As Thanksgiving comes to a close and we look forward to a very merry holiday season, it goes without saying that everyone wants to look their best, especially if you’ll be expecting friends and family for an extended period of time. Many people are taking advantage of the black friday sales to revamp their wardrobes completely! Although, I almost never shop during Black Friday, I must admit that the online sales are pretty solid. However, you mustn’t loose your head in the sweet sales. Your minimalist wardrobe must consist of a particular few essential items and you can sprinkle a few interesting pieces to make your closet individually unique. Regardless of if you are new to minimalism or are looking to enhance your wardrobe, here are the essential pieces you need to keep on your check list this holiday season. And who knows! Maybe Santa may drop some of these items down the chimney!
You’ve got to have a few button downs on your checklist if you don’t already have some. It is a simple, timeless, classic that you can keep for a very long time. I suggest you spend a few extra bucks here to make sure it’s good quality. My favorite brands are J.Crew and Ralph Lauren. Their button downs are very well made and will last you a while even if you don’t take the best care of your clothes.
Remember these from the 80’s and 90’s? Well they’ve made a triumphant return and boy, are they adorable! You can find these just about every where now. However, I’d take a look at British brands like New Look or Top Shop to find decent quality sweaters at an affordable price.
Remember these from the 90’s? These have also made a come back! You can grab a pair of these just about anywhere as well, but the better quality pair are few and far between. I would try catching a sale at a place that specializes in jeans, like Levi or Lucky’s. Make sure you catch a good sale, otherwise you’ll be paying around $90. The reason I say get good quality is because these pants are made to look casual, yet put together. If the color fades, the fabric pills, or the seams tear it will just look a hot mess.
Here’s where you’ll catch a break. Skirts are low priority in my book. Just grab a decent skirt or two wherever you find one you like. I suggest getting at least one leather skirt. It looks lovely with some stockings underneath. If you’re in a cold region, like me, you should grab a pair of fleece stockings. Unless you don’t mind the cold at all.
Who can forget about the classic oversized coats! Inspired by menswear, these comfy oversized coats have become a staple in the minimalists wardrobe. If you live in a cold climate, make sure to opt for a wool or tweed coat. Those trap in warmth and keep out the pesky winter cold.
On those snowy winter nights when its extra frigid outside, these cardigans are perfect for cozying up by the fire with a cup of tea and a good book. You can find good cardigans in most stores, but again I suggest you check out British stores like Top Shop or New Look.
I’m not a big shoe person. I’m good with only a few pair of shoes. I only get about two or three pair a year! Most of the time I just get them to replace shoes I no longer wear. Based on this knowledge, I suggest you put four pairs of shoes on your checklist: black flats, ankle boots, riding boots and white sneakers. Most of the shoes above are black, but that doesn’t have to be true of your wardrobe. In reality, I have brown ankle boots instead of black. I’m combing the web for black ones know, but after that, my shoe shopping is finito!
If it’s any more help, here is a tangible checklist you can use to ease your holiday shopping stresses.