Ever stood staring, overwhelmed, into a full closet feeling like you have nothing to wear? Pulled on clothes that were ill fitting for who you are today? Looked into a mirror and wondered who this woman is that is staring back at you? Oof, been there.
Then I took a deep dive into all things minimalism and overhauled my wardrobe—it was a life changing, radical act of self love. It transformed the way I felt about myself, set a whole new tone for my day each morning when I got dressed, and supported me in living the life of my dreams. It allowed me to be a “yes” mom. Yes, clothing can be that impactful!
So I created the Minimalist Wardrobe course to walk you through each step of the process of creating your very own personal Minimalist Wardrobe. While that course is about you—your climate, lifestyle, comfort, fit, and style—I do use my wardrobe as an example and these are some of my favorite pieces from my Minimalist Wardrobe. This is not a comprehensive list (that is inside the course), but these are the links for some of my faves that are still available (Y’all asked for them!).
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Bralettes: Aerie Real Free Padded Bralette
Seamless comfort while providing just enough support and shape. My only complaint is that the pads come out in the wash and are not easily reinserted.
Underwear: Gap No-Show Hipster
Feels like I’m naked, completely invisible, perfect in yoga pants and leggings, slips down in everything else.
Activewear Socks: Bombas Performance Running Ankle Socks
These live up to the hype with comfort and support and stay perfectly in place.
Winter Socks: Darn Tough Hiker Boot Midweight Hiking Socks
Breathable, warm, and moisture wicking without the loosening of others I’ve tried—the best.
My favorite . . . of everything . . . for all time. It feels like I’m naked . . . but better (I’ve never had that feeling in clothing before), plus it’s organic and sustainable to an extent that makes me wish they made everything.
Tank/Shorts: Pact Breezy Cotton Sleep Set
I bought the sleep set so I could have the tank tops to wear with warm loungewear pants in the winter but I basically live in them now. They are delicious.
Love the high waist and the material.
So comfortable and flattering.
Sports Bras: Medium Support Powersoft Sports Bra
Swimsuit Top: Aerie Ruffle Scoop Bikini Top, strawberry & floral
The perfect top for the active woman with a small chest. Simple and secure yet oh so cute.
Swimsuit Bottom: Aerie Crossover High Waisted Bikini Bottom, black
The perfect bottom for the active woman with a squishy belly.
Thermal Top: REI Midweight Base Layer Crew Top
Thermal Bottom: REI Midweight Base Layer Tights
These thermals give me the warmth I need without the bulk and sweat.
Fleece Top: North Face Campshire Full-Zip Jacket
I bring this sweatshirt with me everywhere and it always keeps me cozy. The full-zip version is discontinued and the sherpa fabric does become matted with ongoing washing but a comparable version is often available places like REI, The North Face, and Patagonia.
Fleece Bottom: REI Teton Fleece Pants
I had to buy these pants for all the members of my family because they would not stop stealing mine. They are like a cloud from heaven.
Rain Jacket: REI Marmot Rain Jacket
Rain Pants: REI Essential Rain Pants
This waterproof outer layer keeps me 100% dry when standing in the pouring rain . . . which I find myself doing rather often. It’s how we can stay out in the forest all day long through puddle jumping and mud sliding.
The upper half of my everyday uniform because if its thin, flowy fabric and relaxed cut. The downside is durability as they need to be replaced yearly.
Cold Urban: Vivobarefoot Nepal Boots
These high quality minimalist boots mimic barefoot walking while insulating from the cold and are my go to for everyday city life in the colder months of the year: Hackschool event at a museum or out to dinner with my family. They are so freaking comfortable and look so freaking good while being designed to support the natural health of my feet with things like a toe box shaped like an actual human foot, a heel that’s not higher than the toe, and flexibility that grants my foot it’s full range of motion. They Rock. My. World. This specific style has been discontinued but let these be your gateway into the barefoot revolution.
Warm Urban: Birkenstock Arizona Birkibuc Stone Sandals
I’m a hippy. Of course I wear Birkenstocks. It’s our pass into folk music festivals. I jest but these classic hippie staples are my everyday go-to in the warmer months. You’ll catch me in these taking a kid to a dentist appointment or attending a support group meeting.
Warm Nature: Keen Whisper Sandals
These light-weight, versatile, amphibious hiking sandals cheerily answer the call of adventure. They splash across rivers and scurry over rocks while offering enough support for ache-prone feet. They are also the shoes of choice for my little sailors out on the boats.
Cold Nature: Xero Arctic Snow Boots
These barefoot cold weather boots pair perfectly with my wool hiking socks. I have to say, I’ve tried everything from Bogs (heavy and inflexible) to Sorels (very narrow toe box) and this is the first snow boot that keeps my feet warm and dry without intense discomfort hours (and potentially miles) into wear.
Dressy & Professional: Birkenstock Lana Wedges
These black strappy wedges are for gettin’ professional or fancy. I can pair them with jeans, tee, and a blazer to class up the look for a professional event or wear them with my Free People lace dress at a wedding. This specific shoe is discontinued but look to the brands that work really well for you to fill that classy spot.
Activewear: Xero Prio Sneakers
These versatile barefoot running sneakers are good for the street and the trail. I bought them to pair with the clothes in my activewear drawer but I liked them so much that I wear them with my everyday uniform too.
This hat is surprisingly hearty and gives me the shade and style I want for inactive outdoor play like spectating at my kids’ regatta or strolling through a farmer’s market. If you have ever watched the Instagram videos I make while working on the dock when my kids are at sailing practice, this hat will be all too familiar.
I care not for brand names as status symbols. I’ll pay for high quality and sustainability (like my Pact loungewear or my Vivobarefoot boots) but I will not pay for initials on my purse as a signal of membership in some consumerist class. Sunglasses usually fall in this category, but these are the only glasses I’ve ever worn that didn’t give me headaches (weight on my ears with things like earrings, air pods, or glasses triggers headaches). These glasses are very light weight, offer full coverage UV protection, and give the world a warm tint that makes me feel happy, plus, I dig that top gun style.
Hip Pack: Fjallraven Medium
This bag is a beast! It looks totally hip while keeping my belongings secure and accessible but my hands free. Even my kindle paper white fits inside.
Of course, the core value of the Minimalist Wardrobe course is minimalism. By that I mean, please don’t feel the need to buy every piece linked in this post just because it works well for a very nice woman on the internet. BUT, I do find trusted recommendations very helpful for those times when I am refreshing my wardrobe. If I have a spot to fill (a piece I need) and a trusted source with shared values who I know thoroughly researches and thoughtfully tries everything found a gem, that is helpful! It gives me a place to start. And that is what I hope this post can be for you. These pieces serve me well and if you have a need for one of them, they might serve you well too.