How to Build a Minimalist Wardrobe

July 3, 2018 by Rebecca Carhart

We’ve all had those mornings where we wake up in an absolute panic over what to wear. The easiest way to avoid having these wardrobe mishaps? Building a high-quality minimalist capsule wardrobe. Taking a minimalist approach to dressing doesn’t mean you have a closet full of neutral clothing with little to no personality. By only owning the essentials and renting everything else, your wardrobe will be streamlined and fashion-forward. Plus, you’ll avoid dropping tons of cash on pieces that will be out of style in a few weeks. Below we outline the best things to rent and buy for the season ahead.

The Rent/Buy Edit 4 Ways:

1. Tops

Rent: Trendy Statement Tops

TOP: AMUR, TOP: SLATE & WILLOW, TOP: TANYA TAYLOR

Take this opportunity to experiment with your style. Try a trendy statement top that you wouldn’t normally wear. Have fun and rent fashion-forward tops in bold colors and modern silhouettes. Right now we’re loving off-the-shoulder silhouettes, bold colors, and unique patterns.

Buy: Simple Basic Tops To Mix and Match

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SHIRT: PAPER CROWN

You definitely want to keep basic staples that will pair perfectly with other pieces hanging in your closet. When it comes to tops, be sure to hold onto your favorite button-ups, t-shirts, and sweaters. Items in solid colors usually mix and match easier but feel free to keep a few of your favorite printed options as well.

2. Dresses

Rent: Special Occasion Dresses

DRESS: MARCHESA NOTTE, DRESS: BADGLEY MISCHKA, DRESS: C/MEO COLLECTIVE

Unless you’re invited to a red carpet event every night of the week, there’s no need to have a closet full of fancy gowns. Instead, you can rent a whole wardrobe of special occasion dresses, that will ensure you have a new frock every time you’re invited to a formal event. Because let’s be honest, once it’s on Instagram you can’t wear the same dress again for quite awhile.

Buy: Classic Dresses That Never Go Out of Style

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DRESS: PETERSYN

When it comes to dresses you want to keep options that are flattering and can be worn every day. Think slip dresses, wrap dresses, and shirt dresses, which never go out of style. Make sure to hold onto a few quality pieces that can be worn to the office as well as a few flirty frocks to wear on date nights.

3. Bottoms

Rent Bottoms in In-Season Silhouettes or Prints

SKIRT: TANYA TAYLOR, PANTS: TIBI, SKIRT: DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY

Test out this season’s trendiest silhouettes and prints by renting them. If you love the idea of culottes but aren’t sure how they will look on your shape, rent them first before you invest in a pair. As for seasonal prints, rent patterned bottoms and then exchange them when new trendy prints come out, to ensure you have the most fashion-forward wardrobe in your group.

Buy: Pants That Flatter to Your Figure

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JEANS: CITIZENS OF HUMANITYCITIZENS OF HUMANITY

There’s nothing harder than finding pants that fit properly, so make sure to hold onto any trousers, jeans, and skirts that fit you like a glove. Keep classic silhouettes that show off your curves and will mix and match well with the tops you’ve held onto.

4. Outerwear

Rent: Outerwear That Adds Interest to Your Minimalist Style

JACKET: BB DAKOTA, JACKET: HUTCH, JACKET: RACHEL RACHEL ROY

Since outerwear is typically the most expensive fashion item you can buy, don’t waste money on buying pieces that you can’t wear on a daily basis. If you want to jazz up a look once in a while, rent a jacket in a fun print or an unexpected embellishment like ruffles, sequins, or embroidery.

Buy: Neutral Outerwear That Compliments Your Minimalist Clothing

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BLAZER: CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE

Classic peacoats, leather jackets, trench coats, and blazers are a must-have in any woman’s closet. Keep at least one of each option in your wardrobe as the sleek neutral pieces will compliment any outfit you put together.

Upgrade your daily uniform with rented pieces and buy only the basics. Now that you know how to build the ultimate minimalist wardrobe, start cleaning out your closet and have a constant rotation of in-season styles with an unlimited membership.