Five Versatile Items in a Minimalist Wardrobe

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

When I completed the 10×10 challenge a couple of months ago, I learnt two important things:

  1. I need a lot less clothing than I think I do
  2. I can wear any single item of clothing in a number of ways.

One of the main challenges of having a small wardrobe is getting enough outfits out of few items of clothing. In this blog post and video (below), I want to show you how I make use of specific items in my wardrobe. I have chosen five of my most versatile items and will show you how I style these in a few different ways to make them work harder for me.

1. Slip dress. This happens to be a white slip dress, but the colour is not so important. The weight of the fabric and the cut are more significant in deciding its versatility. You want the cut to look flattering when you layer over the top, and you want to be able to tuck it in for additional options.  


2. Long sweater. This knit is a long merino v-neck. Choose a lightweight knit if you want to be able to layer effectively. Heavy knits will not give you many options as you will limit your ability to layer under and over the top.


3. Jumpsuit. An unusual piece to choose for an ‘essentials’ list, I know, but I wanted to show that it is possible to use more complicated designs in a variety of ways. If you are not a fan of jumpsuits, consider a maxi dress.



4. Tight knit. A lightweight knit that clings to the skin is useful for a number of looks, and importantly, acts as a layer of warmth. Obviously I mostly choose items that are tonal, but if you are one who enjoys colour and pattern, this is a good place to incorporate those!



5. Shirt dress. This is an extremely versatile item in my wardrobe. It can be worn as a dress or a shirt. A collar adds a professional tone if you wish to wear it to work.



Below is a video on this topic. Check out my YouTube channel for new minimalist videos every week, my Instagram account for daily outfits, and my Facebook account for minimalist resources and updates. I post additional content on my Patreon account, where you can subscribe for a small donation.



  1. I’m new to your blog and man, why haven’t I find it earlier! love your style, great taste & concept. I’ve been working with a much more minimalistic wardrobe and never been happier in what I’m wearing, so lovely to have a good quality, basic collection that you can always reach for. can you please tell me where the merino sweater is from? I just fell in love with it!

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  2. Gorgeous post! It perfectly shows the versatility of your clothes, but what’s great is that you’re still able to maintain a chic, put together style with a twist! Thanks for the inspiration!!


  3. Sorry for the dumb question: do the layering with the jumpsuit make restroom visits complicated – because those are my fave combinations! Can i ask where you got that piece?

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