Now That You're Sold on Minimalist Fashion, Here's How to Wear It

Sometimes the words "minimal" and "boring" can get thrown around together. But in this editor’s opinion, they don’t have to be related. In fact, minimalist fashion can be just as cool and inspiring as more ornate looks.

The trick to making minimal outfits look elevated is following a few key rules. First, don’t be afraid of color. If you stick to streamlined silhouettes, bold solid colors like fuchsia and chartreuse can easily fit within a minimalist wardrobe. Next, fit is important. Something as simple as a white T-shirt can look surprisingly different depending on the cut. And lastly, choose just a few accessories. Adding one or two pieces—like simple toe-cap slingbacks or flat-top sunglasses—can add dimension to your outfit without feeling too overdone. Want to see how fashion girls are wearing minimal outfits?

Keep reading to see seven minimal outfit formulas fashion girls swear by and then shop pieces inspired by their looks.

Suit + Loafers

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Try wearing a suit in a solid color. Instead of black, try something like light pink or white, both of which feel very modern.

Long Dress + Slingbacks

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Pair a long lightweight dress with slingbacks for a casual look that's also office-appropriate.

Black shades are key to pulling off the minimalist look.

Minimal doesn't have to be boring. Choose bold colors like fuchsia to make a statement.

Use the crossbody strap or the geometric ring to carry this Chloé bag—you decide!

Camisole + Trousers

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Go bold with strong colors.

Blouse + Tailored Pants

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Add streamlined accessories like wire-frame glasses and a bucket bag to a blouse and jeans.

T-Shirt + Skirt + Mules

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A simple T-shirt can look elevated when paired with a skirt and mules. Stick to one color for a streamlined look.

Available in sizes 4 to 12. 

This slip skirt is great for the office.

Available in sizes 36 to 41. 

White shoes can lighten any look.

Oversize Top + Jeans

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Play with volume. An oversize button-down top paired with jeans adds dimension to a minimal outfit.

Available in sizes 38 to 39.

Perfect to pair with straight-leg jeans.

Next, read about the brand every French girl will be wearing this summer.