Minimalist Winter Wardrobe

Minimalist Winter Wardrobe

Across the Northern Hemisphere, temperatures are dropping and we are heading into the winter woes with a runny nose and frigid temperatures. Come October I typically spend a few hours switching out my wardrobe with warmer clothing to help me survive subzero Chicago winters. Today, I’m sharing my Minimalist Winter Wardrobe with you to make your winter routines easier!

Quick Reminder: Being a Minimalist looks differently for everyone. For me, winters include more clothing items since I work multiple jobs in a professional and casual setting. Summers are easier since I work at a camp with a uniform 6 days a week. Choose items that are best for you in your circumstances and daily life.


In the winter (as with most of the year), I wear a lot of neutrals. Below is my color scheme that I pretty much wear all year. Color schemes are person dependent are colors that you wear frequently that make you feel confident and can create a lot of outfits with when you mix 7 match. Burgundy and navy are my favorites (because blue jeans).

my color scheme- gray, navy, burgundy, coral, white



I would say about 50% of my wardrobe stays the same throughout the year. Some things that I always have in my closet include:


  • 3 non-graphic T-shirts (2 white with light gray stripes, 1 dark red as above)
  • 1 Classic light blue button down shirt from Old Navy (see here)
  • 2 Cardigans - 1 lightweight in plum purple, 1 wool in light brown
  • 1 long sleeve thermal (solid, cream colored)
  • 1 Pullover sweater 


  • 1 pair of dark wash denim skinny jeans
  • 1 pair of hiking pants (can also be worn as capris)
  • 2-3 dresses (usually sleeveless that I pair with my button down or cardigan in winter)



  • 2 Oversized/chunky sweaters
    • I highly recommend thrifting for these in the men’s section! Cheaper and cozier!.
  • 2 more cardigans (1 ice blue, 1 grey or navy)
  • 4 button downs (1 pinstripe light blue, 1 white, 1 plum, 1 denim)
  • 3 solid long sleeves (light grey, dark grey, sea foam green)
  • 1 flannel (navy blue & burgundy)
  • 1 patterned gray/silver T-shirt
  • 2 burgundy sweaters


  • 2 pairs of skinny leg dress pants; 1 navy, 1 black
  • 2 casual pairs of pants; 1 lighter wash jean, 1 burgundy skinny jean
  • 2 pairs of leggings; 1 of which is fleece-lined
  • 2 extra dresses, both with sleeves to the elbow
  • 1 patterned skirt


  • 4 fashion scarves (3 neutrals, 1 plum)
  • 3 pairs of boots (1 pair for snow, 1 knee-high, 1 ankle; all brown/tan scheme)

Total Winter Wardrobe: 43 items (not including hat, gloves, etc.)


For some people, this number is scary small. If a minimalist lifestyle is new to you, I highly recommend checking out my introduction post discussing my Zero Waste & Minimalism Journey

If you’re trying to kickstart a minimalist wardrobe, I highly recommend trying Project 333. This project challenges you to live with only 33 items (shoes & accessories included) for 3 months. Although I’ve never technically done the challenge, when I traveled to Switzerland in the spring and fall I definitely had less than 30 items each time. It can help you see what pieces you love and which ones you’re never going to wear no matter how many times you tell yourself you’re going to. 

I hope sharing my Minimalist Winter Wardrobe inspires you to find your staple pieces for year-round and winter living. If you have any more questions about where to find some good basic pieces, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Blessings on your minimalist journey!

About Shannon Pedersen

Share Your Thoughts, Questions & Comments!