Fashion Insiders Are All About '90s Minimalism—They're Wearing These Outfits Now

Sleek ponytails and pared-down separates? Yes, '90s minimalism is back, and surprise—fashion people are embracing it. The days of black and white Calvin Klein ads and Kate Moss Prada runways were simple yet so impactful that more than 20 years later, those same pieces that helped define the era are still highly sought after (it's not for nothing that Prada keeps releasing '90s re-edition bags). Designers from the Olsen twins to Peter Do and more have made the '90s a cornerstone within their brand aesthetic, majorly adopting grayscale colors and loose silhouettes.

But if you don't necessarily have the designer budget to go out and buy a closet full of vintage Helmut Lang or Jil Sander, the outfits below will help you master the style with pieces you likely already own. No eBay sleuthing or online bidding required. From the easy and effortless casual 'fit to formal ensembles and everything in between, keep scrolling for seven '90s-inspired minimalist looks from fashion insiders to re-create now.



Style Tip: Minimalism doesn't always mean plain button-downs and white tees. A fuzzy sweater in a solid color is one way to experiment with a toned-down color palette.



Style Tip: Since the return of ballet flats is upon us, here's one way to wear them. Tailored ankle-length pants offer a polished counterpoint to the youthfulness of the ballet flats.



Style Tip: A structured tweed jacket with loose trousers are great players for a sophisticated office look.

Style Tip: If you're looking to make the aesthetic a permanent part of your style, a silk slip dress is key. Go for a maxi length for a more elegant take.

Style Tip: With '90s minimalism, the driving point is well-fitting basics. White and khaki is a combination that always works—use strong and elevated accessories to round out the separates.

Style Tip: It's worth investing in one impactful coat to wear all season over your multitude of basics. It'll uplift everything you style with it and be the centerpiece of each outfit.

Style Tip: Designers like Saint Laurent and Khaite have embraced the sweetheart neckline. It's an interesting detail for simple knits that add a touch of subtle romance.