Selective Minimalism: What is remaining in my wardrobe that fits into two suitcases!
As promised a long while ago, I am going over what I currently have in my closet.
I am what you might call a “Selective Minimalist“, because while I don’t see the value in furniture, decorations (except some art), clutter, and knickknacks, I am really… REALLY into clothes and dressing up.
Style is big for me.
I love wearing clothes, and they change my mood for the better.
I also feel good just looking at them arranged nicely, and they make me happy.
(*gasp* Yes! Stuff can make a minimalist happy!)
That said as a preface, it’s going to prepare you for looking at about 90% of what’s in my wardrobe, the following are not pictures of every single piece I own, but I tried my best.
It took me a while to get everything on hangers, which is why I took so long, and the lack of any natural lighting in my home made it a lot harder to snap nice photos.
I have 2 suitcases because purses and bags do not fit into the same suitcase as my clothes.
- Suitcase #1 – 32″ (Full-size) – Clothes: Tops, Bottoms, Dresses, Blazers, Jackets, Underwear
- Suitcase #2 – 22″ (Carryon) – Purses, Shoes, Boots, Accessories, and Jewellery
THE FIRST SUITCASE STARTS NOW…
The first suitcase fits in a 33″ wide closet on about 65 hangers or so, not including the sweaters which would be folded in the suitcase.
THE 33″-WIDE CLOSET SHOT:
All of this, believe it or not, rolled up and tightly packed, fits into a large suitcase, plus all the items not pictured.
I love closets and looking at pictures of what people have in their closets, so I thought it would be nice to show you what’s in mine.
Please note that about 10-15 items pictured have already been dropped off for consignment, so I’ve taken those numbers into account when doing the actual tally.
- 7 work blouses
- 1 casual blouse (read: not appropriate for work)
- 3 t-shirts (not all pictured, they’re boring old t-shirts; grey t-shirt to the right is shown)
- 4 tank tops (all of the not pictured, just imagine a red, grey, and blue tank)
- 3 casual long-sleeved tops
- 12 collared blouses and shirts (not all pictured above, those are only my tops)
TOPS SPREAD OUT IN THE 33″-WIDE CLOSET:
You can see my 12 collared blouses to the right of this photo; simple, and standard.
I have a lot of white and ivory tops, but they have different details in the front (ties for instance), and sleeve lengths.
I had so many, that my dresses had to be spread out in two batches because they wouldn’t all fit on the bed together. 😐
Note: One dress above in this photo is on consignment for summer.
- 6 work dresses
- 10 casual dresses
- 7 formal dresses
- 6 wrap dresses
DRESSES IN THE 33″-WIDE CLOSET:
I obviously really love dresses to own 29 of them.
JEANS, PANTS & TROUSERS
All pictured, none missing.
- 2 pairs of pants (white wide-leg pants, and cropped Minnie trousers in navy)
- 4 pairs of casual jeans (3 skinny in black, dark blue and grey and 1 in a bootcut)
- 5 work trousers (all pictured on the right; a pair of which are pants to a 3-piece formal suit)
- 2 work trouser jeans at 2 heel lengths (v. nice and comfortable for business casual)
IN THE 33″-WIDE CLOSET (HANGING TO THE RIGHT):
I place them on 2 hangers, with 4 bars each, with lighter pants overlapping a single bar.
They’re rather heavy, but they’re the simplest way to hang pants considering I have limited space.
- 3 casual skirts
- 3 work skirts
- 3-piece suit (skirt pictured here, second from the right in a grey tweed)
IN THE 33″-WIDE CLOSET (HANGING TO THE LEFT):
I place 3 skirts per hanger in the closet.
I don’t hang these up, I only fold them.
- 1 short-sleeved cashmere sweater
- 3 cashmere sweaters
- 4 cardigans (mostly work cardigans)
- [Not pictured] 1 fleece-y striped sweater
IN THE 33″-WIDE CLOSET:
As I mentioned, I don’t hang up sweaters, they get this weird shoulder crease all too easily.
JACKETS & BLAZERS
- [Not pictured] 2 hoodies
- [Not pictured] 2 spring/autumn coats (you can see them way above in the first photo)
- [Not pictured] 1 winter wool coat
- 8 casual blazers
- 1 leather jacket
JACKETS & BLAZERS IN THE 33″-WIDE CLOSET:
I have a good range of neutral jackets that are great toppers over dresses and tops.
- 2 watches (one brown, one black)
THE SECOND SUITCASE STARTS NOW…
The following doesn’t fit into the same clothing suitcase above, for obvious reasons (purses and shoes are bulky!), I put it in a second suitcase.
