I’ve had a minimal wardrobe for a few years and enjoy the benefits that come with a simplified wardrobe.
I’m spending less time shopping for clothes, spending less money, my closet isn’t cluttered and getting dressed every day is simple.
I wanted you to see everything that makes up my minimal summer wardrobe.
Sources of My Clothing
I purchase many of my clothes at a local resale store. At the beginning of the spring and fall, I bring in our outgrown and unwanted gently used clothing, shoes and accessories and receive store credit. This store credit really helps stretch our clothing budget since we’re able to shop for the things we need without using cash.
I also shop other secondhand stores for clothes. I prefer consignment sales and stores to thrift shops because they tend to be much more organized. Plus, during this season of life, browsing through racks and racks of clothing with three young children in tow just isn’t my idea of fun!
My favorite sources for clothing are hand-me-downs and clothing swaps because the clothes are FREE! I have family and friends who occasionally pass clothes on to me and a local friend hosts a clothing swap each spring and fall where ladies bring clothes they no longer wear and we ‘shop’ what’s there.
I currently only own a handful of items that were purchased new but I’ll occasionally browse Bargain Hunt (a local discount store) and retail store clearance racks when I’m needing specific items that I can’t find secondhand.
I’ve noted the source of each of the items in my wardrobe so you can get an idea of where my clothes come from.
My Nice Clothes
The clothes hanging in my closet are my ‘nice’ clothes. These are the items that I wear to church, running errands and anytime I need to look a little bit more put together (date night, weddings, etc).
These tanks go with just about every bottom I have so they’re working hard for me this summer!
- Cream Ruffled (hand-me-down)
- Grey/White Stripe (resale store)
- Turquoise Embellished (resale store)
- Black Sequin (hand-me-down)
My short sleeve shirts aren’t too exciting but these three black shirts go with every bottom I own so they’re quite versatile. Pairing them with a colorful necklace gives them a new look.
- Pink/White Stripe (resale store)
- Black V-neck (resale store)
- Black Crewneck (clearance at WalMart)
- Black Scoopneck (clothing swap)
My bottoms are pretty simple but they’re perfect for mixing and matching with my tops.
- Khaki Crops (clothing swap)
- Denim Crops (thrifted)
- Denim Skinnies (resale store)
- Ankle Jeans (resale store)
- Black/Cream Pants (resale store)
And, here’s a glimpse of my ‘mom shorts’! I actually love my mom shorts and think they’re fabulous. I purchased the patterned turquoise shorts because they are different than anything I own, I love the color and look great with a black top. They’re a little bit shorter than the mom shorts I’m used to but not too short!
- Turquoise Patterned (resale store)
- White (resale store)
- Grey (hand-me-down)
- Denim (hand-me-down)
We attend a very casual church and are simple family so I don’t have a need for really nice dresses. Both of these cotton dresses are cute and comfy and can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on where I need to wear them.
- Navy/White (clothing swap)
- Black (Bargain Hunt)
My Casual Clothes
I store my casual clothes in my drawers. These are the clothes I wear on the days I stay home all day. They’re comfortable and perfect for playing in the floor, wiping bottoms, working in the garden, cooking and all the other potentially messy things I do each day.
I do not wear frumpy clothes around my home, I get up and get dressed everyday. It’s important to feel both comfortable and cute for days at home!
I’ve not been much of a tank top wearer in years past because I’ve been self conscious about my arms. As I’m getting older, I’m learning to fully embrace myself, so even though my arms aren’t perfectly sculpted, I can still wear tank tops! They’re perfect for hot Georgia summer days.
- Pink Tank (clothing swap)
- Teal Tank (resale store)
- Green Tank (resale store)
- Black Embellished Tank (resale store)
- Black Tank (clothing swap)
- Black/White Stripe (clothing swap)
- Black Tee (resale store)
These casual bottoms mix and match with my casual tops. All of my tops go with all of the bottoms except the pink skirt. These denim shorts are quite short but they’re comfortable! I only wear them at home (who really wants to see a mama of 3 in short shorts?!) but I’ll probably take them along when we go camping this summer.
- Denim Shorts (clothing swap)
- Yoga Capris (thrifted)
- Dark Pink Skirt (thrifted)
- Grey Skirt (clothing swap)
- Black Skirt (clothing swap)
I keep my shoes simple too! The flip flops are worn for water activities and for gardening, the black sandals are my daily wear shoes (they are the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever owned) and the tennis shoes are worn on rainy days and for yard work, hiking, camping and such.
My collection of necklaces helps keep all of my solid black shirts and tanks from being too boring. Pairing a fun, chunky necklace with my solid black tees gives them a completely new look. I don’t wear cheap, mass produced costume jewelry, I prefer handmade, meaningful pieces.
- Africa Necklace (The Adopt Shoppe)
- Black,Coral, Turquoise Paper Bead Necklace made in Honduras (gift from my friend Marillyn of Just Making Noise)
- Multi-Colored Paper Bead Necklace (made in Uganda, purchased via Etsy)
- Red Beads (Gift from my husband’s 2014 trip to Ethiopia)
- Red/Teal Necklace (Gift from my husband’s 2014 trip to Ethiopia)
- Teal Beads (Gift from my husband’s 2011 trip to Ethiopia)
- Black Beads (Purchased when I went to Ethiopia in 2013)
*And, I should note there are a few items not pictured. I also have a casual sleeveless black cotton dress, a pair of pajama shorts and capris, a bathing suit and swim shorts. Also, all of these clothing items were not purchased this year, I’ve had the majority of the items for 1-2 years and purchased around 12 ‘new to me’ items this spring and a few pieces (like the pink skirt and flip flops) are 5+ years old!
My minimal summer wardrobe consists of 46 items.
To some, that may be too many items and I’m sure I could pare down a little but there’s no need since I like everything in my wardrobe and have adequate space in my closet and drawer.
For others, it may seem like I have far too few clothes and that’s just fine, a minimal wardrobe is what I prefer.
If you’re wanting to declutter your closet and simplify your wardrobe, start by pulling every item out of your closet and drawers and only putting back the items you love and feel great in. Owning a minimal amount of clothing that you love is better than having a closet crammed full of clothing you don’t feel great in.
What are your thoughts on minimal wardrobes?
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