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11 Minimalist Clothing Brands That Make Getting Dressed a Piece of Cake

Zoe Weiner

Photo: Stocksy / KATIE + JOE
Imagine opening up your closet to find a calming sea of neutrals, each of which you can pull off the hanger, pair with literally anything else in your wardrobe, and head out for the day. Such is the beauty of creating a minimalist wardrobe, which will not only keep you looking endlessly chic (peep the #minimalistoutfit hashtag on Instagram for inspo and proof), but will also shave significant time off of your morning routine. You know those cool-looking women who are always outfitted in some stunning combination of grey, black, white, and camel? Well, with the help of these minimalist clothing brands, that could be you.

The allure of a minimalist wardrobe comes in its simplicity. You know that every item in your wardrobe matches, and don't have to stress about finding things that go together. Plus, just because getting dressed can be easy doesn't necessarily mean it has to be boring. You can add a pop of color to your neutral palette by way of a scarf (a la leopard print, maybe?), or dress things up with some structured metal earrings.

Whether you have $10 to spend or $100, scroll through for 11 minimalist clothing brands to keep on your radar. And be prepared to never say "Ugh, I have nothing to wear" again.

COS

For timeless pieces that will stay in your wardrobe forever, head over to COS. The brand offers the types structured, easy pieces you'll actually want to put on every morning, and look damn stylish while doing it.


Shop now: COS Oversized Shirt Dress, $99

Madewell

Madewell's selection of cozy tees and denim make it the perfect place to stock up on basics—after all, there's a reason the brand's motto is, "good days start with great jeans" ( so true, amiright?!). And don't forget to grab a jean jacket, which you'll want to wear with everything you own for the rest of the year.


Shop now: Madewell Tie-Dye Broadway Cardigan Sweater, $98

Lou and Grey

Think of Lou and Grey as Ann Taylor's more laidback little sister. The brand mixes style and comfort for a line full of pieces that you'll be just as happy wearing to work as you would be snuggled up on the couch with a matcha latte and an episode of Friends.


Shop now: Lou & Grey Fleeceback Zip Hoodie, $70; Lite Ponte Pocket Leggings, $60

Cuyana

Cuyana's motto is "fewer, better things," which is essentially the ethos of minimalist dressing as a practice. You can find everything from tailored trousers to super-soft tank tops to easy slip dresses, and a line of simple leather accessories that go with everything.

Shop now: Cuyana French Terry V-Neck Sweatshirt, $85

Everlane

Everlane's got it all: Lingerie, sneakers, and the coziest cashmere your body has ever felt... for the price of your choosing (yup). Plus, there are approximately infinity ways to style their comfy casual dresses, which means you can wear the same piece pretty much everywhere you need to go for the rest of the year.


Shop now: Everlane Parklet Shirtdress, $98

Mate the Label

Since many people are still living in "soft clothes" (denim? I don't know her... ), now's a great time to stock up on cuddly soft and sustainable basics.  Mate's organic cotton tees are as perfect for snuggling into at night as they are for tucking into high-waisted jeans (when the time comes). And don't sleep on the brand's activewear, which is buttery soft and comes in a delightful palette of earthy tones.

Shop now: Mate the Label Organic Cotton Raw Neck Boxy Tee, $68

Lunya

Think of Lunya's line as "pajamas you can also wear to work." While it's technically a sleepwear brand (don't @ me), if you pair the pieces with other minimalist items like jeans or black pencil trousers, you'll wind up with a look that's totally desk appropriate. And for what it's worth, their leggings are the only thing you'll want to wear to yoga, and then to brunch, and then... for the rest of your life.


Shop now: Lunya Restore Pocket Legging, $98

Universal Standard

Universal Standard's "size-inclusive basics," range from size 00 to 40, which means that everyone can shop the basics-based collection. You'll find everything from workwear to activewear, plus a brand mission that wholeheartedly proves that style has no size.


Shop now: Universal Standard Cambria Twill Luxe Jumpsuit, $198

Theory

An oldie but goodie, Theory was doing the whole "minimalist wardrobe" thing long before Instagram made it cool. It's the perfect place to shop for staples that will last you through every stage of your life, and then some. Case in point: I still wear the Theory blazer my mom passed down from when she was my age, and lemme say—it looks great.

Shop now: Theory Staple Blazer in Crepe, $372

Aday 

For "seasonless staples that last," Aday has got you covered. The brand has clothing that will get you through a day in your life, AKA running to from the gym to work to dinner to a date.

Shop now: Aday Easy Days Pant, $155

Mango

For basics that will make you look like you belong on the runway, but won't break the bank, head on over to Mango. The Spanish brand has the latest and greatest in trends, and is a great source for anyone looking to buy minimalist clothing and also, maybe, a bright floral skirt or dress.

Shop now: Mango 100% Linen Dress, $100

Article originally published on June 3, 2019.

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