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Minimalist Closet - How to create a minimalist closet for women

Updated on March 22, 2013

Different approaches to creating a minimalist closet

Many people around the world, men as well as women are looking to simplify their lives and this often includes creating a minimalist closet.

There seems to be many approaches to creating a minimalist closet Three popular ones include:

  1. The French way – creating a wardrobe based on a handful of clothes in neutral colours and classic styles
  2. The holistic way – creating mini-wardrobes for each aspect of your lifestyle, taking into your body shape and the styles and colours that suit you.
  3. Just buying basic items in neutral colours and simple classic styles

You can read more about these different approaches and their advantages and disadvantages here.

I have also written about Minimalist accessories such as shoes and scarves, and at the end have provided a link to my popular blog which you may like to follow - "Chic and Minimalist Wardrobe".

Create a minimalist closet the French way

Many French women, particularly Parisians, live in small apartments with limited closet space. As a result, they own a small handful of clothing that perfectly meets their lifestyle needs. French women also have a reputation for being chic.

Their secret is to create a minimalist wardrobe that is high on style and quality. If you would like to learn how they do it, you will love the following articles:

Buying Minimalist Basics

Many minimalists approach creating a minimalist closet by only owning clothes in simple classic styles and neutral colours.

The types of clothes they own may include items such as a LBD (Little black dress), white shirt, denim jeans, white t-shirts, beige trench coat.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to this approach.


  1. Everything mixes and matches
  2. It is a classic look rather than a trendy one which tends to date.
  3. If you are a woman with a classic style face and figure, think Princess Diana or Grace Kelly, you will suit this classic style of dressing.


  1. Some women will think this approach is the answer to their prayers and will start to buy this type of clothing. The problem comes when they don't stop and they end up with a huge pile of basics such as white t-shirts or jeans.
  2. Some women have a curvy body shape and look frumpy in classic styles.
  3. Some women don't suit neutrals such as black and white, which can be a bit stark they need a bit of colour in their clothing, such as soft pastels, brights or jewel colours.
  4. Some women are not classic in personality, they may be very creative or dramatic and suit clothes that more closely reflect their personalities.

If you are a classic type of woman, and this approach works for you, then great. If not, you need to bear in mind your colouring, body shape and personality and choose clothes that suit you. For example a creative woman who is very curvy would suit clothes with more flowing lines, such as a jersey wrap dress. A dramatic woman may choose to add an attention grabbing red jacket into her wardrobe.

If you would like to know which colours suit you, you may like to read:

The Holistic way to create a minimalist closet

Create a minimalist wardrobe based around your regular activities.

This is a more holistic approach and takes account of your individual lifestyle and the types of clothes that you need. The idea is to create minimalist wardrobe for each of your activities.

By using this approach you create a balanced wardrobe, containing only clothes that you need. It also ensures that you don’t miss out on any area of your life. This is where many women fall down - she receives an out of the blue invitation to a special occasion and suddenly panics as she has nothing to wear.

You can read more about this approach in the following articles:

  • Minimalist Wardrobe Essentials – a humorous look at how to avoid a wardrobe meltdown
  • Having a Wardrobe Crisis? The solution – build your wardrobe around your regular activities
  • How to dress for parties and create a party capsule wardrobe

Minimalist Accessories

Once you have decided which approach you would like to take to create your minimalist closet, you can also start to think about adding a few accessories. They are also a great way to help you update your wardrobe. The following article has some easy and effective ideas.

Minimalist Accessories - Scarves

Scarves are a great minimalist accessory. As an example, take a basic outfit such as a white t-shirt and pair of jeans. With just one scarf you can create a variety of different looks. You can wear the scarf as a belt, wear it around your neck, tied in a multitude of different ways, or tied onto your handbag.

If you like the idea of wearing scarves, you may be interested to read the following articles which show you a variety of different ways in which you can tie and wear scarves:

Minimalist Accessories – Shoes

One of the challenges of creating a minimalist wardrobe is to create a corresponding minimalist shoe wardrobe. Many women have hundreds of pairs shoes and find it a real challenge to pare down to the bare essentials. Other women have too few shoes. Some have an unbalanced shoe wardrobe with too many shoes for one aspect of their lives, for example owning too many pretty party shoes , and not enough shoes for work or everyday.

In the following article, I hope to show you that by building up a small balanced wardrobe of shoes - about 12 pairs, you will have something suitable to take you anywhere.

My Minimalist Wardrobe Blog

If you are interested in trying to create a minimalist closet you may be interested to read and follow me on my blog - The Chic and Minimalist Wardrobe Blog.

It contains interesting and useful articles such as:

  • The No.1 Top Tip for Minimalists
  • How to redefine your style as a Minimalist
  • Minimalist wardrobe essentials
  • The film “A week with Marilyn” – a suprising source of inspiration for minimalist wardrobes.
  • Minimalist Travel wardrobe and the advantages of travelling light
  • Minimalist Travel wardrobe – Beach holiday essentials
    My minimalist wardrobe - I have included photos of my own minimalist wardrobe
  • A basic winter wardrobe
  • The Five Piece wardrobe – the French way to create a minimalist wardrobe
  • The reasons why people want to create a minimalist wardrobe
  • Formal social wardrobes for Minimalists
  • Week-end / casual wardrobes for Minimalists
  • Smart / Casual Wardrobes for Minimalists
  • Activewear wardrobes for Minimalists
  • Outerwear wardrobes- coats and jackets- for Minimalists
  • Minimalist Wardrobe for men

Click here to read my blog "Chic and Minimalist Wardrobe Blog"

My other Blogs

As well as being interested in helping others to create a minimalist wardrobe, I also have a passion for French style, dressing well and all things chic.

If you share these interests, you may like to read my other blogs:

  • “How to dress French”
  • “How to be Chic”


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