As promised, I am finally showcasing my fall & winter minimal wardrobe! I typically follow the idea of a 10-item wardrobe, based off Jennifer L. Scott’s book “Lessons from Madame Chic” and her very popular TedX talk. Both of these inspired me to pare down my clothing, and only keep the bare minimum. Those pieces that I really love, that look good, and make me feel good. Thus, allowing me to determine what my true style is, and what clothing articles work best with my lifestyle.
After much trial and error, along with ordering clothing pieces internationally, I finally have the 11 items that I will wear for fall and winter. These are the key pieces that I wear day in, and day out. They help me to look presentable, and I never waste time deciding what to wear, as I don’t have many options. So, without further ado, here are my 11 pieces and how I wear them in “real-life.”!
My Fall & Winter Minimal Wardrobe
Out of these 11 pieces, 5 of them I already owned from last fall/ winter. But the other 6 were items I decided to purchase as part of my wardrobe for this season. I took time and conscious effort to choose exactly what pieces would work with my lifestyle, and still match with the rest of my wardrobe. I did not want to have any pieces that didn’t work well with the others. So essentially, I can wear any top, with any bottom. This makes getting dressed simple, and makes packing even easier.
However, please note, as I’ve stated in previous posts, this is not all of my clothing. I also have items that fit into what I call the “extras” section, this includes t-shirts, pajamas, sweaters, fancy dresses, swimwear and exercise gear. These items are not part of my everyday wardrobe, but are still pieces I need. Here is what I own in the “extras” section, and as you can see, my items are still very minimal.
In addition to my “extras,” I also have the pieces that are part of my 10-item wardrobe for spring/ summer, which I wrote about here. During fall and winter, these spring/ summer items are kept in a bin on top of my closet. They are out of the way, and not taking up space. Also, I don’t typically see or wear these pieces for the fall/ winter months, so I always get excited when I get to take them out again.
In the end, this is what my closet looks like, with almost all of clothing that I own (except the formal dresses).
So, hopefully this has given you an idea about what having a minimal wardrobe is really like; the process, and pieces to include. It really is life-changing and I encourage everyone to try it out. You’d be surprised by how few pieces of clothing you can get by on. For further information on establishing your own minimal wardrobe, here are some extremely helpful resources: