Raise your hand if you had a Marie Kondo closet-purge moment at any point in the last six months. Yup, me too. If there's one thing to take from this dumpster fire of a year we just had, it's the idea of a stripped-back wardrobe. (opens in new tab) It's finally 2021, and as we ease back into getting dressed I suggest going back to the basics (opens in new tab) and leaving over-the-top fashion behind. Minimalism doesn't have to be boring or break the bank—it's all about purchasing classic items and elevated basics (opens in new tab) that will never go out of style. From splurge-worthy coats to affordable luxe sweaters, here are the pieces to get you started.
1. A Classic Coat
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A classic trench coat is a wardrobe must-have. This iconic item is never going out of style.
A classic Burberry trench is worth the splurge. Buy it once and you'll wear it forever.
2. A Crisp White Button-Down
A white button-down can be worn in a million different ways. This simple yet chic item is a minimalist must-have.
This blouse is the epitome of versatile. Wear it with jeans, layer it under sweaters, pair with a blazer—the options are truly endless.
3. A Black Blazer
Nothing screams minimal chic like an all-black look.
A black blazer can serve as a base for all kinds of minimal chic outfits. Try this one in a oversized fit for a casual, cool look.
4. A Black Turtleneck
A black turtleneck bodysuit is a great layering piece come winter. Wear on its own with some black trousers or layer a classic blazer or trench on top.
Wolford is known for their high-quality basics, like this turtleneck body suit.
5. Tailored Trousers
A pair of great trousers aren't just for the boardroom. Dress them down with casual knits and t-shirts.
Give these trousers a more casual feel by styling them with sneakers and a white t-shirt.
6. A Simple Slip
A black slip dress is one of those pieces that will always come in handy. Dress it up with a pair of strappy sandals for a night out or layer a cozy knit on top and add a pair of boots for a daytime look.
This Cuyana slip dress will take you from day to night with ease.
7. The Perfect Pair of White Sneakers
A classic pair of white sneakers are comfortable, chic, and go with everything.
These simple sneakers will be the chic finishing touch on any look.
8. A Classic Loafer
Add some prep to your step with a classic loafer.
Another splurge-worthy item to add to your wishlist: A pair of Tods loafers. These classic shoes will never go out of style, making them worth every penny.
9. An Easy-to-Wear Jumpsuit
Jumpsuits are the perfect lazy-day hack—effortlessly chic.
This utilitarian-inspired Frankie Shop jumpsuit can be worn all year long. Layer a turtleneck underneath, throw a warm coat on top, and finish off with some boots for a winter time look. Pair with some strappy sandals and gold jewelry for an easy summertime outfit.
10. An Easy Knit
You truly can't go wrong with a classic knit sweater in a neutral color.
Uniqlo is a great option for elevated basics that look expensive but won't break the bank.
21. Good Ol' Blue Jeans
This one is a given. Every girl needs a pair of classic blue jeans.
Investing in one pair of jeans that fit to perfection is a better option than having ten pairs that don't. That's the definition of minimalist dressing.
22. A Knit Dress
A knit dress is another super versatile piece. Wear it with a blazer and boots for a casual look, or some strappy sandals to dress things up.
This dress is a flattering choice with its plunging v-neck and tightly ribbed fabric.
23. An Everyday Bag
A sleek black everyday bag is a must. Minimalists tend to shy away from flashy logos and crazy hardware.
The Prada Cleo bag is a minimalist's dream. The sleek design and practical size make it the perfect everyday bag.
24. A Touch of Gold
Try some simple gold pieces to give your neutral wardrobe a little bit of shine.
A gold chain necklace is the perfect way to elevate any simple look. It's sleek without being flashy.
25. Boots Made For Walking
If you're ever looking for minimal style inspo, Christine Centenera has it down pat. Take this classic pair of black boots, for example.
Shelby Comroe is the Credits Editor and Fashion Assistant at Marie Claire covering all things fashion and giving credit where credit is due. Check her out @shelbycomroe on Instagram if buying designer handbags is your idea of a retirement plan!