The 6-Piece Minimalist Clothing Wardrobe


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Sometimes the most stylish women around aren’t always the trendiest. In fact, there are a number of fashion insiders, like Vanessa Traina and Barbara Martelo, who are known for their minimalistic fashion choices. A simple pair of straight-leg jeans, a T-shirt, a tailored jacket, and easy heels tend to be the pieces they wear on repeat. But how do they manage to look fashionable and cool by sticking to these staples season after season?

Really, minimalistic clothing always looks good because the items are timeless and never go out of style. But just because you have a minimalistic approach to fashion doesn’t mean you have to shy away from the trends. There’s a way to interpret them while still maintaining a modern look. This season, look for strong accessories like sock boots, hoop earrings, and structured bags to mix with everyday basics like turtlenecks and blazers. Ahead, we’re breaking down the essentials. Go on to shop the six-piece wardrobe that is minimalist-approved.


Basic Staples





To be honest, these are the staples that work for building so many outfits. You can’t go wrong by having these ones in your closet.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.