Minimalists prefer environments and clothing that are clean, neat, and uncluttered. Essentially, it is a style with little or no colour variation and even fewer regulations of a particular shape or silhouette.
Minimalism used to be criticised for its lack of inventiveness, sterility, and everything-looks-the-same kind of vibe, despite its less-is-more approach to style. However, when done right, minimalism simplifies your life while providing you with comfort and a look that says you’re serious, simple, easy-going and nonetheless fashionable and good looking.
Athleisure in Minimalism
Minimalists walk the fine line between functional sportswear and elegance. The predominantly white and black, with nylon-y parkas and neoprene sweaters laid over cotton-poly blend jogger trousers is one way to go. The crucial footwear for this style is mesh and tech-y monochrome runners.
Then there’s vintage sports-inspired: royal blue cuffed track pants with a prep-ish grey marl sweater and subtle logo print – the luxury elevated by high-quality textiles like loopback cotton and cashmere. Retro-coloured men’s lace up sneakers complement this style, which by the way, can be one of the most useful pieces in your modern yet minimalist wardrobe.
The Colours of The Minimalists
While minimalists avoid print and patterns (as well as bright rainbow tones), there is potential for colour experimentation. The minimalist’s colour pallet consists mostly of black, brown, navy, grey, and white. After all, minimalism is all about simplicity.
One of the newest approaches to the minimalist style is choosing items that match with only a very tiny difference in tonality. It might be a look that incorporates three different versions of khaki from head to toe.
There is Still Room for Experimentation
Minimalists make the most of their outfits by experimenting with their shape, silhouette, or cut. This means that the major stylistic rules are relaxed and therefore the proportions and materials can be experimented with.
Cropped lengths, boxy forms, and oversized or longline silhouettes are examples of this. There are also flowy, drapey forms and crisp, asymmetric cutting. The shape is essentially a free-for-all with proportional balancing.
There is Plenty of Texture to Choose From
The texture is the aesthetic finish and ‘feel’ of garments that may be viewed visually in an outfit. Contrasting fabric kinds, thicknesses, and washes are the finest ways to add interest to a one or two colour look in minimalism. Denim is a terrific way to add texture richness (and colour) to an outfit, whilst wool knits (waffle, cable) and leather jackets provide textural depth.
Cotton, on the other hand, is king, and unlike the other textiles, it may be worn all over. Simply alter the weight of the components. Finally, consider clean-cut pieces, high-quality materials, and items with minimal detailing.
Minimalist T-Shirts Are a Must-Have
One of the simplest ways to look like a minimalist requires only two items (that you almost certainly already own): a t-shirt and tailored trousers. Voila! That’s all. Monochrome — black and white — is a chic way to pull off this James Dean style, with a white tee and dark-coloured trousers.
This season, all-over light neutrals are also popular. Fashionistas are always taking it a step further by matching their footwear and hat in the same colours. This style upgrade is most noticeable in the streetwear arena, thanks to Kanye’s Yeezy collection, but it easily converts to a sophisticated casual appearance.
You Too Will Need a Leather Jacket
In minimalism, traditional rock looks are a little more refined. Jackets are less ornamented — free of patches and insignia – with only minimum metallic hardware like zips and press studs exposed for a clean finish. The simple t-shirt is fitting and fresh, with white brightening up all that black.
Are you wearing jeans? Allow the shirt to hang normally. If you’re a more rakish rocker, a tee tucked into cotton pants, leather boots foregone for (you guessed it) white low cut shoes.
Traditionalists should start with a layer of one base colour, such as black — black jeans, a black t-shirt, and some black boots. Then, layer another neutral-coloured piece on top, such as a denim jacket.
How to Dress Up for Formal Events
When it comes to tailoring, a pristine, white cotton shirt is a must-have. White and off-white go well together for summer separates. Alternatively, for a neutral appearance, pair a basic white t-shirt or polo with a cream blazer and blue wool-cotton pants. Finish with brown loafers or lace-ups instead of black, and skip the belt.
Tonality is essential. To balance things out, wear a mid-toned khaki jacket with somewhat darker khaki pants and a lighter khaki basic tee. Take it a step further by including complementing accessories in comparable tones. When the temperature drops, ditch the shirt entirely, opting for a roll neck in a darker tone than the suit for some frontal openness.
Two-piece suits with a notch lapel and slim jacket look terrific, allowing for a roomier trouser with a cropped hem for a more modern style. Not a fan of leather vogue shoes on the weekends? Just put on your men’s lace up sneakers and you’re good to go.
Always Consider Your Personal Style First
Before you can start developing a minimalist wardrobe, you must first figure out your style. What items do you find yourself reaching for over and over? What are some of your closet staples? Any men’s ankle boots you don’t know how to style yet? Is there anything you simply cannot live without even though you want to clean up your closet and start over?
Once you’ve identified your stalwarts, you may begin to consider your overall personal style. Do you like solid colours or patterns? What colours do you find appealing? Suits or gym clothes? What do you have the most faith in? It’s also important to consider your everyday necessities and the dress code required by your workplace and social life.