to pick non-fussy pieces that mean you won’t pick a top that requires a certain kind of bottom to go with it just to look good as it will only limit the multiple-usage of your minimalist wardrobe. Like fashion blogger Jessica Stein, you may opt for a dress that can be worn with black tights and lightweight blouse in the colder months.

  1. Don’t pick the same color for all your items.

casual outfit with checkered scarf yellow coat with winter outfit

Bolder colors here and there make sense but not everywhere. It might be tempting and easy to end up with an all-black ensemble so that everything “matches”, but a contrast in color is also important. Like fashion blogger Jessica Stein, you may opt for a yellow coat that can add some pop of color to your all black outfit. Having one pop of color makes sense if you consider the other items in the wardrobe being able to be paired with it. However, the problem with having bold colors in single pieces is that they have to work in the overall scheme of the wardrobe, or else they became very picky that can’t be worn with multiple pieces.

  1. Have a few classic coats that can dress up your outfits.

all white outfit with camel coat checkered coat with all white outfit and red shoes

If you find your minimalist outfit too simple, dress it up with a classic coat. Think of belted wrap coat, double-breasted trench, pea coat, simple button-up coat, and such in the colder months while trench coats, Safari-style jackets, wraps, single-breasted coats, double-breasted coats, bomber jackets and such will work in the warmer months. Consider picking colors around burgundy, navy, khaki, army green, camel, tan and such.

  1. Think of more formal pieces as quite casual.

casual dress with leather trousers minimalist pastel yellow jumpsuit polka dots dress with over the knee boots

As for the pieces like the black and white dress, you can wear them as your casual outfit for the weekend. You may think of your jumpsuits and dresses in casual fabrics that can be dressed up or down. Like fashion blogger Jessica Stein, you may opt for a dressy jumpsuit that can be worn as casual with a sling bag on your weekends, and dress it up with heels and clutch for the evenings. If the dress is jersey and not something like a silk or anything equally as stiff, and it looks nice on its own.

  1. Consider everything you buy with a scrutinizing, sharp eye.

casual party outfit with heels white sweater with jeans

The key to a minimalist wardrobe is making sure that every piece you buy is versatile enough to go well with any of your existing pieces so you’ll get the most value of your purchase. By doing this, you’ll avoid a mish-mash of random but cool pieces that don’t go together at all. The trick is to have a 90% balance of neutral, classic pieces and 10% interesting or unique pieces that can easily go from one outfit to another. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to get a practical and minimalist wardrobe that works for you.

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