Every single thing in my closet
I have 49 articles of clothing in my wardrobe. 9 tops. 8 sweaters. 2 jackets. 11 pairs of pants. 1 dress. 10 t-shirts.
(Ok, it’s a little more if you count activewear, pajamas, and painting clothes. That number brings my total up to 86, which honestly feels like I need to go purge some more haha)
It’s minimal in number and style. It’s simple, mostly timeless basics with a little bit of wiggle room to explore trends and try something new.
Note: Most of my clothing is old, so I have linked similar items for your reference, but very few are exact! I included the year of purchase so you can get an idea about how long things can last with heavy use and proper care.
Tops are a bit of a pain point for me. I feel like I’m getting closer to nailing down the perfect fit for a top, but I have a ways to go before I’m 100% happy with this portion of my wardrobe. I’m also looking for more versatility moving forward so I have more flexibility with each piece.
- Madewell sheer tank top – purchased 2015
- Marine Layer white tie front top – purchased 2019
- Uniqlo long sleeve blush top – purchased 2016
- Madewell velvet blush short sleeve top – purchased 2019
- Marine Layer windowpane flannel – purchased 2019
- Jenni Kayne crepe tank – purchased 2020
- JCrew black tank – purchased 2015
- JCrew chambray popover – purchased 2011
- Express multimedia longsleeve top – purchased 2015
I love wearing sweaters more than anything else, but live in Houston, TX so my window of opportunity to actually wear a sweater is pretty small. I wear cardigans year round and try to look for lighter weight sweaters that I can wear Fall through Spring.
- American Eagle Open back sweater – purchased 2017
- Christian Siriano windowpane sweater – purchased 2019
- Madewell black mock turtleneck sweater – purchased 2018
- Marine Layer thick open cardigan – purchase 2019
- Target Funnel neck sweatshirt – purchased 2016
- American Eagle cardigan – purchased 2017
- J Crew car coat – purchased 2017
- Patagonia re-tool snap pullover – purchased 2013
My dress category really doesn’t get a lot of wear. I would rather be wearing pants almost always, so I reserve these items for dressier occasions. Both of these pieces can be dressed up or down and could be worn to either a wedding or a funeral. Black is where it’s at for these occasional pieces.
My bottoms are almost all jeans. Not surprising because I live in jeans, but after seeing this list I’m thinking I need to add a skirt or nicer pair of pants to my shopping list. All of my jeans are Levis. Find what fits and stick to it.
4 pairs of shorts
- 3 pairs jean shorts
- 1 pair other shorts
5 pairs of pants
- Green Marine Layer pants
- Black jeans
- Medium wash jeans
- Light wash ripped jeans
- Dark jeans
Every pair of shoes I have can be worn with jeans, which is a win in my books. I’m still transitioning from living in a cooler climate (I moved to Houston from Chicago in 2018) so I have a few more boots than I need, but otherwise I’m doing pretty well in this department. Since my wardrobe has a neutral base, I use shoes as an opportunity for an unexpected pop of color (I’m looking at you, yellow slides!)
In my drawers
I have all of the basics in my drawers. These are my non-fancy clothes that really get the most wear. I wear a tshirt at least 3 days a week, so I’ve found that 5 is the perfect amount for me. I have 2 tank tops, 2 long sleeve shirts, and 1 crewneck sweatshirt in this category to bring my grand total of comfy clothes that I can actually leave my house in to 10 items.
- 5 tshirts
- 2 tanks
- 2 long sleeve shirts
- Amazon Basics crewneck sweatshirt
- 1 long sleeve pajama shirt
- 1 pair pajama pants (I also wear these as sweats)
- 5 plain white tshirts
- 4 pairs leggings
- 5 pairs shorts
- 4 tank tops
- 4 long sleeve shirts
- 4 short sleeve shirts
- 3 swimsuits
- 2 pairs of shoes (one is dirty for outside activities and one is clean for the gym)
- 1 short sleeve shirt
- 1 crew neck shirt
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of shorts
I know a lot of other people rotate their clothes for each season, but I’m not ready for that. I am still working on finding more versatile staples that I feel really good wearing. I am seeking out pieces with fabrics that will wear better, and last longer. I’m making a conscious effort to shop with more ethical brands and also hone in on my style. It’s always a work in progress, and I could definitely cut back even more, but this is where I’m at right now with my minimal wardrobe journey.
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