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Why Minimalism Always Works

In partnership with our friends at Akris

When we hear “minimalist fashion,” our mind quickly sees head-to-toe monochrome or a meticulously edited ten-piece capsule wardrobe. But true minimalism, in the most practical sense, is less about dressing simply and more about streamlining the often overwhelming process of getting dressed. And because an allover tonal look is the sartorial equivalent of a shooting star—you don’t see it every day, and it would lose its magic if you did—here are three very different ways to dress a little more minimally.

FOR THE TREND-FORWARD

No matter how chunky the sweater or straight-up sexy the skirt, stick to a classic color palette and the accessories can be as luxe as you like: golden aviators, sculptural earrings, and snake-embossed block heels strapped to your feet.

  1. Ellery hoops Ellery hoops
    Ellery hoops goop, $330
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  2. A.P.C. sunglasses A.P.C. sunglasses
    A.P.C. sunglasses Matchesfashion, $425
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  3. Raey sweater Raey sweater
    Raey sweater Matchesfashion, $572
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  4. Akris skirt Akris skirt
    Akris skirt Akris, $2,690
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  5. Staud bag Staud bag
    Staud bag goop, $350
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  6. Tabitha Simmons heels Tabitha Simmons heels
    Tabitha Simmons heels goop, $695
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FOR THE BOHEMIAN

The secret to making this more-is-more aesthetic look like the opposite? Start with a romantic silhouette (billowy cornflower-blue dress), add a few modern extras (clean-cut jacket, coordinating ballet flats), and reach for a pale-pink carryall that’s as pretty as it is practical.

  1. MM Druck necklace MM Druck necklace
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  2. goop x Electric sunglasses goop x Electric sunglasses
    goop x Electric sunglasses goop, $225
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  3. Akris jacket Akris jacket
    Akris jacket Akris, $1,990
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  4. Three Graces dress Three Graces dress
    Three Graces dress goop, $619
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  5. akris bag akris bag
    Akris bag goop, $1,390
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  6. The Row flats The Row flats
    The Row flats Bergdorf Goodman, $790
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FOR THE LAID-BACK

Life hack: Whenever dress codes aren’t a thing, cashmere sweats are a chic swap for your best-loved Levi’s. The rest is easy. Layer on a sheer paneled shirt, lace up a pair of bright-white high-tops (they’re anything but common), and complete the look with a shiny gold cuff.

  1. Jemma Wynne cuff Jemma Wynne cuff
    Jemma Wynne cuff goop, $5,670
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  2. Akris blouse Akris blouse
    Akris blouse Akris, $1,490
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  3. Alo Yoga sweatshirt Alo Yoga sweatshirt
    Alo Yoga sweatshirt goop, $108
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  4. The Elder Statesman track pants The Elder Statesman track pants
    The Elder Statesman track pants Net-a-Porter, $945
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  5. La Ligne weekender La Ligne weekender
    La Ligne weekender goop, $165
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  6. Common Projects sneaker Common Projects sneaker
    Common Projects sneakers goop, $439
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