Do you have a minimal style personality? Then you will love this capsule wardrobe for the minimal style personality!!

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Do you have a minimal style personality?

A minimal style wardrobe can be one of the chicest choices for women over 40. As the saying goes;”less is more”.

A minimal style wardrobe doesn’t have to be boring, on the contrary.

A minimalist style is classic and timeless and truly lets a woman’s own beauty shine through.

Celebrities with a minimal style personality

Angelina Jolie, Annette Bening, and Charlize Theron are just a few of the many beautiful women who opt for a subtle and minimalist style.

I’m sure you would agree that, while their minimal style is pared back, it is far from dull.

How to tell if you have a minimal style personality

You gravitate towards simple style

If you naturally have a minimal style personality, the you will prefer outfits which are simple and uncomplicated.

You like a neutral palette

If I opened your closet right now, I would be unlikely to see lots of color and pattern. You prefer a palette of neutrals and, if you do go for patterns, they are likely to be simple stripes or smaller prints.

You are a minimalist in your home too

If you like a minimal style wardrobe, you probably don’t like to much clutter in your home either. Marie Condo is a woman after your own heart.

You may find yourself drawn to other similar styles

If you have a minimal style personality, you may find that you also like elements of classic style, Eurochic style or architectural style.

Why a minimalist wardrobe could work for you

A minimalist capsule works well with many body shapes and since this style doesn’t include lots of trendy details, this wardrobe style can look stylish and fresh longer than a trendier of-the-moment wardrobe can.

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Jona opts for a minimal style look here, but she adds interest by wearing a black v-neck with 3/4 sleeves.

While her top is patterned, it has a very simple pattern. She keeps the rest of the look stylishly simple with a pencil skirt and a pair of block-heeled sandals.

Get a similar bell sleeve top here.

‘Rules’ of minimal style

If you’d like to create your own minimalist capsule wardrobe, keep these rules in mind:

  • Highlight one stand-out accessory or one unique detail.
  • Choose understated, neutral colors like black, navy, white and gray to build a solid minimalist base.
  • Select styles of clothing that showcase a clean, long line.
  • Choose tops, pants and jackets that follow the lines of the body, but aren’t too clingy or too baggy.
  • Steer clear of ruffles, embellishments, or overly trendy details.
  • Wear columns of solid colors (or if you do include prints, choose subtle tone on tone prints)

Tops for the minimal style personality

Like the rest of your closet, your tops will be classic, timeless and are likely to be in neutral shades.

That’s not to say you can’t add a pop of color if you would like to. However, if you do, you are likely to prefer a block shade rather than, for example, a flamboyant pattern like florals.

Here I’ve included four tops that you could wear for season upon season, year after year, and they will never date.

Options such as a neutral short-sleeved t-shirt, a classic button-down skirt, a turtleneck and a wrap top will give your closet the clean, classic look you love.

However, I have added interest with the texture of the tee here, and the subtle stripes on the shirt.

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Halogen jacquard knit top – Splendid mock neck teeEquipment stripe shirtVince Camuto wrap front blouse

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Mrs. Kandinsky is wearing a check long sleeves here. But, even with the checked pattern, her look is still very clean and simple. Check out this similar piece from Rails.

Dresses and skirts for your minimalist closet

One of the most important elements in a minimalist wardrobe is a simple, clean lined statement dress, a simple dress with one stand out detail that can be dressed up or down.

Select a fabric that works winter or summer like a lightweight, seasonless wool or silk.  Select a simple wrap, sheath or subtle A-line.

Here are a few dress options to build out your minimalist wardrobe.

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Lewit slit front dressBlack Halo zip slit sheath dressBoss square neck sheath dressA.L.C. rib knit wrap skirt

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Gail wearing a white Marks & Spencers shirtdress. Get a similar look with this piece from the brand.

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Maudie wearing a black slit midi skirt. Check out this skirt from Topshop for a similar look.

Pants for your minimal fashion look

Choose pants that flatter your shape. Good choices are a slim cropped pant in a gray, navy, or black.

Another flattering option is a full-legged trouser cut pant, or a boot cut trouser in a dark color which will lengthen your legs and create a long visual line.

You can also add a casual cropped pair of  pants for a more casual style.

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Endless Rose wide leg pantsAnne Klein twill pants – Vince wide leg crop pants – Frame ankle skinny jeans 

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Claire wearing a raw hem wide leg pants in white. Get a similar piece here from Joe’s.

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Deborah wearing a black skinny pants. Copy her look with this similar piece.

Jackets for the minimal fashion look

For the minimalist style, choose jackets and coats with a body skimming style.

Steer clear of anything too baggy or trendy.

Opt for clean lines and neutral colors. You can opt for black. But, you don’t have to. You can also choose gray, white, tan or navy.

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Oodji Collection asymmetrical belted vestCupcakes and Cashmere long vest – Cinq à Sept ruched sleeve blazer – Blank NYC moto jacket 

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Helen got her blazer from Marks & Spencer.

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Adaline wearing a black moto jacket. Check out a similar piece here.

Accessories and Jewelry to go with your minimalist clothing

Less is more when it comes to jewelry for the minimalist style.

Choose one exceptionally stylish piece of jewelry rather than a layer of pieces.  

If you want to add a statement piece, choose something oversized rather than delicate.

Silver, gold or other metallics are a great option. For bags, select a satchel or crossbody with tonal details; styles which pair well with a minimalist style.

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AllSaints leather bag – Thacker shoulder bag – Ten 79 LA drop earringsNordstrom print scarfKarine Sultan sculptural cuff – Lisa Freede knot lariat necklace

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Kim wearing a pair statement earrings. Get a similar hexagon pair here.

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Georgette using a Tory Burch tote bag. Get a similar style here from the brand.

Shoes to go with your minimalist outfits

Classic, flattering, and feminine shapes like pumps, boots with a pointed toe, ballet flats, mules and slingbacks complement a minimalist style.

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Linea Paolo bootieCalvin Klein slide sandalCalvin Klein slingback flatSteve Madden sneaker

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Nicola pairs her whole look with suede booties. Check out a similar pair here.

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Gitte wearing strappy flat sandals. Check out a similar pair here.

A capsule wardrobe of 9 minimalist outfits using the pieces above

Here are 9 looks we created for the minimalist style capsule wardrobe. But there are lots more combinations you could create from these pieces.

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Remember, most of us don’t just have one style personality. We are a usually a mixture and can also like elements of other style personalities. However, usually one is dominant.

You may like to check out our capsules for the classic style, Eurochic style, natural style or architectural style.

Let me know what style personality you are! Does the minimal style personality speak to you?

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