How to Dress Like a Minimalist

I practice minimalism in all facets of my life but most recently I’ve been concentrating on how to dress like a minimalist.  While it is easy to fall into the most recent clothing trends simple structured pieces are easier to mix and match. By including quality minimalist pieces in our wardrobes, not only can we save money but we can also save time when deciding what to wear.  Here are some tips on how to dress like a minimalist in 2023!


Before I jump into my tips, there are two major reasons that I embraced a minimalist wardrobe.   Time and space.  I was done with stressing out every morning when deciding what I wanted to wear to work.  I can look back now and see that I had way too many pieces and it was really hard to decide what to wear every morning.  Pre-pandemic I invested in 3 dresses and two slacks that I really liked but more importantly I LOVED the way they fit.  Slimming down my wardrobe saved me time and space in my closet.  It gave me room to invest in some nice athletic wear to wear while riding my Peloton.  When dressing like a minimalist keep these things in mind:

1. Get rid of clothing you do not wear

Sounds easy, but is hard in actual practice right?  I know it can be hard to minimize a closet.  Seriously, block some time and immerse yourself in your clothes.  Do you have items that you haven’t worn in several years?  Items that don’t fit anymore? Donate or recycle.  Do you have damaged items? Either recycle or get them repaired so you can wear them!

2. Invest in Quality Not Quantity

The quality of a minimalist wardrobe is so important.  Take the time to research fabrics and how clothes are made.  You want items that will last and stand up to repeated washings.  You want clothes that are timeless and go well in a capsule.  You don’t want cheap clothes that will fall apart or are uncomfortable.

3.  1-3 Item Limit

Limit what you have access to each season.  For example, in summer, I have two pairs of jean shorts, 3 dresses and 3 tanks that I love. I personally stick to soft cotton and moveable outfits like t-shirt dresses and good leather sandals I can throw on for errands. 1-3 items for each category of clothes are just a guide. Ultimately YOU determine the number of items you need in your own closet!

4. Avoid Getting Sucked Into Sales

Remember, it’s not about getting as many cheap clothes as you can.  It’s about investing in quality items that you can mix and match.  If you have to wait for sales, make sure get them from quality stores that you know provide well-made clothes that will last you multiple seasons!



  • A leather or jean jacket
  • Quality T shirts
  • 2 Pairs of denim jeans
  • 3 pairs of shoes (think one pair of sneakers, ballet flats and sandals!)
  • 1 Leather belt
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 5 pairs of socks (athletic and no show)
  • A little black dress
  • 1 quality customized suit
  • 2 pieces of knitwear (think a chunky cardigan and a fitted sweater)


  • 2 Jackets (leather, bomber, or trench)
  • 2 pants (jeans and slacks)
  • 2 pairs of shoes (sneaker and leather boot)
  • Shirts (a mixture of t-shirts, polos, and button-ups)
  • 1 well-fitted suit
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 8 pairs of socks

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