Minimalist Dressing, 4 Ways
Written by: Amanda Chung
Published on: August 25, 2022
Fashion editor: Sandra Slusarczyk
Photo courtesy of Matin
The appeal of minimalism lies in its simplicity. But pared-back doesn’t have to mean plain. We’ve pulled together four styling strategies to help you nail the less-is-more look—plus, all the very-best-quality black-and-white basics your closet could need.
LEAN INTO TEXTURE
Texture is the easiest lever to pull when you’re running low on styling inspiration. Whether you do a little (plissé button-up instead of classic shirting) or a lot (silk slacks, chunky vest, woven leather bag in hand), the end result is always chic.
You might already have a pair of wide-leg trousers hanging in your closet. But are they tailored to perfection with soft pleats that add movement to every step? Balance the proportions with a slim sweater or a streamlined bodysuit.
PLAY WITH JUXTAPOSITIONS
A double-breasted blazer and matching cigarette pants mean business, but the real KPI of a power suit is how well it dresses down. Offset the buttoned-up vibes with casual-leaning footwear, like clean white sneakers (à la Gwyneth) or chunky-strap sandals.
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COMMIT TO MONOCHROME
Dressing in the same hue head to toe will always look sleek. Case in point: a creamy, cropped workwear jacket and utility-minded mini or an inky-black tank and tube skirt.
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