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Essential Wardrobe Pieces for the Modern Minimalist

Building a stylish and versatile wardrobe for the busy, modern minimalist may seem like a daunting and time consuming task, but it’s easier than you might think. It involves time, patience and effort, but with a little help along the way, you’ll have a styled wardrobe that will make everyday outfitting a breeze.

Below you will find a curated  list of wardrobe essentials that every person should own, lending a helping hand in orchestrating the perfect lifestyle wardrobe that will cater for whatever your styling needs may be, come weekday to weekend. 


An afterthought or a considered ‘accessory’ at the best of times, but little do most know that footwear can make or break an outfit. It’s important to have the right selection of shoes stocked in your wardrobe, which includes a good everyday, minimal white leather sneaker; a pair of leather boots; and a pair of occasion-worthy shoes. This will cover most bases if you’re just starting to build your footwear collection, but there are obviously worthy contenders to be added to your footwear repertoire, also.


One of the most versatile items an individual can own, a good pair of denim jeans will last you a lifetime, if cared for properly.

It’s paramount that you Invest in good denim, such as a pair of selvedge denim jeans. Ensure that you also stick with a shade that will match with what you also have in your wardrobe (in saying that, there isn’t a lot that denim doesn’t go with!). 

As per our  denim post, if you can avoid it, try not to wash your new denim jeans for a good 6-8 months (unless they really need it). This will give the denim time to mould to your body and develop its own colour and character. 


A no-brainer, the basic cotton t-shirt will prove your everyday best friend in that it will act as a layering option for most outfits, any season of the year.

A good selection of FSC certified cotton t-shirts can be rotated throughout the week (or weekend) and thanks to its unique fibre, will breathe easy as well as keeping perspiration to a minimum.


A stylish outerwear staple that can last a lifetime (if purchased correctly), the leather jacket is both stylish and practical that will see you from desk to bar in no time. An effortlessly-cool statement piece, the leather jacket can be worn at any time of the year. Pair with a basic t-shirt for a casual yet cool look, or over a knit or shirt for smart-casual occasions.

When looking for the perfect leather jacket, it is often the case that you’ll “know it when you see it.” Put simply: don’t purchase a leather jacket for the sake of it. Do your research, try on different styles, and remember to invest a little more than you normally would, as a good leather jacket will last for years to come. Personally we love vegan leather jackets!

About the writer

Josh Bozin is a freelance writer and content creator from Melbourne, Australia. His work can be seen in GQ Australia, Executive Style, Mr Porter, and Man of Style, covering topics on Men’s Fashion, lifestyle and travel.

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