Understated and androgynous are two key words that come to mind when styling items in a minimalist fashion. Structure is integral and architectural shapes should never go amiss. Despite their simplicity, these factors should never be overlooked or downplayed.
- Savile Row tailoring has a huge influence on every minimalist look. This longline waistcoat embodies the glamour of women in mens tailoring. Paired with leather slip ons or mules and simple accessories, a determined look, in pursuit of luxury, is born.
- Pool slides, duster coats and Nike socks played came to the forefront of "alternative fashion" this summer. Despite this, I don't think that they should ever drop off of the radar. In all of their irony and awkwardness- they're fast on their way to becoming minimalist year-round staples. Add a fur collar and some white leather to texturise.
- As of late, I've found that there's an terrible amount of boyish charm to be found in a pairing of trainers and tailored trousers. It's like introducing an Upper-East-Side squire to a high school sports-fiend... it totally shouldn't work, but oddly enough, I think it does.
- There's a certain rock-glamour-Roxy-girl vibe about Kate Moss, and the way that long fur works with denim embodies just this. With sides of Chanel, structured leather, cat-eye glasses and coffee- boyfriend jeans make for the perfect off-duty staple.
- Mayfair and denim can work together, when styled with camel coats and black polo necks. Play around with lengths, such as bringing turn-ups way above the ankle, and offsetting this with mannish footwear.
- Acne sweaters and slouchy denim go hand-in-hand. Whether elevated by a platform boot or worn in a relaxed fashion, these are everyday-errand staples.
Wide-Leg and Tailored Trousers.
- As touched upon in a past post, neutral colours could help you along the way when experimenting with new shapes. Think loungewear luxe turned Grace Coddington. Add slip ons and try to minimise baggage for a statement everyday-comfort outfit.
- Give into the temptation to over-compromise for the simplicity of a plain white T. Use the simplicity of the top half as an excuse to add copious amounts of volume to the bottom half, and wild sides of texture.
- Stretch beyond the stereotypical "converse, jeans and sweater", by swapping tight denim for structured linen or silk. Raise the bar by coupling the look with a structured bag full of aesthetically pleasing essentials.
- Beatnik staples of horn-rimmed glasses and berets no-longer need to be paired with black polo necks and skinny jeans to be part of "the uniform". Stretch further afield with black structured leather, pocketed knits and heavy jewellery and shoes. Carry nothing with you, but the air of nonchalance and jazz-funded-intellect.
Ciao for now,