A capsule wardrobe for the minimal style personality

by Sylvia

How to create a capsule wardrobe for the minimalist style personality | 40plusstyle.com

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

If you gravitate towards simple, uncomplicated style, a minimalist capsule wardrobe might be a great choice 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.

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)


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.

Minimalist style dresses to create a minimalist capsule wardrobe


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 corduroy pant for a more casual style.

pants to create a minimalist capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com


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. That doesn’t have to mean black! You can choose gray,white, tan or navy.

Jackets to create a minimalist style capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Accessories and Jewelry

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 pairs well with a minimalist style.

Accessories for a minimalist style capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com


Classic, flattering, and feminine shapes like pumps, boots with a pointed toe, ballet flats, mules and slingbacks complement a minimalist style. You can opt to add a pop of color with a shoe like a metallic kitten heel which stays with a classic shape but adds an unexpected detail.

Shoes and boots for a minimalist style capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Here are twelve looks we created for the minimalist style capsule wardrobe, plus you can shop the boutique for these looks and more to create your own capsule wardrobe below.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sue

Great post! I love minimalism and have been adapting some elements (clean lines, minimum detail, no froufrou) for my own style. One thing I have learned is that color can be incorporated into the style, it’s really all about the aesthetics which range from simplified shapeless lines to extreme graphics. A wonderful book on this topic is, “Less is More: Minimalism in Fashion” by Harriet Walker. I learned a lot about the various interpretations of the style since it first popped up on the scene some time in the 1920s.


2 Samantha Blair

I love minimalist style….on others!
It is a beautiful way to dress as long as the quality is high and the details are right.
This is great post that makes me want to branch out into try an occasional minimal look.
Thank you!


3 Greetje

I am not really minimalistic, am I haha. But I do have a lot of the things you are showing.


4 Carey Aydelotte

Love this post! I am so drawn to muted blues, grays, navy, and ecru. I am trying to get away from using black all the time, but I love it too. I’m trying to incorporate more burgundy and eggplant as pseudo-neutrals. My biggest challenge will be to incorporate accessories. I don’t like putting on cold metal objects, so I need to find alternatives. Scarves look mumsy on me; maybe I need to practice, because there are so many gorgeous scarves out there. Thanks for the fantastic blog.


5 laura

Thank you Sylvia. Please do more of these minimal capsule wardrobes for spring/summer as well! That’s when it’s a bit harder. I like to use minimalist pieces as a base and then add interest with glasses, bags, etc. Like Carey I rely on navy, grey, and muted blues with plum/burgundy accents. Your style sense is excellent.


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