Minimalistic fashion has been big business ever since the recession hit. Style-conscious people—be they designer, stylist, buyer or, quite simply, avid shopper—suddenly realised that solid, classic investment pieces were the best idea around.
If you were to reference one creative who really spearheaded a new wave of minimalism to fuel the concept (a more exciting version in comparison to the stark looks of the '90s), it would have to be Phoebe Philo at Céline. Right in the middle of the economic dip, Philo's vision of pared-back luxury was bucking the earlier trend for really "seasonal" that dated so easily.
Her vision was so effective that LVMH (the company that owns Céline) even revealed record profits for the French fashion house in 2013. Even now, we're in the middle of a very OTT time, but that look—minimal but never boring—remains a chic and constant presence on the streets. And now S/S 17's host of new collections proves there's a new "simple" look in town, and we know just how to do it.
Keep scrolling to see which designers are doing the new minimalist fashion.
The idea behind the new minimalism—let's call it post-minimalism—revolves around simple throw-on pieces that actually aren't simple at all to design and produce. Think of a shift dress, but make it out of fine-pleated and ultra-luxe fabric, wrap it tight with a matching belt, grab a giant leather bag and choose everything in a pale balletic pink, rather than monochrome. This isn't an entirely print-free, frill-free zone: There are plenty of creative ways you can tap into minimalist fashion.
Keep scrolling to see some minimalist outfits in action, and then shop the new minimalist fashion pieces available now.
Style Notes: Street style favourite Kate Foley makes a minimalist dress feel fresh, thanks to the puffed sleeves and the ties hanging loose. Her classic high-top Vans and the J.W.Anderson Pierce bag make the white frock shine out even more.
Style Notes: Khaki trousers are boring by themselves, but the paperbag-waist detail makes them much more exciting.
Style Notes: Ankle boots in a suede material give off a luxe look, but the beige still keeps this true to the minimalist trend.
Style Notes: When investing in pale pieces, look for ruffles and interesting details such as ruched shoulders to make your outfit a more luxe affair.
Style Notes: We know that the classic white, black and khaki all go together well, but opt for oversize lengths and necklines that draw the eye.
Style Notes: Where two worlds collide: minimalistic fashion and athleisure. The pleats in this camel-coloured pair of trousers is a smarter detail and the high-necked top makes it much chicer. Add a simple white coat and a pair of black heels to finish it off.
Style Notes: Investing in a classic trench is just good sense; it immediately makes any ensemble feel more expensive.
Style Notes: As per usual, OP does this trend without making it seem likes she's trying. Although she's usually one for the clashing print (and rather adept she is at that too), this simple jumper dress and tailored jacket look just as glamorous as her usual getup.
Style Notes: It's not just khaki that's having a moment. Muted greys will also work, as seen on Helena Bordon. If you really want to add a touch of colour to your minimalistic palette, then go for a bold scarf.
Style Notes: All-beige everything is one way to do this trend. Puncture any whiff of mundanity with dark shoes and a bright clutch.
Style Notes: When shopping for this trend, the key is to find interesting pieces that don't scream "look at me." Case in point: this tie-waist jacket. Leave it open for a laissez-faire approach.
Throw over everything and anything in your closet.
One to wear for that brunch you've got coming up.
Say hello to your new favourite summer jacket.
Olivia Palermo loves a sleeveless roll-neck.
That eyelet detail is what makes this super minimalist but still exciting.
Where the athleisure and minimalist fashion trends combine forces.
If you don't have a white shirt that you love in your wardrobe, we need to have words.
Yet more proof that you can never go wrong with Céline.
Layer this over a white shirt.
Less granny, more chic.
How to do tailoring with the minimalistic trend.
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