how to take a little black dress from work to play

10 Key Pieces For A Spring/Summer Work To Play Minimalist Wardrobe

I've just done another closet clean out and took inventory of my staple pieces. Here's some key pieces for a work to play minimalist wardrobe.

how to take a little black dress from work to play

It’s that time of year again. Spring cleaning. Time to remove unnecessary clutter from your home and your closet. As an aspiring minimalist, it’s become easier for me to get rid of things I used to hold onto. Especially clothes. Every season I go through my closet and remove all clothing that I never reach for and pieces that no longer fit my tastes. I also remove clothing that I can’t pair with at least three other pieces in my closet to create an outfit. Pieces like this are usually a waste of space since you’ll only wear them once in a blue moon. This is how I maintain a (generous) minimalist wardrobe to take me from work to play. I’ve just done another closet clean out and took inventory of my staple pieces. Here’s my key pieces for a work to play minimalist wardrobe.

How To Take The Little Black Dress From Work To Play

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The Sheath Dress

The Sheath Dress is my number one wardrobe essential for all seasons and occasions. I like to stick with neutral colors like black, grey and olive green. Your sheath dress should be figure flattering and no shorter than knee length. You can layer it with other pieces for the office. And ditch the layers after work for a night out.

Skinny Scarf Outfit

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The High Waist Pencil Skirt

The high waist pencil skirt can be paired with anything from silk camis to cropped tanks to take you from day to night. Pair it with a blazer for work and lose it after. Wear it with a crop top and denim jacket on the weekends.

Black Jumpsuit Outfit

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The Jumpsuit

The same goes for the jumpsuit. A simple black jumpsuit is another minimalist wardrobe must have that can be layered or worn alone. It also works for any occasion.

Monotone Outfit

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The Blazer

The blazer was my first ever minimalist wardrobe essential. A blazer paired with denim, a tee and pumps has been one of my go to looks since my early 20s. You can pair it with absolutely anything. Dresses. Skirts. Pants. Jeans. Jumpsuits. Anything. It instantly makes any look more polished for work, and one with a funky cut adds some edge. I love the look of a cropped, asymmetrical blazer.

NYFW Outfit Paperbag Waist Palazzo Pants

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The High Waist Pant

I prefer jeans over slacks, although I’m trying to kick my denim dependency. But a good pair of dress pants in a neutral color is a must have for a work to play minimalist wardrobe. Especially if you can’t wear jeans to work. A wide leg pant with a high waist is both professional and chic. It also looks really cute with a cropped tank or bralette.

How To Style A Cream Duster

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The Duster

I’ve become completely obsessed with dusters over the last two years. The look is just so fly. The duster is perfect for when you want to wear a dress that’s just a little too form fitting or too short. Even more so when it’s belted. It’s an instant cover up.

Minimalist Chic Outfit

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But the duster looks just as amazing with dresses, pants, jeans. Whatever.

How To Wear A Trench Vest

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The Sleeveless Trench

The sleeveless trench is another closet must have for me. It serves the same purpose as a blazer or duster when it’s just too hot for sleeves.

Sleeveless Trench Coat Outfit

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And it’s perfect for jazzing up basics.

Denim Jacket Outfit

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The Denim Jacket

No matter what anyone says, the denim jacket will NEVER go out of style. At least it won’t for me. It pairs well with anything and can be worn with any look, from super casual to dressy.

Floral Lace Choker Outfit

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The Moto Jacket

The same goes for the Moto Jacket. It’s an absolute must have item. It makes boring jeans and a tee look edgy. Add some pumps and the look will take you anywhere.

Leather Motor Jacket with Marled Bodycon Dress

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And it looks just as good paired with a dress for work.

How To Wear a Kimono

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The Kimono

I usually stick to solid neutral pieces. But the maxi kimono is my trendy, statement piece. The look is straight up bad ass. And the versatile piece doubles as a swimwear cover up as well.

Black Lace Kimono

These are my key pieces for a work to play minimalist wardrobe. Keep in mind that I can wear whatever I want to work. Some of these looks may not fly if your office has a strict dress code. But most of the pieces will. Twerk the looks to fit your style and circumstances. I also keep an abundance of basics such as camis, tanks, tees, bralettes and bustiers in neutral colors for layering, including cropped pieces. I didn’t include shoes & accessories in this post as I’ll cover those in another post soon.

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What are your work to play minimalist wardrobe essentials?


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