he magic of minimalism is found in the traits it evokes; elegance, confidence and authority. The beauty of simplicity is not just the style of a minimal outfit but also in the authenticity it conveys; how we can see a person for who they really are – and what they are capable of – when their clothes aren’t a distraction. Once exclusively linked to Japanese aesthetics and Nordic interior design, a minimalist wardrobe highlights the value of quality over quantity, paying homage to Marie Kondo’s ‘KonMari’ method of tidying. Aside from removing the occasional burden of excessive accessories and embellishment, a minimalist wardrobe can whittle down-time spent dressing in the morning and saving precious time one has alone before the working day. The key is to opt for striking silhouettes and luxurious details to bring the focus of the quality and structure of the garment centre stage. From a staple dress made from the finest silk to a well-cut power suit that needs no adorning, master the art of a minimal wardrobe with these four chic looks.
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Dress It Up
As is always the case, the devil is in the details. A well-cut dress is an investment worth making, uniting style and versatility into one convenient mid-week solution. Emilie Vidal Carr’s Emilia dress combines minimal style with a colour that makes a statement. The elegant folded collar and capped sleeves keep the focus on the cut whilst letting the striking shade of royal blue stand as the centre of attention. Wear with Lucy Choi’s Ruby Pink Snake Heels and trade in the expansive size of your work tote for a simple clutch, such as Allegra London’s Grey Python Envelope Clutch. Three clean shapes to make an unbeatable trio and reducing clutter in the process results in the perfect combination to tackle the chaos of a Monday morning.
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Black On Black
A pillar of a simple wardrobe that offers little variety in shade, black gives a minimalist outfit depth and substance. Texture is the nemesis as too much can create the illusion of detail and embellishment so keep this set simple. Stefanie Renoma’s Perfect Tuxedo Jacket elevates black to its most elegant rendition, thanks to its sumptuous satin lapels and matt-crepe fabric, highlighting the stylish cut of the jacket. Drape it over Emile Vidal Carr’s Erica Dress to frame the asymmetric lapel detail and elongated skirt and add a dash of colour served on a classic shoe shape such as Lucy Choi’s Lovell Heels, to complete the streamline style.
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Make It Match
A set designed together makes up the foundations of a minimalist wardrobe. THISISNON’s Raw Silk Dress embodies the modern aesthetic with its three-quarter length sleeves, a high neckline and oversized, voluptuous shape; creating a piece that can be thrown on with ease and worn with anything. Pair it with THISISNON’s Raw Silk Blazer to compliment the piece perfectly and finish with House of Demu’s Fenestra Pearl Necklace and Lucy Choi’s Whitehall Shoes for subtle details without too much fuss.
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Carefully selected separates are the key to working wardrobe longevity. The classic white shirt and its feminine cousin, the white silk blouse, are some of the core pieces in investing in office separates. Viktoria Chan’s Oversized Classic White Shirt is a simple and modern interpretation of the office classic, with subtle accents to elevate the design. Tucked into a timeless pencil skirt, like EmmaJane Knight’s Cashmere Pencil Skirt, the beauty of this simple ensemble will fend off excessive embellishments on its own accord. Finish the look with statement bag such as Linda Sieto’s Tar Black Satchel. A graphic piece that focuses on structure rather than style, the folded leather pockets and abstractly-cut shape adds a dash of something different to your work-wear ensemble, with the promise of premium practicality on the go.
Words by Minerva Jaquier