How to Keep a Minimal Closet Interesting
Updated: May 6
When I think of the quintessential minimalist wardrobe, my mind often jumps to someone with less than 20 pieces of clothing with limited or no colour. But that’s not actually the case! There are so many cool people with exciting minimal wardrobes. They combine colour, silhouette and small details to make really interesting outfits while keeping their wardrobe minimal.
However, I love wearing black. There’s just something so nice about a rich black pair of jeans or a casual black t-shirt. Black just goes with everything! There are multiple reasons I love wearing black and here are just a few:
Black clothing doesn’t show sweat (or stains) as much
Black clothing is the perfect blend of casual and formal
Black is a neutral and can be paired with anything
So yep, I have a minimal wardrobe and I also like wearing the colour black. How predictable. But there are ways to make minimal, basic outfits interesting!
First and foremost, texture. Mixing materials (ie. textures) is what helps make otherwise “boring” outfits interesting. The shirt I’m wearing is ribbed, the blazer is a blazer-y material, the denim is cotton, my shoes are a mix of a suede toe and cotton sides and then my necklaces add a metal. By combining those 6 textures, my outfit is much more interesting than if I was wearing all one monotonous material.
I love gold jewellery and especially when I’m wearing a basic outfit, I often try to jazz it up by layering necklaces and earrings. Here, I’m wearing 3 necklaces that layer nicely (click here if you want to read more about my jewellery collection) and I also am wearing these “cool-girl” sunglasses. Maybe these sunglasses aren’t cool but I feel like they’re cool… so they’re cool. They have gold sides and tortoiseshell frames (but they’re not fancy! Just some cheap pair that I picked up a few years ago).
Contrasting two different elements is a great way to make an outfit exciting. Here, I’m contrasting a tailored fancy piece (the blazer) with the casual-ness of the jeans and sneakers. You could equally do this with a band t-shirt tucked into trousers or a skirt, or contrast colour by mixing black and white or another light colour with a darker one.
So those are some of the ways I add interest to otherwise “boring” or “basic” pieces of clothing in my minimal closet. That said, I don’t only wear the colour black and Spring-Summer is my most colourful time of year (in terms of my clothing choices). So get ready to see much more colour coming your way. If you have any requests on styling colour or any other questions, let me know in the comments or send me an email! I’d love to have your input in my blogging!