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.