10 Must-Have Items for a Minimalist Wardrobe

Whether curating a minimalist wardrobe because of space restrictions or personal ideations, there are a few must-have articles every wardrobe should include. Take a look at the ten wardrobe items every woman’s closet must contain.

1. Tennis Shoes

Whether commuting to and from work or actually hitting the tennis courts, a comfortable pair of basic tennis shoes is crucial. A good tennis shoe can be worn in and out of the office, during exercise routines, or even casually with your weekend wear. Neutral colors and patterns are always the best options because undoubtedly they’ll coordinate with the bulk of your wardrobe.

2. A Black Dress Shoe

A classic black dress shoe is a wise staple to have in your shoe closet. Whether patent leather or faux and flat or high-heeled, the importance of this basic shoe in your wardrobe can’t be overstated. A good black dress shoe can be worn for a variety of occasions and in a multitude of settings. A black dress shoe is appropriate with slacks, dresses, skirts, or jeans, and can be worn to work, an interview, dinner, or even a funeral.

3. A Business Appropriate Outfit

You never know when you’ll have to head into the office for an important conference, meet with industry big-wigs, or prepare for an interview. As such a basic business-appropriate outfit or article is imperative. Consider adding a neutral-colored blazer to your wardrobe; this can be paired with a blouse and a pair of slacks to take your outfit from party to professional.

4. A Versatile Dress

There’s nothing more important in your wardrobe than a versatile dress. A good multiway dress that can be converted from casual to dressy and warm weather to cold weather, in a solid neutral color can take you far. Convertible dresses can be fashioned in several different styles so it never looks like you’re wearing the same dress twice.

5. Solid Long and Short-sleeve T-shirts

An assortment of solid t-shirts, both long- and short-sleeved are great staples to have in your wardrobe. Perfect with jeans, sweats, leggings, skirts, and beyond, t-shirts can be worn in so many ways. A well-fitting shirt will go well under a blazer on a date night or dressed up with jewelry for a luncheon. No matter the occasion so much can be done with a good basic t-shirt or two.

6. A Two-Sided Scarf

A versatile scarf can be worn in so many ways; scarves are both functional and fashionable. A pretty silk scarf can be tied around the neck to accessorize an outfit, maybe even one of those solid t-shirts. Scarves can be used as a belt, for warmth, and even as an ornament on a handbag.

7. Neutral Leggings

Solid leggings in neutral tones can be worn in an assortment of functional ways. Under dresses and skirts, with an oversized t-shirt or tunic, with heels or flats, and beyond, leggings are multifaceted. Additionally, leggings are perfect for working out, running errands, or even sleeping in.

8. A Cardigan Sweater or Two

A cardigan sweater is perfect over a short-sleeved dress or t-shirt for warmth and can be dressed up or toned down depending on the occasion. A solid, neutral is a must-have but a funky pattern or color is best for accessorizing a basic outfit. Pair that funky cardigan with a multi-way dress and you’ve got a whole new outfit.

9. Comfortable Jeans

There is so much to be said for a good pair of comfortable jeans. Jeans can be dressed down with t-shirts and tennis shoes for running errands and dressed up with heels and a blazer for a night out or business casual settings. A well-fitting, medium color jean is your best option in terms of versatility.

10. A Week’s Worth of Undergarments

If you’d rather not stuff your drawers with unneeded undergarments, assemble a collection of a week’s worth of your favorites. Doing so ensures you’ll have an adequate amount for the week or for travel without having to do a mid-week load of laundry.


If you’re looking for useful ways to purge your closet and add some important basics, there are a few staples every closet should have. One of our favorites is the convertible dress that can be worn in a new way each day of the week.