How to Have a Minimalist Wardrobe

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The model is representing a minimalist wardrobe.

Minimalist wardrobes have been one of the most talked-about fashion trends in the past decade and for good reason. Creating a minimalist wardrobe is a great option to help reduce fashion waste, be more sustainable, and take the guesswork out of putting together an outfit in the morning. If you’re looking to size down to a purposeful and eco-friendly closet, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn how to have a minimalist wardrobe and the key pieces you’ll need for endless outfit combinations!

4 tips on how to have a minimalist wardrobe

Think you’re ready to start on the journey of creating a minimalist wardrobe? If so, we’ve got you covered with a few tips to start and to think about when purchasing new styles for your collection.

Start with downsizing

The most important step to jumpstart your minimalist wardrobe is to take a look at your current collection and start to downsize. Go through your closet and decide what items you want to keep, what should be donated, and if there are any pieces that you can sell to consignment shops. When deciding what you should keep, there are a few things to remember—Can I wear this style often? Does this item fit me well? Do I feel confident in this garment? Will this style work with other items I plan to add to my collection? If your answer is yes to all of these questions and you love the item, then keep it! If not, it’s time to donate or sell it for someone else to add to their collection.

Invest in quality styles

The main purpose of a minimalist wardrobe is to be more sustainable and help reduce fabric waste in our landfills aside from making it easy to get dressed in the morning. Fast fashion retailers that offer lower-priced, disposable clothing are typically detrimental to our environment and their workers. Not to mention, most fast fashion garments are made cheaply and will fall apart faster resulting in more clothing waste. Instead of buying inexpensive items from fast fashion companies, try investing in quality clothing that will last you season over season. This will not only help you be more sustainable, but it will also ensure that your garments fit well and look high quality.

Buy with purpose in mind

When it’s time to add new designs to your collection, always buy with intent and purpose. Try going back to those four questions we mentioned earlier—can I wear this piece often, does it fit me well, do I feel confident in it, and will it work with other items in my closet? If you’re thinking of purchasing something you may only wear once for a special occasion, try renting that garment instead so it doesn’t end up collecting dust in your closet. Rent The Runway is a great place to shop for those special occasion styles to be worn once. A minimalist wardrobe is all about keeping your collection small with styles that you can wear over and over again to create many different looks.

Keep it neutral

For most of the items in your minimalist wardrobe, you’ll want to try and keep them neutral meaning blacks, shades of brown, navy, white, grays, etc. This will help to ensure that you can create endless outfit combinations with the garments that you own instead of struggling to put together a look with only bright colors or loud patterns!

Key pieces for a minimalist wardrobe

Now that you’re ready to create a minimalist, simplified wardrobe, let’s dive into the basics that every woman should own in her closet.

Key pieces for a minimalist wardrobe.

Tunic top

There are so many ways to style a flowy, versatile tunic top and the Tiburon Tunic Icon is no exception! You can pair the Tiburon Tunic Icon with a statement necklace for work, belt it for a dinner date, or wear it open for a picnic in the park. It can also be layered with sweaters and cardigans during the cooler months. The options are truly endless when it comes to the Tiburon Tunic Icon (which is why it’s our best-selling tunic!).

The model is wearing an ankle pants as a minimalist wardrobe.

Ankle pants

Looking for a pair of pants that you can take from the office to the dance floor? Our Slimming Ankle Pants are the perfect addition to any minimalist wardrobe because they can be worn in so many different ways! They’re extremely comfortable but also feature slimming style lines to flatter every body type. They’re available in Black and Soft White and are made from a blended Tencel® Ponte knit!

The model is wearing a cardigan as a minimalist wardrobe.


A high-quality cardigan is a minimalist wardrobe necessity because it can be paired with any outfit to add a layer of warmth, comfort, and style! Our Go-To Cardigan is an elevated version of the typical cardigan because of its unique accordion-pleat design. This cardigan is available in Soft White, Gray, and Black to match with any styles in your collection.

The model is wearing a patterned tunic top as a minimalist wardrobe.

Patterned tunic

Even the most minimalist of wardrobe deserves a bit of fun! Our Illusion Tunic showcases an eye-catching pattern in muted tones so it can be paired with neutral bottoms such as the Slimming Ankle Pants or the denim knit Second Nature Capris. Like our Tiburon Tunic Icon, the Illusion Tunic can also be layered with cardigans, sweaters, and jackets during the summertime or worn by itself for a fun pop of print!

The model is wearing a colored tank as a minimalist wardrobe.

Pop of color tank

Who says a minimalist wardrobe has to be boring? Add a pop of color to your collection with our Favorite Thing Top in color Beach Glass. While this top may venture out of a neutral color family, it’s still easy to match with whites, denims, and blacks for simple outfits without looking boring! Don’t forget to throw on your favorite statement necklace to really take it up a notch.

The model is wearing a denim knit leggings as a minimalist wardrobe.

Denim knit leggings

If you’re into casual wear, the Stella Carakasi Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings are going to be your new closet staple. They’re made from an eco-friendly blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester for ultimate comfort and flexibility. The Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings also feature a unique criss-cross ankle design detail that sets them apart from any other leggings in your closet and they are available in Dark- and Vintage Wash.

A statement necklace for your minimalist wardrobe.

Statement necklace

Accessories are always a must in any collection and a statement necklace is no exception. Although a statement necklace is a step up from a simple jewelry piece, it can be worn with so many different looks and for almost every occasion! We love this Faux-Pearl Illusion Necklace from Chicos because it’s simple enough to pair with every outfit but it’s eye-catching to take your look to the next level.

Versatile shoes

Choosing the right shoes for your minimalist collection is super important for versatility to rock with many different looks. We always love a simple strappy shoe with a small heel like the Kenneth Cole Noa Ankle Strap Wedge to wear during any occasion whether it be casual or more formal. Try keeping your shoes as neutral as possible so you can wear them over and over again no matter the shades of your outfits.

A tote bag to add in a minimalist wardrobe.

Tote bag

Finally, a statement tote bag is an absolute must-have for anyone because of its function and extreme versatility. The Harlow Tote by Kate Spade is big enough to carry your work essentials or take on the go to run errands. The pebbled black leather is high quality and will last years, no matter what you put it through.

Whether you decide to start creating a minimalist wardrobe right away or want to ease into the idea you’ll want to check out our Looks We Love page for outfit inspiration, it’s a great way to be kind to our planet, your personal style, and even your wallet!

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