CROSS-BODY & OVER-THE-SHOULDER PURSES
I don’t use many other purses; these pretty much cover any kind of weather, and any kind of event.
I would only need one more purse that would make sense, and it’s a cloth cross-body one (when it rains, I feel hesitant bringing out my leather purse.)
- 3 leather shoulder purses (one for work, one for the market, one for heavy errands)
- 1 vegan leather shoulder purse (the red Samsara one)
- 3 cloth shoulder purses (one is super light for errands (pliage), the other 2 are just cute)
- 2 leather crossbody purses (my Roots in Prince Leather one for traveling is not pictures)
- 5 clutches – I mostly just find them pretty and fun to use once in a while
I own 3 pairs of boots but I need to add a fourth — rainboots. I just haven’t purchased them yet.
Winter boots are not pictured here, they’re under “Winter-related stuff”.
- 2 pairs of knee-high boots (one flat, one kitten heeled)
- 1 pair of short leather boots (looks great for the days when I want to look slouchy and less equestrian)
- 2 pairs of work heels (I really don’t need any more.. perhaps a black pair if I can find a thrifted pair of Manolo Blahniks or other equally-as-comfortable heels.)
(One of my best finds in a thrift store has been those Manolo Blahniks on the left for $60 in a size 7, and a dark brown work-appropriate leather!)
I am on the lookout for a pair of neutral or nude flats now. I used to have silver flats that fit the bill, but at $7, they weren’t worth repairing, so I let them go. I am casually looking for a replacement.
- 3 pairs of summer heels (kitten, wedge and flat)
- 5 pairs of ballet flats (2 in neutral browns, 3 in a pattern & bright colours)
- [Not pictured] 2 pairs of flat Birkenstock sandals (they’re comfy once you get used to them)
- 1 pair of leather (super thin) gloves
- 2 pairs of leather gloves
- 1 pair of leather mittens
- 1 pair of shearling gloves
- 1 pair of winter boots
- 1 winter cashmere wrap pashmina
- 1 winter cashmere scarf
- 6 silk scarves (3 thrifted, 3 bought as souvenirs)
- [Not Pictured] 1 cloth infinity striped scarf
SLEEPWEAR & MISCELLANEOUS
- 1 bathing suit (Who needs more than one, really? I don’t sunbathe, and I rarely swim)
- 2 long-sleeved pajama tops
- 2 pairs of pajama pants
- 1 workout t-shirt top (goes with the yoga pants)
- 1 pair of knee-length tight yoga pants (loose pants are not conducive to yoga poses)
- 1 pair of long, slouchy dance pants (mostly used for traveling; they look crazy but are comfy)
- 6 pairs of leggings (mostly for sleeping or wearing them underneath a dress during winter)
Looking through my photos…
1. I love dresses and I hate shorts.
I own nearly 30 dresses and 0 shorts.
I feel rather matronly and uncomfortable when forced to wear a pair of shorts. Practical or not, I’d rather wear cropped trousers or a skirt than wear a pair of shorts.
2. Colour palette: Blue, Teal, Red, Magenta, Grey, Black and some Brown (only in leather goods)
I avoid orange, yellow, green and brown like the plague because they simply don’t look good on me.
The only brown I have is in leather. I also avoid having too much black or grey in my wardrobe. (Depressing.)
As a result, everything pretty much goes with each other.
3. Saturated colours are my favourite
You will be hard pressed to find anything in a pastel in my closet. I look downright sickly in pastels.
The closest you can get me into a pastel is making me wear ivory.
4. My clothes are not that fussy or frilly
Clean lines, not a lot of frills, bows, hearts, or any overtly ostentatious glittery or sparkly details.
The frilliest I get is in a dress, or with this particularly ruffled indigo blue top I love.
Otherwise, I like clothes that don’t make you want to gag from an overload of sweetness.
5. Shoes are pretty much the same each time
I don’t think I’m really THAT into shoes, compared to other wardrobes I’ve seen.
I have one of each style required, 2 work heels, but my ballet flats are where I have the most amount of shoes, as I walk a lot and like to be comfortable.
I recently picked up a pair of red ballet flats because they were the perfect colour, and the perfect comfort level for me, with a little bit of something different in the shiny toe.
My other ballet flats are similarly different in some way — one in a citron yellow with a rosette on the toecap, a woven blue and yellow ribboned flat, and 2 neutral brown leather flats in a light brown and a dark brown (my equivalent to black.)
I used to have a pair of silver flats, but they became too worn out to keep ($7 from Joe Fresh about 5 years ago, what can you expect?).
I’m on the lookout for a light neutral, nude, light gold, or silver flats now, but not actively searching for them. I could buy them in a Frye flat (plenty of options), but I want something different.