I recently posted about my journey in planning and creating a minimalist wardrobe, and in this post I’m showing you what I put together in my very first winter minimalist wardrobe.
My wardrobe reflects a very relaxed lifestyle. Since I’m lucky enough to work from home and from coffee shops, I don’t have a dress code of any kind. Therefore, I opt for comfort first, and personal style second.
The first thing I had to do when creating a minimalist wardrobe was take inventory and figure out what pieces I loved and which ones I could do away with. I started to gather pieces that I knew I would wear and make lists of pieces that I needed. [Download this Minimalist Wardrobe Checklist that helped me stay organized.]
4 Short Sleeve T-Shirts | 3 Quarter Length Shirts | 3 Long Sleeve Shirts
(2 shirts not pictured)
My life is very simple and very casual so this is the area where I really splurged. I love a good, soft t-shirt so I decided to include 4 in total. T’s are good for those strangely warm days thats we get here in our Virginia winters, but they’re also good for layering. Then I have 3 quarter length shirts, (one black, one gray and one white) and 3 long sleeve shirts (gray, black, and burgundy).
1 White Blouse | 1 Jean Shirt | 1 White Shirt | 1 Flannel Shirt | 1 Short Sleeve Blouse
This category has both casual and dressy options. All of the white blouses I included in this category can be dressed both up or down with the right accessories and shoes. I also decided to include a chambray button up and of course a flannel because for me, they are staples.
2 Boyfriend Cardigans | 1 Long Duster Sweater | 4 Pullover Sweaters
(1 cardigan not pictured)
My 2 boyfriend cardigans in this category hit me a couple inches above the knee and are great for layering over any shirt in my wardrobe. I added one long sweater for those bitterly cold days where all I feel like wearing is a blanket or robe. It is amazingly warm and basically covers my whole body. I chose 3 off white pullover sweaters (which I’m kind of regretting now) and one gray pullover. The white sweaters are all pretty different in style, but I feel like I could of added a bit more variety in color in this category (oh well, learned my lesson). One is a standard cable knit, one is a turtleneck cable knit, and one is an amazingly fuzzy pull over for those days when I feel like wearing something kind of out there and different.
2 Long Sleeve Dresses | 1 Sleeveless Little Black Dress
I limited myself to 3 dresses because I’m honestly more of a separates kind of girl. Each dress can easily be paired with black tights for comfort and warmth. I’m glad I only chose 3 dresses, because I really haven’t worn these too frequently this winter. If I had to do it over again, I might of only chosen 1 dress for winter, and then have more dresses in my spring and summer wardrobes.
1 Jean Jacket
Yessss. We all need a jean jacket right? I’ve always had a thing for jean… My dad, a father of 4 girls, would always tell us to cover up every outfit – tank tops, t-shirts, anything slightly revealing – with a jean jacket. It makes me laugh to think that he was the one that gave me this jacket for Christmas. Thanks dad!
1 Buttoned-Up Jean Skirt
Ughh the 90’s girl in me is loving all this jean apparel. When I saw this buttoned-up jean skirt from H&M I just HAD to have it. This is a piece that I’m sure will make its way into my spring capsule wardrobe as well.
2 Black Jeans | 3 Blue Jeans | 2 Leggings
There’s no explanation I need to make for jeans being in my wardrobe – we all love them and need them. I tried to include different styles of jeans and different washes. My favorite’s are my DIY cut off black pants and my high wasted blue jeans. They just fit me nicely and make me feel edgy (I clearly live life on the edge… joking). I also love my mom jeans, because they’re loose and such a good alternative to my paint on skinny jeans. The leggings in my closet are oddball pieces that I wear when I just feel like being adventurous (I definitely dress for my mood).
1 Long Wool Coat | 1 Fur Collared Wool Coat | 1 Long Down Puffer Coat
A lot of minimalist wardrobes out there do not include coats in their winter wardrobe; However, I see coats as supporting pieces to any outfit. A coat is not something that I just throw on, but I consider it’s style contribution to every outfits. In my opinion, a coat can either make or break an outfit, so therefore, it deserves its own spot in my wardrobe.
Shoes & Accessories
Why? Because I love shoes and I will never limit this area of my life. Never. Ever… ever. Accessories are not my forte and I usually wear very dainty simple pieces, so there’s really no point to highlight them.
Well that’s it folks, my first ever winter minimalist wardrobe. Would love to hear what you think, or see your own wardrobe. Comment in the fields below and share your experience!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more outfit updates coming soon.
John & Lenoir shows the journey of a British American couple and their pursuit of an authentic and creative lifestyle in Virginia Beach, VA. In sharing their passions, they hope to inspire you to be creative in every area of your life.