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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,Β 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.

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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.

TOPS

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  • 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 lotΒ of white and ivory tops, but they have different details in the front (ties for instance), and sleeve lengths.

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DRESSES

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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. 😐

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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.

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JEANS, PANTS & TROUSERS

All pictured, none missing.

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  • 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.

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SKIRTS

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  • 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.

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SWEATERS

I don’t hang these up, I only fold them.

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  • 1 short-sleeved cashmere sweater
  • 3 cashmere sweaters
  • 4 cardigans (mostly work cardigans)
  • [Not pictured]Β 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]Β 2 hoodies
  • [Not pictured]Β 2 spring/autumn coats (you can see them way above in the first photo)
  • [Not pictured]Β 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.

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WATCHES

  • 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.)

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  • 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)

CLUTCHES

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  • 5 clutches – I mostly just find them pretty and fun to use once in a while

BOOTS

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”.

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  • 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)

HEELS

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  • 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!)

SHOES

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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)

WINTER-RELATED STUFF

  • 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

SCARVES

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  • 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)

OTHER NOTES

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.

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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.

And THAT is what is in my wardrobe. As of today.


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29 Comments

  1. Tania Ginoza

    I don’t think you’re too bad but you do have more than I would’ve guessed! I’m a burgeoning minimalist and I’d say selective too. I’m addressing each area in my life and home a little at a time. I notice that you don’t repeat on a lot of items so I can see how aware you are of your purchases. The only area I see multiples of similar colors/styles is your button downs but that’s understandable. Everything else (jeans, dresses, etc.), each piece stands alone as being unique in style, print and/or color.
    In some areas I was able to jump in with the best of em. I just threw out all my old yucky make-up and brushes, bought replacements but set hard limits at 3 brushes (kabuki, bronzer, eye), 2 neutral shadows, 1 shimmer brick, 1 foundation, 1 bb cream, 1 cream blush and 2 lip tints. I can now fit all my make-up in one fairly small bag and know exactly what I have. I won’t fall for impule at the counter buys because I’ve got my hard limits. For my linens I pretty much got rid of anything that didn’t fit in with a black/white scheme which was about half of what I had.

    Now, for clothes, I haven’t hit the area yet and I have tons more than you. I gained 40 lbs in the past few years and am starting to lose so I’m hesitate to do it until later. I need to think about what color scheme/look that is me and fits my life (it’s hard to do at this weight) and then I can attack with a plan.

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      My problem was also in-between weight. I was a Size 8 and now I’m a Size 0. I think this is my natural weight ( I was this in high school ), so I’ve taken to just biting the bullet and tailoring all the pieces I have. So far, it’s worked out.

      I’ve gone through another purge, this time of really cheap H&M, F21, J. Crew, and other such Chinese-made crap and my closet has shrunk about 30%. WIll post later πŸ™‚

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  2. Cassie

    This is HUGELY inspiring for me. I, too, love clothes (I mean, duh), but I also make a conscious effort to pare down what I don’t need every few months or so. With a cross-country move in my not-too-distant future, it’s nice to know that it IS possible to fit everything I have into just a couple of suitcases.

    Now, if you would kindly do a roundup of where you bought all these beautiful clothesβ€”seriously, I love what you’ve got goin’ on in that closet.

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Note: Please make sure that you buy a BIG suitcase like I did πŸ™‚ An expandable one not those hard shell ones.

      *LAUGH*!!! A roundup of my clothes? Oh gosh.. we’d be here forever.

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  3. b
    banclothing@gmail.com

    Thank you for putting this post together; I know how much work it must have been! I am trying to slim down my wardrobe and it’s hard to know how many of each item is realistic to have. I appreciate seeing what other semi-minimalists because I too love clothes and don’t want to live with only 1 of each item.

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    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Oo I like “semi-minimalist” πŸ™‚

      I only have one or the bare basics of things like underwear, slips, t-shirts, tanks, and bras. Honestly, who needs 50 pairs of each?

      You’re welcome. It was a lot of work..

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  4. Cassie

    I bow down to your packing prowess. Seriously, I know you have a lot of experience doing it, but the fact that the clothing portion of the post all fits into one suitcase is absolutely amazing. Now that you hung all of your clothes up, you should do a packing post πŸ˜‰

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    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Yes I am going to start on a packing post but don’t expect it to be soon because.. yeah.. πŸ™‚ I need a break.

      Reply
  5. S
    Sara

    I love these posts!! You must have Mary Poppins suitcases though.

    Your description of your short boots had me laughing out loud. I remember when you purchased the Frye flats…are you still a big fan of them? I need (relative term) new black flats and was thinking of asking for them for my birthday.

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    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      I have 2 expandable suitcases, about 32″ each. πŸ™‚ It really does all fit if you stuff things into the boots to pad them, the heels, and the corners.

      With the Frye flats, I’ve noticed that even though I bought 6.5 (I am normally a 7), my right foot is still a bit too small, I should have gone down to a 6.

      They stretch like CRAZY. I wore them everyday, walking to work and back, and within 2 weeks they weren’t fitted any more.

      If you can try them on first, do that.

      Another good brand is from Paris – Repetto – and while I haven’t bought a pair from them yet (waiting to go to Paris), I have tried them on secondhand and loved them.

      Reply
  6. The Asian Pear

    How… on earth… does that all fit?
    You might be a tiny person but that’s a lot of clothes still… You must be the most efficient packer EVER. O_O;;

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Roll up things really tightly, stuff boots and shoes with small items, pad every possible corner (nothing in packing cubes), and it fits!

      Reply
    2. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Also, silk shirts are not bulky. The things I own are fairly thin. They aren’t thick, cosy things.

      Reply
  7. Kris

    How big are these suitcases? Holy smokes!! πŸ™‚

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    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Either 28″ or 30″. I can’t remember which one I bought. One of each. Plenty of space. πŸ™‚

      Well not any more. They’re really stuffed so I have to pare down, which is what I’ve been doing.

      Reply
  8. G
    Girl Meets Debt

    I LOVED this post. It’s inspiring me to clean out my closet. But knowing me, i will probably procrastinate about it lol.
    And I love your Manolos. Carrie Bradshaw would be proud πŸ˜‰

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    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      I clean out my closet every Spring/Winter and drop things off at consignment.

      Reply
  9. J
    Janine

    Love the organization! I’m working on my own closet post right now because I just checked a bunch of stuff and got a whole bunch of new stuff!

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      can’t wait for it πŸ™‚

      Reply
  10. Kavitha Arur

    I have bookmarked this for when I move in July. Great post!!

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Gah! πŸ™‚ It has no packing tips whatsoever.

      Reply
      1. Kavitha Arur

        I bookmarked it to organise my wardrobe when I move πŸ™‚

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        1. M
          Mochi & Macarons

          Oh okay. Phew. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  11. C
    CorianneM

    All those pictures make me want to review my own wardrobe… πŸ˜‰

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      I feel the same way when I see other people’s wardrobes.

      Reply
  12. alwayshungry4

    Love the Michael Kors red shoes! That’s amazing you can fit all that in two suitcases – it definitely looks like you have both minimalism and quality down!

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      I just have to quash the shopping monster so that it stays that way πŸ™‚

      Every time I see those shoes, I smile. A good sign, I think.

      Reply
  13. fabulously frugirl

    Wow!

    I love seeing other people’s wardrobe. I think that I need to trim down my wardrobe now…. again.

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      Maybe we can do that soon πŸ™‚ I love decluttering!

      (Wait but.. I have a lot of clothes in my opinion. More than a normal person, perhaps. Was this one of those opposite remarks? πŸ™‚ )

      Reply

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