How to Build Minimalist Wardrobe Series: Part 4 Adding Midtones

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

This is Part 4 of my blog and video series on how to build a minimalist wardrobe.

In Parts 1, 2, and 3, I combined six black items of clothing, two white tops and two pairs of shoes to put together several day and evening looks.

  • 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
  • White cotton Bassike tee
  • White cotton Ricochet top

In Part 4, I focus on adding midtones. A midtone is a value between black and white. For me, that means specifically grey. A midtone is not too light or too dark, so it accents both black and white items. If you are someone who enjoys colour, this could be a colour. Some examples of colours that fit into this category are baby blue, blush, peach, or camel if you like earth tones.

In my case, I have stuck with the tonal range, because I mostly find colour chaotic and distracting. I have added three items of clothing to the mix:

  • Grey merino Gorman knit
  • Grey cotton Pigeonhole sheer shirt dress
  • Grey wool blend FCUK skirt

I have chosen three different types of clothing, a top, dress and skirt. These items offer a lot of versatility. Be strategic about choosing items that have a few different functions. This will give you more options to mix and match and limit boredom with your wardrobe.

As always, pay close attention to quality of what you buy. I have a selection of breathable and insulating fibers here. The wools are excellent for cooler weather, and the sheer cotton is perfect for a hot summer. These three items represent options for both warm and cool weather, and all have layering potential.


I am a huge fan of merino wool. A tight merino top can work really well as an insulating layer in the transeasonal months.


This sheer shirt dress is one of the items I purchased this year and I feel its potential is unlimited. While on its own it’s not one of the most flattering pieces, I am obsessed with its utilitarian properties.


I think a midtone skirt is an excellent item to have in your wardrobe. It forms a nice focal point in an otherwise black and white wardrobe.


Here is a video I made to help bring these ideas to life. Enjoy!



  1. I just love to see what you do next! The videos are really well done (and also love your music) and your taste is unusually good, with clean minimal lines, and very modern. A pleasure to see..

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    1. OOH! Thank you so much! 🙂 There’s a lot more coming… I’m trying to be more efficient and plan ahead so I have more time to work on the quality of my stuff. Glad you enjoy it. 🙂


  2. As always, great post and video! I love how all your pieces are trans-seasonal and always versatile. I overlooked the Zara trench often when in the shop but appreciated how elegant it looks on all your outfits.

    Also, I have a recommendation which may be down your alley. Have you considered doing a ‘Testing Basics’ type of video or post? I’ve seen some other bloggers do something like it but often they are focused on international and hard to find brands v brands available to Aussies or very very expensive brands which out out of most people’s budget. Anyway, just a thought!

    xx Miss Piggy

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    1. Thanks for watching, and thanks for your comment! I haven’t thought about reviewing specific brands too much yet, but I think I know what you mean.. There is a lot out there on Everlane for example, who, last time I checked, did not deliver to Australia. This is a direction I might end up heading in the future… I have just ordered some merino tights from an Aussie brand so if I’m happy with them I might do that kind of post. Thanks for your support! 🙂

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      1. That would be great! I really like the Lizzy Hadfield series on Youtube however she’s more fashion-focused v minimalist/basic focused. But given your aesthetic it would be insightful to get your opinion on basics! Anyway, looking forward to your next posts!

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  3. Hi there, this is such a helpful series that you’re doing – it’s so carefully curated and thought out and each piece just ‘belongs’ to the overall look. I especially love the grey skirt – very chic, Lorraine (Minimal-Lol)

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