a minimalist wardrobe: in photos

As a supplement to last week’s post, I put together a photo gallery of what a minimalist’s wardrobe looks like.

So without further ado, I present my minimalist wardrobe.

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A few points to consider:

  • My present wardrobe is more minimalist than lagom. I’m currently on the search for some missing pieces.
  • This isn’t my complete wardrobe. Unfortunately, my model – let’s call her Sally – doesn’t have any legs. So I didn’t take any photos with my one pair of jeans and the top I wear with them. I also didn’t photograph a simple black dress I own that I may be donating soon.
  • The above doesn’t (obviously) include my swimsuit, pajamas, undergarments and hosiery. I have two t-shirts, a pair of yoga pants and a pair of leggings that I use as my pajamas. My exercise routine doesn’t necessitate the use of “special” clothing. If I decide to try something new, I could use my t-shirt and yoga pants as my workout clothes.
  • My footwear is also in transition. Sadly, my Hunter rain boots are leaking. I haven’t determined if they’re fixable or if I need to replace them. If I buy a new pair, it’s unlikely that I’ll purchase the brand again as they’re expensive . . . and I’m not a hunter. I also own a pair of Converse sneakers, sandals and flip flops. Now you’re in the know.
  • I realized after taking the photo of my jewellery, that I only bought the green bracelet and sunglasses. Everything else was a gift or belonged to my mom.
  • I’m not a big fan of belts. Imagine the additional looks you could create if you are!
  • The above dresses are normally worn with gray or black tights in colder weather.

Special thanks: To my sister, aka Lizzie Lizard, for providing the use of the props. Living with a non-minimalist does offer some perks – such as a life-size model. And thanks to Sally for being (mostly) easy to work with.

Update: I’ve decided to deactivate my Pinterest acccount, as I prefer Instagram. I’ll try to write a blog posting at least once a year with wardrobe updates, as well as adding photos of new items to Instagram.

22 thoughts on “a minimalist wardrobe: in photos

  1. Caitlin

    I minimized to 50 items when I moved out of my mom’s house, but I still want to go smaller — maybe 50 including shoes and scarves. I am actively paring down my jewelry as well. Thanks for sharing pictures!

  2. living lagom Post author

    No problem! In my case, I’m thinking less about picking a specific number and more in terms of having only what I’ll actually use. Though, it would be interesting to see what that number ends up being.

  3. Caitlin

    I need the number to actually commit to getting rid of stuff! Otherwise I’m all, “Oh, no, I might kinda wear that sometime…” when I need to be all “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS”

  4. Marcy

    Thank you so much for doing this! I have been trying for so long to simplify this whole area of my life! I have finally come to the realization that, if I have choices of different styles of outfits, i can just keep shopping- I will just donate whichever outfit I like least at the time when I find the newest Cutest Outfit in the World. I NEED hard limits!!! So, I thought I might limit myself to 3 outfits( I commented to you about this a few months ago)- which caused a lot of anguish in my brain, because I always imagine I need a Dress-Up outfit- when, in reality, I am a SAHM. So, I relaxed, REALLY thought about it, with 2 things in mind= seasonability, and ease of acquisition.
    I decided that I really wanted a uniform. One that I could easily replace the components of, one that was durable, and one that was cheap. I wanted severe limits on accessories, colors, shoes, etc.
    I went back in time to when I didn’t wear a lot of accessories, was fairly minimalist in my style, and felt great about myself- what could I, fifteen years( for me) later, translate to my present life?
    1. Back to black, all black clothes, black or white accessories
    2. Dickies work pants- men’s, of course!
    3. fitted tee shirts, turtlenecks
    4. ballet flats

    This will not work for most people at all! Most women won’t rock the men’s pants, for instance. But, I felt, deep in my bones, then and now, that it was the best ME. I even want back to the haircut that I rocked at the time- shaved to 1/8 inch. I decided that the look was niche enough that it was, in it’s own way, timeless. So, with a few tweaks over the years, it shall be my Life Look, with my Life Hair. And I felt bad-a%# when I rocked this look at 25. I still get compliments at 40!

    Almost everything can be found either at a thrift, or at walmart. Always in stock. I don’t automatically throw on a scarf when I wear my uni, so I don’t need any more than the few I kept. I have 2 purses, 5 pr shoes.

    I plan on swapping the pants for Dickies women’s shorts and tanks for summer, with black rubber flip-flops. However It gets very hot here in the summer, so I will make a few skirts/ dresses IF I need them..

