Minimalist Styling with “Uniforms”

One way to build and style a minimalist wardrobe fashionably is by sticking to a few “uniforms” that truly flatter you.  When I say “uniforms” I mean stylish go-to silhouettes that you know flatter you like nothing else. This is a major key to effortless dressing versus looking at a bunch of disjointed clothing items when you open your closet door.  This will save you so much time and make getting dressed a joy as well.

I talk about the importance of designing a color palette in Chic Minimalism For Your Wardrobe to weed out clothing that never matches, and to guarantee workable clothing separates that seamlessly pair together well.  Creating a capsule wardrobe is the true foundation of dressing well, yet knowing how to style your clothing has everything to do with the silhouettes each piece creates on your body.  Taking this concept of styling to the next level begins with establishing a few uniforms for different occasions that may also be somewhat seasonal by changing shoes, adding tights, or even a sweater or coat.

Using these 12 different clothing items, here are five examples of uniforms that I love.


Leggings/Cigarette Pants


Lightweight Sweater




Wide Leg Pants

Pencil Skirt




Outfit #1–Tunic, Leggings/Cigarette Pants, Boots, Jacket

Loose fitting tunics with slim pants or leggings can be truly casual and comfy, yet with a great boot, jacket and accessory or two, you looked thoughtfully pulled together.

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Outfit #2–T-Shirt, Jeans, Flats

The traditional t-shirt and jeans don’t have to be boring.  The organic line Edun brings simplicity and art together in the most beautiful way.  Looser fitting tees with slim line jeans tend to look chic and effortless.

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Outfit #3–Dress, Boots

Gaia Conceptions has been a favorite organic clothing line of mine for quite sometime.  I love the look of the perfect dress with boots.  Add tights and a sweater to this look for the fall.

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Outfit #4–Lightweight Sweater, Wide Leg Pants, Flats

Here is a chic and simple silhouette this time with a slim fitting top with wide leg pants.  This uniform is truly timeless and elegant.

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Outfit #5–Blouse, Pencil Skirt, Boots

Boots make this look fun!  I’ve always favored how they instantly change the feel of any outfit.  This same blouse and skirt would look very classic in heels or flats.

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The idea of the uniform is for easy mindless dressing.  Actually it isn’t completely mindless since you have to do the work in the beginning.  Although it is a way to really figure out what combination of separates makes you feel glamorous.  Then you’ll never have to say “I have nothing to wear” again.

See more articles relating to capsule wardrobes and easy styling here.  If you are curious how I create my capsule wardrobe each season, then look here.

What is your go-to “uniform” or style silhouette?

(top image by D Sharon Pruitt)

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  1. lily says

    the outfits are nice and fashionable. they seem to take a lot of effort out of the whole what am i going to wear?/i have nothing to wear syndrome.

  2. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Lily, Sometimes having a uniform or two makes things so much easier. Enjoy your day!

  3. rachael says

    with two little kids at home, my uniform should be scrubs :) looking forward to some day creating a beautiful capsule wardrobe