From Comme des Garçons’ gender-neutral designs in the ’80s to Calvin Klein’s ’90s championing of clean lines and neutral palettes, the state of minimalism has always ebbed and flowed with the change of social tides. A present-day click through any street style gallery shows that modern minimalism wears a slightly different face than in years past. Thanks to style anomalies like normcore, the reemergence of ’90s-inspired shapes and brands (we’re talking to you, Levi’s), and designers like Phoebe Philo and the Olsens who have effortlessly finessed the term, this stripped-down look feels aspirational in every sense of the word.
So what are the “new rules,” so to speak? Great fabrics, immaculate tailoring, and interesting proportions are all characteristic of this new wave of classicism. Scroll down for examples of how to achieve the look, and stock up on our favorite minimalist essentials at the end!
A white-on-white outift lays the groundwork for a minimalist look.
Subtle texture contrasts, like silk with ribbed knit, lend themselves to an on-point monochromatic outfit.
Skip the detailing and opt for clean lines.
Invest in a luxe tunic that you can wear with trousers and longer skirts.
Pick pieces that allude to an architectural influence.
Create unexpected proportion play to instantly elevate your ensemble.
Wondering how accessories come into play? A simple choker does the trick.
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