35 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags
This is Part 3 of my blog and video series on how to build a minimalist wardrobe.
- Black cashmere Grana turtleneck
- Black viscose Morrison dress
- Black silk Weathered skirt
- Black cotton blend Uniqlo trousers
- Black leather Marcs jacket
- Black lyocell Zara trench
- Black leather Aldo loafers
- Black leather Nine West heels
With these items I was able to put together nine day and evening looks.
In Part 3, I add two white tops.
- White cotton Bassike tee
- White cotton Ricochet top
Black clothing is extremely flexible, which is why it forms an excellent basis for a whole wardrobe. Adding white to the mix introduces contrast, adding a focal point to the outfit.
When I purchased my white tops last year, I wanted one for casual situations and one for formal occasions. I paid close attention to the cut of each. I feel my shoulders are fairly narrow so I was attracted to boxy shapes that would enhance them. The loose v neck tee is perfect for this purpose. I wanted the shirt to have a contemporary silhouette, so I chose a straight shape with a longer hemline at the back. Both tops are made of cotton. Living in Australia, I really need to ensure that my clothing is breathable for those stifling summer months.
My whole wardrobe consists mostly of black and white. For years I attempted to wear colour, and purchased a whole rainbow for my large wardrobe, but I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it. As I have decluttered my wardrobe more and more, I find it is these essentials of black and white which I am drawn to time and time again. They are both so simple and perfect for any occasion.
With the addition of the white tops I was able to put together three new day and evening looks. You can see the difference adding white to the basic black items has made!
I used my trench belt around my neck to create a vertical line to keep things interesting.
The matte drapey trench and the shiny simple silhouette of the dress work really well together.
A simple summer work look. I layer the dress in many ways.
I would wear this out on the town. I wear lower cut tops with my leather jacket because I feel this makes me shoulders seem wider.
Wearing work appropriate trousers with a tee and leather jacket looks neat but edgy.
Replace with comfortable shoes for an office look.
Here is a video I made to help bring these ideas to life. Enjoy!