Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fall ten-item wardrobe (Becoming Minimalist)

I've already posted a ton on the ten item wardrobe concept and if it's new to you, you can find those in my archives, or you might enjoy the book series that was my original inspiration, The Madame Chic books, by Jennifer L. Scott. This fall, I was primarily rebuilding the bulk of my wardrobe this season after a size shift, so many items shown here were new or new to me via consignment shopping, though the general concept of a ten item wardrobe isn't to purchase new again and again each season, rather, to pull out old items that you love, and simply replace any core pieces that are worn or shabby, etc. 

**Here is the exact Fall "ten item" core wardrobe that I put together, as shown above;

2 pairs of jeans (one jag brand that I LOVE and Calvin Kleins that are softer than buttuh.)
Black skinny jeans
Black sweater dress (Which I didn't photograph, so sorry... oversight here. I found it at consignment, and it's a Hanna Andersson find, in a cashmere blend.  It was a steal and I love it.)

Tops: (Sources listed where I can)
black tunic (Lark & Ro brand- Amazon)
black blouse
black plaid button up
denim shirt (old find, Gap brand)
green tunic sweater (Spring find, Marshall's) (shown above but looks black here)
green fluted sleeve top (Spring clearance last year, Marshall's)
white blouse
flannel shirt (LL Bean, slightly fitted flannel- so SOFT.)

Okay so that's more like twelve core items.  No big. The exact number of core items isn't important.  It only matters that each item is the best quality you can afford, a style you love and that flatters and works with your lifestyle.  

**Here is the inventory list of my basics (Basics are defined as items everyone pretty much always keeps on hand and aren't counted as part of your core for that reason. They tend to layer well and mix with items from each season); 
black leggings
(new) faux leather, black leggings (spanx) (shown above, with black tunic)
gray moto leggings (sundance) 
White tee
gray tee (shown above, under my work apron)
black tee
White cotton, button up shirt
3 cardigan sweaters 
3 scarves
2 stocking hats

**Here is the inventory list of my "workout wear" that is always an extension of my basics, always on hand;
yoga pants
yoga capris
Pink hoody
Dark pink hoodie
Gray cowl neck sweatshirt
Gray drawstring neck sweatshirt (shown on a lazy Saturday xc meet day) 

**Here is the inventory of special occasion items I always have on hand as well; 
cocktail dress
semi formal dress
basic black wrap dress

**Various jackets, coats and a black vest.

It took me many seasons and a few years to get where I am today, with only what I love and wear regularly, hanging in my closet. If you're on this journey, be ruthless but keep at it each season, evaluating and reevaluating until you're there.  It is the BEST minimalist thing I did for my own self, during this entire journey of becoming minimalist. So much less to manage and deal with! I will say, that I snapped these photos, over about two weeks and those are items I actually wore for real life- work, apts, sports events, outings, errands, and just being home. I do wear an apron when I cook, almost nightly and I do try not to wear yoga pants unless I'm working out.  Ha! My winter wardrobe is basically this, plus the addition of about four sweaters.  Let me know if you've got questions and up next, I'll share details on my low-carb living. 


  1. You are adorable! Love the blue jean shirt outfit, especially. I'm living in The Gap button up boyfriend flannel and white shirts for fall then switch to turtlenecks for winter. Keeping it simple and classic.

    1. Thank you Lisa!! Your outfit sounds crazy comfortable! LOve the Gap, always have, always will. haha!

  2. Love the thought of a tenish item wardrobe and have just started clearing out my closet of clothes that should have been gone years ago. It's a process, but I'm working on it...and now, I need to try and get my husband on board. :)

    1. Oh girl it IS a process!! Just take your time and enjoy it... it's very freeing! I'm super proud of you.