Mastering the Minimalist Look
Have you ever questioned how fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Sade gained such titles while wearing the simplest looks? These great names were able to master the minimalistic style type. “What exactly is minimalism?”, you may ask. In a nutshell, minimalism is the less is more, plain but powerful approach to style.
This particular fashion sense became popular as early as the 1960’s. Designers gained inspiration from the modernized art and architecture at the time. Clean styles, muted palettes, and geometrical silhouettes were transferred to clothing and many people essentially gravitated to the appeal. Today, the style has evolved but the influence remains. The home of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West is as minimal as it can get and you’ve most likely noticed some fashionistas channeling that exact aesthetic into their daily looks.
Now that you’ve learnt some history about minimalism in fashion, it’s only right I give you the run down on how to achieve it. Whether you’re someone wanting to switch up your own personal style or you’re already a minimalist seeking some creative tips and tricks to upgrade your wardrobe, this style guide is for you.
Before we dive into what the minimalist look encompasses, it must be mentioned that the first order of business is to do some major closet decluttering. When people think of minimalism, their first thought is that one’s closet probably has about ten plain pieces that they wear day in and day out but this is not true at all. When declutter is brought up to accomplish minimalism, fundamentally, it means letting go of all your brash and fussy pieces and securing your basics. These basics should not be ones that bore you but ones that are classic and timeless.
Closet decluttered, basics secured, now what? Well, now it is time to add garments that fit the style. Finding exactly what works and what doesn’t can be a hassle, especially if you’re not very familiar with minimalistic fashion details. Therefore, we are here to give some pointers to help you when looking and shopping:
Remember, with minimalism, you are trading in your overly trendy pieces for sophisticated staples. The goal isn’t to be fancy. In fact, it is to be simple and effortless. Try to stay away from pieces with ruffles, fussy embellishments or sequins. Instead, opt for textures like cotton and linen. Invest in chunky knits, jeans, trousers and tailored ensembles.
Another important element of the minimalist style is shaping. It is not very often people think about how much the form of a clothing piece plays a major role in style types but it is definitely the key to minimalism. Pick up apparel that are streamlined and straight. Additionally, items with a boxy frame are certainly must-haves. A-line skirts and dresses, shifts and padded shoulder pieces are the perfect wardrobe fillers to becoming a minimalist. You should select some oversized wear as well.
Lastly, focus on colors. Minimalism requires a small selection of color. The top hues are black, white, brown, nudes, grey, olive and navy. Sounds dull, I bet… but embrace it! That’s the magic behind minimalism. You’re able to make a statement while maintaining a clean color scheme. Less on patterns and more on undecorated attire. Contrary to popular belief, however, minimalists wear color too. Once you keep it solid and crisp, ideally going for a monochromatic look, you’re good to go.
Some of our favourite minimalist style influencers to follow are:
Here, we curated a few looks to give you some ideas for your next outfit:
Achieving the minimalist style takes consistency but it's not a complicated process at all. Once you stick to the script discussed above, we are almost certain you’ve reached your “we did it, Joe” moment! Don’t overthink it…. Better yet, don’t overdress. Keep it simple and pay keen attention to shapes, colors and textures.