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Minimalist Dressing, 4 Ways

Written by: Amanda Chung

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Published on: August 25, 2022

Fashion editor: Sandra Slusarczyk

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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.

ON MODELS: ST. AGNI SHIRT, goop, $257; MARIA MCMANUS PANTS, goop, $550

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  1. Wolf Circus ring
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  2. Saie Slip Tint
    Saie Slip Tint goop, $35
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  3. St. Agni vest
    St. Agni vest goop, $231
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  4. Totême Slacks
    Totême Slacks goop, $470
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  5. Bembien bag
    Bembien bag goop, $295
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  6. Totême sandal
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GO WIDE

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.

ON MODELS: ST. AGNI SHIRT, goop, $257; G. LABEL JOHNSON BODYSUIT, goop, $185; G. LABEL FAHN HIGH-WAISTED PLEATED PANTS, goop, $495

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  1. G. Label Fiene Yellow Gold and Pavé Ear Cuff
    G. Label Fiene Yellow Gold and Pavé Ear Cuff goop, $650
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  2. Westman Atelier brow pencil
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  3. G. Label Johnson Bodysuit
    G. Label Johnson Bodysuit goop, $185
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  4. G. Label Fahn High-Waisted Pleated Pants
    G. Label Fahn High-Waisted Pleated Pants goop, $495
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  5. Staud bag
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  6. Emme Parsons sandals
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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.

ON MODELS: MARIA MCMANUS BLAZER, goop, $1,090; MARIA MCMANUS PANTS, goop, $550; A EMERY SANDALS, goop, $190; MARIA MCMANUS SHIRT, goop, $480

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  1. G. Label deven link necklace
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  2. G. Label chidi lock charm
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  3. Westman Atelier blush stick
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  4. Maria McManus crew
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  5. Maria McManus blazer
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  6. Maria McManus pants
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  7. Porte & Paire Sandals
    Porte & Paire Sandals Net-a-Porter, $275
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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.

ON MODELS: MARIA MCMANUS SHIRT, goop, $480; MARIA MCMANUS SKIRT, goop, $420; MATIN JACKET, goop, $589; MATIN MINISKIRT, goop, $470

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  1. Sheryl Lowe Band
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  2. Ilia mascara
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  3. Matin jacket
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  4. Matin miniskirt
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  5. Hereu bag
    Hereu bag Farfetch, $341
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  6. The Row Sandals
    The Row Sandals Net-a-Porter, $925
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MORE MINIMALIST PICKS

  1. G. Label Marney French-Striped Shirt
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  2. AGOLDE Jeans
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  3. Demellier Bag
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  4. G. Label Jasper Cuffed Shorts
    G. Label Jasper Cuffed Shorts goop, $325
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  1. St. Agni Shirt
    St. Agni Shirt goop, $257
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  2. By Pariah Gold Linings Ring
    By Pariah Gold Linings Ring goop, $1,550
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  3. Proenza Schouler White Label Dress
    Proenza Schouler White Label Dress goop, $495
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  4. G. Label Brigette buckle ring
    G. Label Brigette buckle ring goop, $1,990
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  1. G. Label Reid Three-Hoop Earrings
    G. Label Reid Three-Hoop Earrings goop, $2,800
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  2. G. Label Djenaba Shirtdress
    G. Label Djenaba Shirtdress goop, $525
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  3. Matin Tank
    Matin Tank goop, $448
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  4. Totême flip-flop
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