The Minimalist Wardrobe: 30-Pieces would be my Barest of Bare Minimums!

The Background:

I probably have quadruple what I am listing as my potential “Minimalist Wardrobe”, because I love variety too much.

And this is after cutting back my wardrobe by 50% in 2007/2008!!

So just imagine what I had in there before that I didn’t use, want or need.

Still if I had to only bring 30 pieces, this is what I’d imagine would be the barest of bare minimum for me.

The List of 30 items of my (hypothetical) Super Bare Minimum of Essentials Wardrobe

  • 2 pairs of Trouser Jeans or work pants
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 Casual Blazer
  • 3 Work Sweaters
  • 1 Ultimate Soft Cushy Sweater
  • 2 Camisoles/Tank Tops
  • 3 Work Tops
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 2 sets of Sweatpants or Leggings — only to wear at home!
  • 1 suit with a matching skirt and pant option
  • 2 Skirts
  • 2 Casual-ish Dresses
  • 1 Formal Dress
  • 1 Light Jacket
  • 1 Winter Jacket
  • 1 Leather Jacket
  • 1 “Other” Item — Anything I choose!

Still, if I was an ultimate, hardcore minimalist, it might look something like this:


  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 sweater — can double as a light jacket
  • 2 work tops
  • 2 casual t-shirts (one needed for laundry day)
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 dress
  • 1 formal dress
  • 2 pairs of sweatpants or leggings (one needed for laundry day)
  • 1 winter jacket

No suit, or leather jacket included.

I don’t wear suits to work… so I’m safe there, and even if I did, Maybe I could get away with it by switching into a dress, and using one of the pants, skirts and sweater options as a blazer.

No. This is definitely going too far! 🙂

This was originally posted on The Everyday Minimalist.

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.