Look into any street style gallery and you'll be sure to find ample photos of minimalist outfits.
Although I wouldn’t call myself a strict “minimalist,” I have applied the minimalist concept to most of my wardrobe. Modern minimalism has taken on new shapes and forms, but the definition of “less is more” is the basic foundation that shapes minimalism today. With such saturation of the aesthetic in a burgeoning market, what is true minimalism, is it for you and where can you find minimalist outfit inspiration?
Minimalist Fashion Outfits: My Personal Style
I started off my minimalist journey by trying to purge my closet and keep about 30 items – how miserably I failed at that was apparent. Although I did significantly (and successfully) purge most of my wardrobe, I realized my aesthetic lied in color scheme as well as trend versus classic.
This is my basic color scheme – blush, white, black and gray. Neutrals are my favorite colors to play with because they allow me to incorporate other fun elements such as camel, leopard print, plaid and an occasional pop of color when I’m feeling bold. When it comes to the new wave of minimalism, I consider the following to be the new guidelines:
- Bold cuts and shapes
- Great fabrics
- Tailoring and proportions
This gray Zara wool coat has been my winter staple for two seasons now so I tend to build my daily outfits around it. When it comes to creating a simple but powerful wardrobe, pieces that are versatile, of great quality and interesting are the easiest way to adopt the minimalist style. I enjoy adding a vintage brooch, my fur stole or a great scarf to give my old coat a fresh spin.
Is Minimalist Fashion Even For You?
Nowadays, it’s so easy to get swept up into the ideology of minimalism, but it’s honestly not for everybody and that’s okay. I love bloggers such as Color Me Courtney and Song of Style who add beautiful colors and fabrics into their every day fashion choices. It is who they are and how they built their following – by being truly themselves.
So how do you know if minimalism is right for you? Honestly, it all comes down to lifestyle. I truly believe in the minimalist concept of less is more and I prefer basics to mix-and-match than colorful pieces you instantly recognize and therefore have to sparsely wear.
I have 3 long-sleeved white tee shirts I interchange throughout the winter. One is a crew neck, one V-neck and one a loose scoop neck. I also apply this concept to my gray and black shirts. I also almost exclusively wear black bottoms and these trousers are perfect to wear to the office with a blazer and button down or out for the night with a lace top.
Don’t forget to have fun with your accessories! I’m obsessed with my Anarchy Street Riri choker (use my discount code SITTINGPRETTY20 for $$ off, btw) and wear my Jeffrey Campbell loafers whenever I’m craving comfortable shoes. Choosing quality will help with the wear-and-tear walking around can have on your shoes.
Minimalist Fashion Outfits: Inspiration and Who I Follow
Like any woman, I get into my own mix of fashion ruts. Pinterest is great for fashion inspiration, but I love falling down the Instagram rabbit hole and finding authentic inspiration from real women. Below I listed my 5 favorite minimalist fashion bloggers. They all have different takes on minimalism and some don’t even consider themselves minimalist.
I love Eugenie’s simple and slightly goth style. Using darker hues, she keeps her concept constant.
I love Val’s blog. One of my really good friends (we met in college), she takes minimalist style and adds major sophistication to each post and look.
Style Me Grasie
I fell upon Grasie Mercedes’ Instagram when I was looking for more diversity in the blogosphere. There aren’t many top lifestyle bloggers who look like us (let’s be honest). I love the Cali-cool vibe mixed with the New York attitude that reflects in her clothing choices.
The Spicy Stiletto
One of my favorite blogs, I think Serena does an amazing job at defining new minimalism and her Instagram gives major inspo.
Classic in Gray
I enjoy Jessica’s blog, especially her Capsule Wardrobe section. Simple and sophisticated, her style captures minimalist fashion.
Finding personal style is a lot easier than you think. Hopefully this helps you figure out if minimalism (and what it is) is right for you. Until next time!