AMONGST THE FLASHY PRINTS AND FLOATY 70S VIBES CURRENTLY POPULATING THE FASHION WORLD, THERE IS A CONTRASTING MOVEMENT: MINIMALISM – WHERE STRUCTURED SILHOUETTES AND NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTES KEEP IT COOL AND CONTEMPORARY.
Pioneered by the likes of designers like Phoebe Philo and Raf Simons, minimal style is all about pared-down design elements. Derived from reductive aspects of modernism in modern art and architecture, the trend is characterized by geometric compositions. The often asymmetric tailoring with draped and folded detailing is typically constructed of sleek, industrial materials in neutral shades of white, black, stone, or sand. It’s easy dressing without being too basic. It’s practical, but elegant. It’s “power dressing” for working women of today.
Whether you’re dressing for the office, a gallery opening, or the front row at Fashion Week, the minimalism trend adapts to almost every occasion of your busy schedule. For this refined look, stick to a simple color palette consisting of one to three shades per outfit and item of clothing or accessory. Take inspiration from the boys by choosing tailored pieces that are neither too fitted, nor too oversized. Thanks to well-cut pieces with added volume, looking elegant comes without restriction to comfort this season. Pair a structured cropped-sleeve jacket with asymmetric, draped details and matching wide-leg trousers, a contrasting shade sweater underneath, and a simple, uni-colored clutch. To round off the look with a hint of the unexpected, have the pointed toe of a metallic gold pump poke out from under the trousers. (Bonus points for platinum blonde hair to go with your (almost) all-white outfit.) When opting for a minimalist look, keep it subtle but visually stimulating by focusing on layering contrasting textures and materials, rather than too many colors, prints, or flashy accessories. Layer a heavier structured fabric on top of soft transparent pleats – preferably in the form of a skirt with some sort of belted waist – and pair it with a plain white cotton shirt. Twisted hems, diagonal cuts, rolled up sleeves and casual accessories round off this sophisticated, avant-garde look. What’s great about these pieces is that they will go with many things in your closet, making it easy to mix and match. If freedom of movement and easy dressing whilst looking chic and contemporary sounds good to you (and we know it does), then give yourself a little decadence-detox and make room for some minimalist outfits in your wardrobe this season.