Let’s wrap up the Extreme Minimalism series with a topic that’s always popular: clothing!
It’s been over a year since I wrote More Minimalist Wardrobe Musings. In that post, I asked, “So (laundry concerns aside), what if you could have one perfectly-comfortable, perfectly-designed outfit that you could wear everyday — and nobody cared, or ridiculed you for it? I’m not talking scrubs, or military dress, or a UPS uniform, but something you looked fabulous and felt great in. Would you want that?”
For me, the answer is an emphatic yes! Although I haven’t adopted one yet, I’m completely smitten with the idea of a uniform. I’ve given more thought to what would constitute my ideal ultra-minimalist wardrobe (ie. something I could pack in a tiny bag), and it would include the following:
1. Sleeveless or short-sleeve dress for warm weather.
2. Long-sleeve shirt that can layered under or over the dress for warmth.
3. One pair of pants (trousers for my British readers—don’t worry, I don’t plan on running around in my underwear!)
4. Lightweight but warm (and water-resistant) jacket for cooler weather.
For fabric, I like merino wool, as long as it’s ethically-sourced; it’s comfortable in a wide range of temperatures and easy to care for. I’m thinking of something like these pieces from Icebreaker, though designed a bit differently:
Before you call the fashion police on me, please note that I’m doing a thought experiment here on how little I’d need for a nomadic minimalist life–I’m certainly not suggesting that everyone ditch the contents of their closet and go to work in the same thing every day (though in the spirit of full disclosure, I’d be tempted to do so! ). I do think such basics can look quite chic when dressed up with a colorful scarf:
So that’s my clothing Holy Grail: a sort of modern day wandering monk, in merino wool and ballet flats instead of saffron robes and sandals. Pieces that can be layered for different climates, are versatile enough for a variety of activities, and can be laundered in a sink and hung to dry overnight.
What would your ultra-minimalist wardrobe look like?