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I’ve discussed a lot about minimalism here at Happiness Is Natural. I especially love writing about minimalist fashion and clothing – so much that I’ve I decided to turn this all into a series. I’ll be writing several posts on creating the perfect minimalist wardrobe – through staples, accessories, advice and tips.
For part one, today’s post, I’ll be talking about curating the minimalist’s essentials wardrobe; a collection of seven pieces and outfits that I think every minimalist should have in their wardrobe!
Note: “piece” refers to a single item of clothing/shoes, and “outfit” refers to a whole ensemble. And the “For me:” part showcases my own examples of these essentials.
1: Not much effort [piece]
I created this so-called piece because it’s perfect for anything that’s not too fancy – meeting a friend, getting groceries, dropping your kids to school, etc. Something simple, that doesn’t require a lot of thought or effort.
For me: a pair of dark blue jeans. They’re my favourite – I know they fit well, I love the colour, they match with about 80% of my clothes, and they’re fairly comfortable.
2: Go-to shoes [piece]
This will be a pair of shoes you know are awesome – they’re comfortable, match with most of your clothing, and best of all, look great. Mind you, these can’t be your Nike trainers; at the very least go for some decent Converse-type shoes.
For me: a pair black ballet flats – I can wear them with virtually everything in my closet.
3: Date night [outfit]
This isn’t necessarily for a date – whether you’re single, in a relationship, etc. This is the outfit you would wear if you were on a date – it makes you feel gorgeous, confident, and you feel like it shows people who you truly are.
For me: navy v-neck top, and floor-length red skirt with a blue butterfly print. The essence of my style.
4: Fabulous outerwear [piece]
No matter how bad your outfit may be, all you need to do is throw on a gorgeous piece of outerwear an you’re good to go. I would recommend something like a classic trench coat, or for a more casual look, a good denim jacket.
For me: I have two of these items – one is a more casual, lighter, brown summer jacket that I love to wear with jeans. The other is a checked trench coat, better for colder days and more formal occasions.
5: Throw on [piece/outfit]
For those moments where you need to look fabulous in a minute – basically, the little black dress or your own equivalent. It’s your go-to option you know that you throw on and still look fabulous. For the last-minute dinner invites, dates, hen parties… no matter the occasion, it’s good enough.
For me: a simple dress; black top with black-and-white-patterned skirt.
6: Family event [piece/outfit]
This is also the ideal time to crank out a little black dress (only, don’t make it too little). Your aim here is to have a piece/outfit for a family event – whether it be a wedding, funeral, or family reunion. For women, this would probably be a dress, and men, think suits.
For me: I have two pieces – a pink/green rose-patterned dress [think wedding] and a short-sleeved, knee-length black dress with a rose pattern and black belt [think funeral].
7: The morning after [outfit]
This final essential veers away from classy and presentable. Comfort is key. This outfit is your go-to for the morning after – whether it was a wedding, long conversations with your friend, a party where you drank a little too much… this is what you wear the next morning, when you’re exhausted and need to relax.
For me: a crew-neck longsleeved shirt, my snuggly grey hoodie and navy leggings. I feel like I’m wrapped in a blanket.
I hope you enjoyed this first part to Minimalist Wardrobe. Next week, we’ll be talking accessories – what you do/don’t need, how to mix and match… make sure to click subscribe (sidebar, top) so you don’t miss out!
P.S. I’m 1 subscriber away from 200, and it’s not long until July, my blog’s two-year anniversary. When I hit 200 subscribers, and it’s July, I’ll be doing a fun Q & A. You can send me your questions by commenting below, or emailing email@example.com.
P.P.S. Since you’ve read this far, like I promised, here’s something exciting: anyone who sends in a question may or may not be entered into a giveaway 😉