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7 Essential Items For A Minimalist's Wardrobe

7 Essential Items For A Minimalist’s Wardrobe

Choosing minimalism as a rule of thumb for your wardrobe means you stick to the basics and the bare essentials. 

Neil Barrett Minimalist Lightweight Tecno Stretch Double Breasted Coat
Neil Barrett Minimalist Lightweight Tecno Stretch Double Breasted Coat

Here’s a quick guide for your effortless minimalist wardrobe.

A Pair Of Blue Jeans

Look at pictures of iconic celebrities who have adopted minimalism – Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Robert Pattinson. What do they have in common?

You’re right, a pair of blue jeans! 

Pick a pair of jeans that are functional, sustainable and versatile. Avoid buying jeans with special effects like tie and dye or ripped styles. 

Mid-rise comfort-fit or regular-fit jeans are the most sustainable ones. You can pair these with a checked shirt, a t-shirt, or a sweater.

A Couple Of T-Shirts

Whether you’re a student or a professional, you can’t go wrong with including a few t-shirts in your wardrobe.

Consider the humble T-shirt as a minimalist’s platform for showcasing individuality. 

If you’re a thinker, you can have t-shirts with witty slogans. If you’re a sports fan, go for t-shirts that represent your favorite team. And if you wish to keep it strictly simple, you can always pick solid dark-colored t-shirts.

Bright colors or not, round-neck or collared, choose the style that suits your ideology and personality. 

BOSS X Justin Teodoro Holiday 2020 Campaign T Shirt
Mercerised-cotton T-shirt with heart and star motifs

Smart Office Wear

Smart casuals work well for formal as well as social occasions. They are super comfortable and still make you look professional. That’s why the idea of carrying Friday dressing for the whole week appeals to most minimalists.

Buying smart office wear is far more practical than owning half a dozen shirts and trousers.

Leave the formal business attire aside and choose semi-formal blazers and chino pants instead. You can also nail the look by wearing short-sleeved shirts or polo-neck t-shirts with chinos.

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Make sure the clothes are ironed and well-fitting. Loose or crumpled clothes will make you look unprofessional. Always wear a pair of formal shoes and a belt to nail the smart casual look.

The whole collection is a HYBRID, composed, as is today’s masculine wardrobe, of FORMALISED SPORTSWEAR and MODERN TAILORING.

Formal Wear

You must also have a formal suit for absolutely formal occasions like weddings or funerals.

A dark-colored suit is ideal, be it navy or black. You also need a couple of dress shirts to complete the formal look. 

Your formal attire should be high-quality and fit perfectly. Get the suit and shirt tailored to your size and body type.

Neil Barrett Travel Bonded & Nylon Hoodie and Single Breasted Raw cut Wool Travel Coat.

Comfortable Footwear

No matter how frugal your lifestyle may be, you need three types of footwear in your wardrobe – sports shoes, formal shoes and flip flops.

A pair of simple running shoes or trainers are perfect for a moderately active lifestyle. From your morning jog to evening drinks and every occasion in between, running shoes can yield good support to your feet. 

For formal shoes, a pair of oxfords or derby shoes are perfect. You can choose tan or black color shoes depending on the shade of your suit. 

Iconic workwear brand Cat Footwear has teamed up with LCM favourite Christopher Shannon for a third season, to present a collection of five industrial inspired styles, reworked and modernised for 2016. The original silhouette was designed in 2000 by Cat Footwear for the rigours of tough working environments, and has since been in their collection for more than fifteen years. Shannon has reconstructed the shape with a twist adding athletic inspired fluoro accents, reflective piping and a futuristic use of leather and suede fabrics to support his full look for SS16.

Finally, get a pair of orthotic flip flops with a good arch support, especially if you have foot or knee problems.

Active Wear

Get a pair of comfy breathable track pants or joggers that will serve the dual purpose of gym wear and loungewear. You already have the t-shirts and athletic shoes to complete your workout dressing. Dark-colored pants are the most versatile and also don’t get stained easily.

Minimalist-fashion influencers suggest getting tailored swim shorts instead of tight-fitting swimming trunks. Not only are they made from sustainable natural fabrics, but they also work well as casual shorts for easy-breezy days. 

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A lightweight hoodie will get you by on cold mornings and evenings. Gray, Harvard red, or Oxford blue are the best color choices for the classic yet versatile style. 

Activewear Collection. Fishnet design. Elastic closure.
Activewear Collection. Fishnet design. Elastic closure by MANGO Man.

Accessories

Your wardrobe typically needs only a few accessories – a leather belt, a wallet, a couple of ties, a watch, a cap and sunglasses.

As the minimalism mantra goes, choose practicality over trend. Subtle colors like black, tan, or gray are universal and eternal, so stick to those. 

The Crux

Creating a Day by Day Minimalist Wardrobe using Neil Barrett Spring 2021
Creating a Day by Day Minimalist Wardrobe using Neil Barrett Spring 2021

Before building your wardrobe, spend some time assessing your style, fashion philosophy and needs. Anything that doesn’t match your true style or doesn’t serve a purpose should be eliminated.

Remember, minimalism is not just a fashion statement but a way of life.

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