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Your Guide to a Minimalist Wardrobe

Start with these key pieces.

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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. It's finally 2021, and as we ease back into getting dressed I suggest going back to the basics 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 that will never go out of style. From splurge-worthy coats to affordable luxe sweaters, here are the pieces to get you started.

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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.

2 The Kensington Heritage Trench Coat
Burberry farfetch.com
$1,990.00

A classic Burberry trench is worth the splurge. Buy it once and you'll wear it forever. 

3 A Crisp White Button-Down
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A white button-down can be worn in a million different ways. This simple yet chic item is a minimalist must-have.

4 Perfect Shirt in Poplin
Courtesy
Gap gap.com
$49.95

This blouse is the epitome of versatile. Wear it with jeans, layer it under sweaters, pair with a blazer—the options are truly endless. 

5 A Black Blazer
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Nothing screams minimal chic like an all-black look.

6 Buttoned Oversized Blazer
ZARA zara.com
$19.99

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. 

7 A Black Turtleneck
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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.

8 Colorado Thong Bodysuit
Wolford net-a-porter.com
$250.00

Wolford is known for their high-quality basics, like this turtleneck body suit. 

9 Tailored Trousers
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A pair of great trousers aren't just for the boardroom. Dress them down with casual knits and t-shirts.

10 High-Rise Cocoon Trouser
Babaton aritzia.com
$168.00

Give these trousers a more casual feel by styling them with sneakers and a white t-shirt. 

11 A Simple Slip
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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.

12 Charmeuse Slip Dress
Cuyana cuyana.com
$195.00

This Cuyana slip dress will take you from day to night with ease.  

13 The Perfect Pair of White Sneakers
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A classic pair of white sneakers are comfortable, chic, and go with everything.

14 Veja Esplar Suede-Trimmed Leather Sneakers
Veja net-a-porter.com
$120.00

These simple sneakers will be the chic finishing touch on any look. 

15 A Classic Loafer
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Add some prep to your step with a classic loafer.

16 Loafers in Leather
Tods tods.com
$595.00

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. 

17 An Easy-to-Wear Jumpsuit
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Jumpsuits are the perfect lazy-day hack—effortlessly chic.

18 Linda Cargo Jumpsuit in Khaki Tan
The Frankie Shop thefrankieshop.com
$225.00

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. 

19 An Easy Knit
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You truly can't go wrong with a classic knit sweater in a neutral color.

20 Women Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater
Uniqlo uniqlo.com
$14.90

Uniqlo is a great option for elevated basics that look expensive but won't break the bank. 

21 Good Ol' Blue Jeans
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This one is a given. Every girl needs a pair of classic blue jeans.

22 RE/DONE Stove Pipe High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
RE/DONE net-a-porter.com
$260.00

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.  

23 A Knit Dress
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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.

24 Joy Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress
REMAIN Birger Christensen net-a-porter.com
$240.00

This dress is a flattering choice with its plunging v-neck and tightly ribbed fabric.  

25 An Everyday Bag
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A sleek black everyday bag is a must. Minimalists tend to shy away from flashy logos and crazy hardware.

26 Prada Cleo Shoulder Bag
Prada prada.com
$1,990.00

The Prada Cleo bag is a minimalist's dream. The sleek design and practical size make it the perfect everyday bag.  

27 A Touch of Gold
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Try some simple gold pieces to give your neutral wardrobe a little bit of shine.

28 La Gourmette
SIERRA mishodesigns.com
$157.52

A gold chain necklace is the perfect way to elevate any simple look. It's sleek without being flashy.

29 Boots Made For Walking
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If you're ever looking for minimal style inspo, Christine Centenera has it down pat. Take this classic pair of black boots, for example.

30 Samira Boots
Sam Edelman shopbop.com
$72.00

A pair of black leather boots will always be a fall/winter must-have, regardless of the trends of the season.

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