Last year continued fashion's new leaning towards fun—dresses were splashed with bright colours and vivid prints, while accessories consisted largely of the faux fur and embellished variety. That doesn't mean, however, that minimalism is out—in fact, we're only at the beginning of 2019, and the pared-back mood is proving more palpable than ever.
Instead of shopping frivolously and buying into every trend that surfaces, countless influencers have put their wardrobes back to factory settings, vowing to only buy classic pieces that'll stand the test of time. The likes of Acne Studios and Jil Sander have long reigned in this remit, but thanks to a handful of high-street brands, minimal fashion that's affordable and holds up in the quality stakes is significantly easier to come by.
Ume Romaan wears a pair of cropped trousers from COS.
This skirt will look the after dark part with a silk camisole and battered gold earrings.
Use these hoops to jazz up grey cashmere.
The patent finish on this crossbody makes it feel super modern.
Who said minimalists can't embrace prints?
Elevate any updo with this metal comb.
Forgo tan in favour of dive grey cords.
Lilac is still going strong for S/S 19.
Make velvet work post–party season by keeping silhouettes boxy.
Just think of the layering potential this midi dress holds.
Fussy accessories may be a no-go, but this leather belt will look chic tied over your favourite blazer.
Brittany Bathgate wears a coat from Arket.
Acetate sunglasses are an integral part of any minimalist's uniform.
It's the small design details that really matter, like the buttons that feature on this knit's collar.
These trousers come in a plethora of colours.
Clean lines and buttery-soft leather—that's Arket's minimalist approach to footwear.
Throw this coat over jeans and a plain white tee for the ultimate off-duty ensemble. Vejas, optional.
Harrington jackets are a fast-track to cool.
You'll find countless occasions to wear this classic Oxford shirt.
Pink clothes needn't be extra—just look for simple cuts with zero flounces or ruffles.
This green hue will go with everything from tan and burgundy to acid yellow and white.
Wear with black ankle boots and a belted coat now, then your favourite slide sandals and jute tote bag come spring.
Alexis Foreman wears a knit from Weekday.
Wear with an oversized white shirt and chunky loafers for the ideal office attire.
You can never go wrong with a hair of huggy hoops.
When it comes to faux-fur coats, look for short piles that won't detract from the rest of your paired-back vibe.
This cobalt hue will look gorgeous set against any skin-tone and hair colour.
Snap up the matching skirt for no-stress dressing.
A yellow knit will breathe new life into black culottes or blue straight-leg jeans.
No wardrobe is complete without a striped tee, and Weekday has some of the best.
Boiler suits were all the rage towards the latter of 2018, and they're proving to be key this season.
Weekday's lingerie has garnered quite the cult status…
… thanks to its comfort and clean lines.