For the ideal minimalist closet you'll need a pair of jeans that go with everything. There's only one way to nail that one and that's to find the perfect fit for your shape.
If you're going to create a minimalist wardrobe it's worth taking the time to find that perfect pair.
Jeans shopping is only painful if you're not prepared, so take a t-shirt jacket and heels with you so you can test them out with different looks before buying.
According to France, the Moto jacket is a staple when it comes to minimalist clothing.
The great thing about having a suit in your minimalist wardrobe is that you can dress it down by wearing the jacket with jeans and the pants (or skirt) with a tshirt and white sneakers.
For truly minimal clothing, stick to neutral colours: black, grey or navy for the best chance of mixing and matching with other essentials.
The same principle works for men.
A pair of heels
You can take a leaf out of Anna Wintour's shoe closet on this one. Wintour is known for her classic style but she's also been wearing the same Manolo Blahnik heels for decades.
Maybe not the exact same pair (she apparently gets sent a few pairs each season), but you could call the nude heel one of her basics.
Nude or black will go with everything so be like Wintour and invest in a pair you love so you can feel proud of your capsule wardrobe.
Little Black Dress
A little black dress doesn't have to be little to be a closet essential. In fact, choosing something that crosses over from day to night will save you needing to buy more than one.
The Stella McCartney Short Sleeved dress as worn by Meghan Markle is a great place to start.
Jennifer Aniston is a big fan of the LBD and told InStyle magazine, "I love a little black dress. It’s a great, wonderful, fun, easy piece of clothing to have."
So there you have it courtesy of Tan France, Anna Wintour and Jennifer Aniston.
The perfect bare minimum wardrobe with five essentials that will see you through from Jan to December.