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25 ITEMS OF CLOTHING | MY WHOLE MINIMALIST WARDROBE
A tour of my minimalist wardrobe. Yes, this is my whole wardrobe for the whole year, excluding shoes, sleep, active and under wear! I don't have a seasonal capsule wardrobe. If you are trying to declutter or KonMari your life, here is some inspiration!
This month I will be bringing you tours and discussions about my whole wardrobe, including clothing, shoes and bags. I will also be posting about my wardrobe choices, how I feel about individual items, and how I use them.
This week I am finally presenting you with my updated clothing tour video. I guess it is time to update my tag lines, because the new official count of my wardrobe is 25 items of clothing, 4 pairs of shoes and 2 bags.
Shoe tour video coming soon!
Detailed tour of this wardrobe:
Check out my blog post about this topic: https://asmallwardrobe.com/2018/05/05/25-items-of-clothing-my-whole-wardrobe/
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At first I thought "This is insane. I need to find a video that suits my life-situation. Living in a 4-seasons climate where temperatures dip to -10C/14F in Winter, but Summers are around 40C/104F. The person would need to be female, in their 30s-40s, with children and a husband and working part-time so that I can see how they do it".
BUT THEN, I listed all the items I would need for all seasons (excluding underwear, beanie and gloves);
Short-sleeve t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, casual jumpers, jeans, casual shorts, casual skirts, casual dress, work dress, work blouses, work trousers, work skirts, work jumper/cardigan/jacket, light-weight casual jacket, winter coat ...that's only 14 items. I could easily have two of each item and it would be 28 items in my wardrobe. If I only had one winter coat, one casual and one work light-weight jacket, I could afford to buy one more of 3 other items and still only come to 28 :-)
I think you can do this if you have seasons by packing away the clothes from season to season. This use to be very common. Winter clothes where stored and light weight clothes and dresses where brought out for 6 months. Underwear and PJ's etc. should just be kept to no more than a weeks worth.
I have a bit of a question in terms of logistics of having a small wardrobe — how often do you add / remove pieces? I had a look at your Instagram and it definitely seems there are new additions (of course, this video is 10 months old). I am curious to know how items come and go when maintaining a small wardrobe or if you implement some sort of system for how many items per year etc. Thank you!!
I would love to live a more minimalistic lifestyle, and I’ve been trying to downsize my house for the last year or so, with pretty good results. But I also live in a four season area and I find it difficult to truly minimize my wardrobe or my house because I own tools and supplies to do my own upkeep both inside and out, and therefore need nice clothes and yard work clothes for all four seasons. So I’m at the point where my goal is to follow the KonMarie spark joy method, Because I don’t feel like “true minimalism” Is possible when you don’t live in an apartment and/or pay for someone else to do repairs. Declutter? Yes . Minimalism? Not so much...
Hm ... I like this wardrobe, but feel that it applies to a smaller subset of people. I want to minimize my wardrobe, but need something that can accommodate my casual, personal attire, my job's "professional" dress code, the miserably hot, humid summers and the freezing winters. Anyone know of a good guide/video for this???? 🤔
Not a minimalist never will be, although I do buy second hand, vintage and sustainable clothes. I often sell what I'm not wearing frequently. I like variety. But I do love the idea of a minimalist wardrobe. I have a minimalist kitchen haha.
This demonstrates that we each have to personalize a small wardrobe to our own taste and lifestyle. This one would never work for me! 3 jumpsuits?! I see no need for one at all. One slip dress is plenty, along with one or two of another style. In addition to some of your basics, I need a blazer or two; one pair of dress slacks; a pencil skirt; a button down shirt; black skinny jeans; a thin, a fitted turtleneck; a real winter coat; hiking clothes; ski clothes; gym clothes; cycling clothes; comfy clothes for lounging at home.
Wouldn’t work for me because I have to have clothes to work outside in my yard and garden in which all get filthy and stained quickly. And I need clothes to wear in public. All those dresses (and yes I do wear dresses) but that’s way to many dresses and not enough pants. And where’s your comfy clothes like leggings and yoga pants ? Your wardrobe is definitely a no go for me.
I suggest having half your wardrobe in storage. You wont need bulky knits and as many hoodies or warm clothing in summer. During spring and fall have some transition pieces that will work on the colder days to get you through.
My goal is 60 clothes items, I currently have 118 including shoes, undergarments, soccer gear, leggings, dresses, etc. I live in Washington were it can snow, be 90 degrees Fahrenheit, or just in between! I’m working on it!
It's Yours Truly I agree especially about the part that most ppl don’t care or notice as long as you are clean . Maybe if you work in the fashion industry then ppl will notice but other than that no one will
Great video. I love how you have a high % of dresses. A lot of people feel dresses are fussy, but they are the exact opposite. A dress is your top piece and your bottom piece combined that always match, AND its sooo much quicker to get dressed. ;) They add simplicity + time - decision fatigue. Go team dress! <3
I'm guessing you live in a very mild environment in terms of weather. I live in Canada and with how much our weather varies season to season, I think 25 items is very limited. But nice to know it works for you. Your dresses are beautiful
Well, I guess one has to add a few items if living in a colder climate.
I never know how otfen people with such a small wardrobe wash.
How much underwear and pygamas do you have? Any sport clothes, scarfs and hats?
Also that is a great video approach, just to show the items and talk about them in another video.
I love how you shot this and the thumb nail OMG!!! This was incredible. I cant wait to read the blog post to. Such a short video but every shot all the diff nuances...the music like this was perfection!!!😗
I hoard clothes that I hate. When I was in high school I had hundreds and hundreds and hundreds. I even kept clothes from when i was a little kid for "sentimental" value. I've decluttered so much when I moved out for college, but I still probably have close to 100 articles of clothing. I hate it, it only brings me stress. I can never keep everything on hangers and in drawers. I still have a permanent floor pile. Ironically, I don't really like/wear more than 20 of them. But when I throw more away, I inevitably buy/thrift more that I hate and never wear. Frustrating. I want to have a capsule wardrobe so bad, but the hard part is feeling satisfied with it.
I always click on these hoping to find modest dress and I'm always disappointed. Of course you survive with 25 pieces when you're running around in your undergarments most of the time! Slips are no more dresses than leggings are pants.
I know that this is an odd comment, but does anybody watching this know where I can find advice for creating a small wardrobe that doesn't rely on dresses or include skirts? Google is not helping at all. Thanks
Thanks for the inspiration! However, I find it's rather unrealistic to my own circumstance considering most (if not all) of your showcased pieces are casual and leisure clothes, and no warm jackets. I supposed my wardrobe would require at least 50 pieces. Greeting from Canada, xo.
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.