    What works best for me is the hard limit, knowing I don’t have to buy in multiples because it’s always in stock, and having a small closet. I have spent the last 2 months shuffling, reducing, road testing, and I haven’t found a problem yet. (Un)Suprisingly, no cocktail parties!

  5. living lagom Post author

    Congratulations on finding the look that represents the best YOU! I know my look doesn’t work for everyone either – especially people that dislike dresses – but it’s the best ME!!!

  6. Marcy

    Your style is awesome, I really love it, and wore similar when I was working. Now, though, I’d spend more time on maintenance than I have! I love coming to visit you once a week!

  7. Bethany@OurSoCalledLife

    Wow, that is the most similar wardrobe to mine that I have ever seen! ;-) I use blazers instead of scarves, so that I’ll be a bit warmer in the winter. In the summer, I just wear sundresses with nothing over them. But I have to have patterns and color too. The whole black-only thing just doesn’t appeal to me either.

  8. living lagom Post author

    Black doesn’t really work with my skin tone. It’s too bad though, since most of the stuff I see at consignment stores is black. I’m a gray girl with a punch of color! :)

  9. Sara

    Wow, a true minimalist wardrobe, I’m impressed! This makes me think I could actually declutter something from mine, maybe some mittens and scarves that I rarely use(or not at all) and check if everything else gets good use. My ‘core’ wardrobe includes 5 skirts(all black) and 2 dresses(one black and the other a sort of dusky purple) which I’m keeping all, since they’re in constant use, but the bunch of tops from tanks to long-sleeve might need seeing to :D

    I’m nowhere near this count here, that’s for sure. I need clothes for four seasons, and the winters have been pretty cold again these past few years. Are you lucky enough not to need any winter clothes or are they part of what you need to add (that you mention in your post)? Also, come to think of it, I’m not at all into accessorizing, so my need for variety has to come from actual clothes. I never thought of that before :) Good post, more food for thought.

  10. living lagom Post author

    I live in Ontario, Canada, so I do have four seasons as well. With the exception of the navy dress and the trench coat, I wear all those items in the Winter. I just have to layer more. I recently bought a new Winter coat that will keep me quite warm. And of course I have mittens and a hat. I’m in the process of knitting a warmer Winter scarf. Last year, I just used the mauve scarf as my Winter scarf, but this year, I wanted something warmer. As for Winter boots, I add a pair of warm socks to my Hunter boots (which I need to think about replacing). That worked great all last year.

    I’ll start to add these items to my Pinterest board, but it’s never going to include everything. Nobody needs to see my underwear! :)

  11. Sara

    Ok :) I live in Finland, but what I (think I) know of Canada is that the winters tend to be cold. And I heartily agree with layering, especially since I’m not really a friend of bulky thermal clothing that’s very popular here ;) I tend to wear the same clothes all-year round – excluding tank tops – adding layers, leggings or tights and a heavier coat as it gets colder. For the past couple of years I’ve been lucky enough to have a multi-functional pair of shoes, hiking/winter shoes, which work perfectly in the winter, too, with an addition of warmer socks.

    Pinterest seems like fun, although I’m not on it, but I agree about not showing everything you own there :D Not that some people wouldn’t be interested, but probably the wrong sort, ha!

  12. Aliali

    I love your dresses. Why do I have such a difficult time finding flattering dresses? I’m a bit busty, but otherwise average and can’t find dresses that flatter. Bah!

  13. living lagom Post author

    Actually, I think my dresses (except the navy one) would flatter someone who’s a bit busty (though I am not). Wrap around dresses also look lovely on girls who are “blessed.” :)

  14. Lisa

    New to this blog – but totally love it so far!! This post is really, really inspiring. I have minimalized my own wardrobe over the past months and I now love ever single item I have and I love how I can combine most of them with each other. When my wardrobe was three times the size I always said “I have nothing to wear!” – now for some strange reason, I don’t have that problem any more…. :-) (By the way – I’m swedish, so I love your blog name… :-))

  15. mgk mgk

    I love the Lacy Top From main characters. Can give more details about it? Where can you get one etc…

  16. Julia

    I love your choices in clothing! Where do you shop? I’m having a terrible time finding clothing that I love enough to purchase and wear all the time.

  17. living lagom Post author

    Thanks Julia! I don’t really shop…I browse. :) I usually have an idea in my mind of what I want and then I wait until I find it. I’m thinking I should just go to a dressmaker with a pattern or something and skip the whole process.

    As for the dresses in the photos, I got the lighter gray one at Walmart and the darker gray one at a store called Artizia. The other two dresses I got at a store in London, England called Dorothy Perkins.

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