I can’t recall where I have heard this statement, but let me share it with you: “Dressing up in a minimal style is way more difficult than with colors, prints or extravagant patterns”. Many of us practice “easy” minimalism. When simple pieces fail to achieve The Look, we add some prints. When black and white seem bland, we add a little color or pattern, such as a jacket with embroidery details. In art as in fashion, true minimalism is about pared-down design. As Antoine de Saint Exupéry (author of The Little Prince) once said, “Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is nothing else to take away.”
Creating a striking look by stripping to the essentials is a bigger challenge than one imagines. Master this “art”, you will be able to put together a dapper outfit even with basics. I have been experimenting with the minimal style for several years. Here’s what I have learned.
Give priority to cuts as they are the strongest defining feature of the minimal look. Sharp, neat and slick cuts give distinctive shape and structure. One could describe the minimal look as the architecture of clothes!
Stay with a neutral palette or seek uniformity in colors. It doesn’t mean you should avoid all vivid colors. A red turtleneck top is totally fine. However, keep it ultra-edgy to avoid falling into the fanciful.
Originality comes from the details. The more subtle, the better. For example, the ends of my jeans are cut. They look nicer and lend an original edge over regular seams or rough cuffs.
What are your observations and tips on the minimal look?
Zara shoes & coat
Cheap Monday jeans
Gucci vintage bag