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!

11 thoughts on “How to Build Minimalist Wardrobe Series: Part 4 Adding Midtones

    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. 🙂


  1. 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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  2. 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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