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Few trends boast the staying power of minimalism. Minimalist fashion isn’t just a passing fad—it represents an entire sartorial mindset. Minimalism is about paring down your closet to its basics, creating a capsule wardrobe full of essentials and pairing those go-to’s every which way until you have a whole host of easy outfits at your disposal. It’s fashion in its most efficient form: Your closet is there to compliment you, not to make a statement.
Our collective affinity for minimalism hit full swing several years ago and it has remained unendingly strong ever since. I mean, I don’t think I’ll ever have too many pairs of fresh white sneakers in my wardrobe! And white T-shirts? They’re essential! Though maximalism has become popular in the street style and home decor spheres, it hasn’t thwarted minimalism’s overwhelming appeal. I will never not be down to style a few neutrals into a sleek, versatile ‘fit.
The issue is: Appreciating minimalist fashion and integrating it into your day-to-day routine are two very, very different things. The latter actually requires effort! You have to Kondo the hell out of your closet, build that aforementioned capsule wardrobe and then come up with enough combinations to carry you through. And just when you think you’ve achieved the perfect low-key outfit situation, something—some event, some inspo pic, something—will make you realize you totally neglected to stock up on some basic pieces that are essential in your pared-down wardrobe.
The best way to figure out what you need to shop for? Determining what you actually want to wear. And the easiest way to make that happen is to check out all the minimalist outfit inspiration you can get your hands on, which is exactly why I’ve assembled a visual guide to all of the best minimalist fashion outfits I’ve ever laid eyes on, courtesy of the ever-so-trendy fashion street style set. Read on to check out a few of my personal favorite ‘fits.
Layering black-on-black feels instantly cool and fresh when you incorporate luxurious textures like leather.
When in doubt, pair wide-leg jeans with a cropped T-shirt. It’s a match made in fashion heaven.
Layering a tan trench over coordinating wide-leg trousers and a cropped tank is the ideal off-duty look.
You can’t ever go wrong with a pair of jeans, some classic black boots and a polished blazer! Bonus points for a little headware.
A two-tone jumpsuit makes it look like you put a ton of effort into your look, even if you didn’t.
When in doubt, go for the white sweater dress.
A white-on-white ensemble always says, “I am laid-back, yet insanely put-together.” It’s a huge flex, IMO.
A fitted white tank instantly makes formal brown trousers feel more weekend-appropriate.
A great white suit works for either day or night. Style it with a bright pair of heels for a pop of color.
A longline blazer instantly makes a simple jeans-and-a-tee outfit feel a little more polished. Long live light layers!
Leather pants can work in the daytime. Simply style with low-key basics like roughed-up sneakers and simple tanks.
Styling a femme mini dress with rugged knee-high boots makes for an edgy-yet-sweet combo every time.
Don’t be afraid to wear two loose-fitting pieces together! Styling an oversized button-up with wide-leg trousers works when you accessorize with dainty accessories like a mini bag and strappy sandals.
A black puff-sleeved midi dress is a year-round wardrobe essential. A clean pair of white pumps makes it feel more warm-weather appropriate, but a pair of chunky combat boots would work equally well in the fall and winter.
Tonal dressing all about wearing more than one shade of the same hue. Layering a camel blazer with cream-colored jeans is the secret to achieving that easy French girl je ne sais quoi.
Mixing softer pieces like this pastel blue maxi skirt with a structured menswear-inspired blazer makes for a tailored outfit with a femme twist.
Bermuda shorts aren’t just for the summer! Choose a pair that’s made from dark leather and accessorize with a pair of dad sneakers for contrast.
I love a well-tailored suit, but oversized versions are seriously trending, so one of each per wardrobe is a good call.
Converse have been a fashion-set favorite for years now. Why? Because they make pieces like this otherwise-formal dress feel relaxed enough to wear during the day.
There’s just something about a girly sandal paired with an oversized blazer and trousers that never gets old.
The boxier the silhouette, the better! Slicked-back hair and minimal accessories make dresses like these feel casual.