What Is Minimalist Fashion (and How Can You Adopt It)

Minimalism is known for simple structures and neutral palette that can be classy and timeless. The ‘less is more’ approach is the goal of minimalism, so you may think of sheaths, plain shirts, and pants with the bare minimum in accessories, but it’s more than that. If you love the principles around minimalism, but love color and variety as well, keep on reading for our guidelines on how to wear a minimalist look.

Minimalist fashion is about focusing on quality over quantity.

leather trousers with chiffon blouse slip dress with gray coat sailor blazer with flared pants

Minimalist fashion focuses on a few key pieces that can make you still look stylish and functional. Like fashion blogger Sara Donaldson, you may think of a sailor blazer teamed with flared pants that give a great contour and structure to your shape, or even a slip dress teamed with a gray coat that look trendy at the same time timeless.

Start with the tried and true basics.

jeans with turtleneck sweater

jogger pants with white tee and lace up flats

Your wardrobe is only as good as the number of outfits you can pair it with. To have variety you need the basics that can be versatile enough to create multiple looks. Though minimalist fashion tends to be black and white because they go with everything, you can still opt for camel and brown hues if they match your skin undertones. Whatever your basics are, picking enough combinations can make getting dressed easy.

Focus on looks and outfits that work for you.

black slip dress with ankle strap sandals white tee with slit skirt

Minimalist fashion may be known for simple and elegant structures but that doesn’t mean you have to go boxy all the time. Is there a cut that you feel great in or a fabric you love wearing? Incorporate it to your style that will make your looks more personal and make you feel great. Like fashion blogger Sara Donaldson, you may think of a white tee teamed with a slit maxi skirt that can be great for an effortless look on your casual weekends. Or, simply resort to a black pair of jogger pants teamed with a white tee to give your jeans a break.

Focus on timeless looks over fashion trends.

little black dress with gray coat white pants with minimalist top

Minimalist style is timeless so forget about what’s in and out. Your focus should be on creating a style that is not necessarily on trend but always in style. Remember, trends are cyclical and fashion industries are built around making you lust for the latest thing. Wearing your little black dress with a gray coat, or teaming your white pants with a black top can be chic enough to wear the minimalist style while keeping your looks timeless like Sara Donaldson did.

Break the rules and have fun with your tastes and looks.

sporty cool outfit with sneakers oversized sweater with pants crop pants with ruffled sleeved blouse

Avoid firmly defining yourself in one type of style as you may find yourself caught between different styles. If you’re not sure what works best, break it down to the elements. Like fashion blogger Sara Donaldson, you may change up your looks by wearing a ruffled, frilly, white top with your black pants instead of a traditional button down shirt. Or, opt for an oversized black sweater that will add some trendy vibe to your looks while keeping it minimal. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to get that minimal look while staying true to your personal style.

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