I live in a mild climate where I can wear 50-60 percent of my minimalist wardrobe year-round (thank you, coastal Northern California!). I don’t really bother doing a capsule wardrobe since so much of it is repeated and the planning/cyclical shopping is too much for me. Instead, I have 53 pieces, 25 or so that I can wear year-round and the rest that are seasonal (down jacket, summer dresses).
5 short sleeve t-shirts
3 tank tops and layering camisoles
2 nice sleeveless tops (peplum and lace tank)
3 long sleeve tops
12 sweaters, 7 long sleeve and 5 3/4 sleeve
3 winter dresses
8 every other season dresses
3 pairs of pants (navy cords, black jeans, turquoise jeans)
1 pair of shorts
6 coats/ jackets
1 knit blazer
4 leggings (some also included in my exercise clothing, more on this soon)
2 cross-body bags (1 small, 1 medium)
1 tote bag
1 shoulder bag
Could I have less? Most certainly! Counting out everything I have was a great reminder that I have what I need… and more. As many of my sweaters wear out, I will not be replacing them. I also don’t need any more scarves, jackets, or dresses.
I cut my wardrobe down quite a bit during the Minsgame (and got myself a little extra money by selling some of it). Some of my clothes need replacing soon, but for now I have been trying to see if I can do without them instead.
Nearly all of my clothes are made from natural fibers. None require dry cleaning or special care instructions (other than wash cold, hang dry). I wash all of my clothes with my gentle, homemade laundry soap and hang about 80 percent of my weekly laundry to dry on a clothes rack in my room.
I rarely “have nothing to wear” and my laundry is a breeze! I do two small loads per week, one of my exercise clothes and delicates and the other of everything else that can be washed on a normal cycle (towels, socks, sweatshirts).
I could never go back to having my closet stuffed! My minimalist wardrobe saves me time and money and makes getting dressed so much easier.
Edit: Updated 4/13/17 to reflect my current closet.