How to Build Minimalist Wardrobe Series: Part 5 Adding Colour

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

This is Part 5 of my blog and video series on how to build a minimalist wardrobe.

In Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, I styled six black items of clothing, two pairs of shoes, two white tops and three grey items.

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

With just thirteen items total, I was able to assemble many looks.

It is time to add some colour and pattern to the mix.

  • Blue cotton Uniqlo shirt
  • Red pashmina scarf

I will admit, I fail at adding colour to my wardrobe. The two coloured items above are the only coloured things I own. Even when I had many more items of clothing in my wardrobe, I preferred the monotone pieces. As I have tuned into my style over the last couple years, I have purchased fewer items of colour. I generally find colour chaotic and distracting, which is why I own so little of it.

If you are someone who enjoys colour, you will definitely own more than two coloured items. In Part 4 of this series, I suggested that you could replace my grey options with coloured items. If you do this, you need to be cautious about choosing pieces that will work well with other items you own. Versatility is key in a small wardrobe.

I have chosen two different types of clothing, a shirt and a scarf. This is so I have more flexibility in what I wear. Be strategic about choosing items that have a few different functions.

You can use colour in a number of different ways.

1. Use colour or pattern to lift an all black look.



2. Mix colour and pattern with black and white basics to create interesting focal points.



3. Add colour or pattern to a brighten a midtone.



With this post, I complete my discussion about how to build a basic minimalist wardrobe. If you have followed these steps, you can see how easy it is to build an amazing wardrobe with as few as fifteen items in total.


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




  1. Ever consider adding some dark and/or drab shades of green? I’m very fond of olive green M65 field jackets for the autumn and spring months. I particularly like them with black jeans and light blue oxford cloth shirts.

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