A minimal wardrobe looks different to everyone. Some might think it means a magic number of items, like 15, which will never happen in my case, and some will say it looks like a beautifully curated garment rack, or a spacious closet. To me, it’s a feeling. It’s a feeling that comes with, okay, I’m happy with what I have. Of no longer being on the look out for more. And most importantly, it’s a feeling of relative calm when I look at what I do have.
Some might tell me this wardrobe is too big, some might say it’s too small, and to be honest, I don’t care. I no longer try to subscribe to a specific number; counting my clothes was a genuine obsession when I first delved into minimalism, and let me tell you, it feels much better not doing that. There was a phase of life where all of my anxiety was channelled into obsessively counting my clothes, (my boyfriend would often remark, “are you counting your clothes again?!”) and that’s not fun for anyone. Now, I take a much more laid-back approach.When my wardrobe feels more congested, I reevaluate. It’s not a hard thing to maintain because I’m always questioning my items: do I need this? Do I love it? Am I wearing it? And if not, onward it goes.
Now, I’ll reiterate for anyone about to comment, “but you live in California!” “but you work from home!” or “but you’re not a professional bodybuilder LIKE I AM!” or whatever else, take a deep breath. This is not a prescription for minimalism or happiness. I’m just sharing what’s in my wardrobe because this is what I’ve found to work for me and my lifestyle. Take away what you find useful, and leave the rest at the door.
So, without further rambling, here is my complete list: everything in my drawers, closet, garment rack, you name it.
The closet houses everything but loungewear, pants, and intimates. I also have a built-in shoe rack on the righthand side of my closet.
The shoe rack fits all twelve of my shoes perfectly, which is another way I limit shoe shopping. In this case, I do limit based on space, so if I see something I want to buy, something’s got to go.
When it’s not being used for capsules, packing organization, or air-drying my laundry, my bamboo garment rack holds my purses, scarves, and all outerwear for myself and my boyfriend.
All necklaces are kept on a simple pushpin for easy access and minimal tangling (And Franny keeps an eye on them).
Rings, earrings, bracelets, and my watch are stored in bowls on top of the dresser. The drawers are organized as follows:
Drawer 1: socks, undies, bras (and miscellaneous things like my wallet and glasses case)
Drawer 2: loungewear. Check an itemized post on this here.
- 6 tops
- 1 pair leggings
- 1 pair sweatpants
- 1 sweatshirt
Drawer 3: bottoms
- 5 pairs pants
- 2 pairs shorts
Below are the itemized visuals of everything but loungewear:
When it comes to outerwear, I have five jackets:
- 1 pea coat
- 1 sweater coat
- 1 puffer jacket
- 1 leather jacket
- 1 jean jacket
- 4 sweaters – 1 turtleneck, 1 cardigan, 1 hoodie, 1 crop hoodie
- 1 blazer
- 19 tops – 7 long sleeve tops, 6 short sleeve, 6 sleeveless
- 1 jean vest
- 3 pair jeans – 1 boyfriend, 2 skinnies (1 thick denim, 1 thin)
- 1 pair black skinnies
- 1 pair black trousers
- 2 jumpsuits: 1 black, 1 red (worn to formal events in place of dresses)
- 1 maxidress
- 2 pairs jean shorts
- 1 vintage skirt from my mom that I’ll keep as long as possible
- 12 pairs shoes
- 4 bras: 1 black, 1 nude, 1 “fancy”, 1 sports
- 12 pairs undies – 10 + 2 pairs Thinx
- 10 pairs socks
- swimsuits: 2 tops, 2 bottoms, 1 one-piece
- 4 hats: winter, baseball, sun hat, safari hat
- 1 pair gloves
- 1 pair mittens
- 2 scarves
- 4 purses – 1 tote, 1 handbag, 1 shoulder bag, 1 small backpack
- 2 larger backpacks – 1 laptop bag, 1 camping
Any questions on minimizing, storage, or determining what to keep? Let me know below.