I remember flicking through fashion magazines as a teenager and becoming convinced that the only acceptable way to navigate summer as a stylish woman was to become this vision of bohemianism—floor-grazing linen dresses, suede fringing, peasant blouses and gladiator sandals were the It pieces at the time. One would drift from music festival to music festival, all the while keeping those cream espadrilles in pristine condition. I blame Sienna Miller.
It took me far longer than I'd care to admit to realise that, in fact, this is not a style persona that works for me (no matter how many embroidered smock dresses I buy). I just like tailoring too much. However, it was when I ventured into a COS store that everything clicked into place. While I'll never be a complete fashion purist, there was something about the brand's simplicity and clean-lined minimalism that made everything feel so damn chic and high-end.
As luck would have it, this season has seen a spike in minimalistic style, with influencers forgoing the look-at-me aesthetic that proliferated in 2018 and instead opting for unprinted shirtdresses, simple slips and voluminous smocks. Everywhere from ASOS to Arket are embracing the "less is more" approach, and this is great news for people like me who aren't inspired by boho or drawn in by ditsy florals. If this rings true for you too, scroll down to see and shop my minimalistic dress edit and see how influencers are wearing theirs.
Style Notes: If you're wanting something a little more interesting than the standard cotton offerings, try a leather mini layered over a white shirt.
Style Notes: Slip dresses are the perfect combination of simple and sultry. Make it daytime-ready with sneakers and a blazer.
Shop Our Minimalistic Dress Edit
Joseph soups-up the shirt dress with this linen number.
ASOS White is so good for minimalistic dresses.
I've been eyeing this smock dress for weeks now. It comes in black, too.
This nipped-in style will be super flattering on pear-shaped bodies.
This is one for the summer holidays.
Black is no longer reserved for winter.
All this needs is Velcro sandals and a raffia bag.
This smock dress is such a bargain.
Wear by itself or layered over a white tee.
All our fave influencers—including Slip Into Style—own this dress.
The thin straps on this pleated midi are so elegant.
A tiered minidress feels expensive when styled with gold chunky jewellery.
Simple yet oh-so-effective.
We can't believe this is from ASOS either.
This is great for both work and play.
The linen fabric will keep you cool in the summer heat.
Looking for a minimalistic wedding guest dress? Look no further.
The asymmetric silhouette of this crepe midi is to die for.
Wear alone with sandals or over jeans if it's cooler.
Another tiered number, but this time in a flattering aubergine shade.
A Theory shirtdress will last season after season.
A new minimalist brand to watch.