The drive to pare back our world to only the important elements is something most of us feel within, as ditching the extra frills and unnecessary thrills can be liberating whether it’s in our personal life, work or in what we wear. So when it comes to minimizing your fashion wardrobe, draw inspiration from Scandi street style, classic brands and these effortless looks!
#1 Simplistic Stripes
Breton stripes are forever in our hearts as an ultimate favourite. Working the stripes, whether it’s a t-shirt dress or long sleeve top, is an excellent way to do minimalism with detail. Ooh la la!
#2 Waterfall Jacket
A nude waterfall jacket looks timeless and dressy for work, events or casual outings. Even with the most basic of outfits, it looks like you’ve made an effort but still have a very neutral, stripped back look.
#3 The Basic Tee
Your ideal wardrobe should contain a couple of basic t-shirts, as these really are essentials for everyday wear. Get a white, black and grey tee as they never go out of style and can be worn with almost everything. ASOS does multipacks if you want affordable and good quality picks.
#4 Dungarees For Adults
Just because you’re now adulting the hell out of life doesn’t mean you can’t wear dungarees. Layering them with a cosy sweater, a bodysuit or a breton tee always looks very fashion forward and thought out as an outfit, yet it’s comfy and pretty basic to throw on! The metallic buckle detail on this pair adds to the minimalist style.
#5 Oversized Cut Suit
Having an oversized, well cut two-piece in your wardrobe will be a surefire hit! The robe style cut is particularly minimalist, so go for it in either white, black or grey for a standout minimal look. The clash of slouchy and suited makes a very modern, slinky look.
#6 Boiler Babes
Need fashion servicing? Boiler suits are essentially jumpsuits in a loose fitting shape, usually with long sleeves. The practical origins of the boiler suit make it a key choice for the minimalist girl. Khaki, denim and navy are our favourite choices when it comes to dressing as a boiler babe!
#7 All White Everything
Nothing looks as clean as an all white outfit. Keeping it all to one colour cuts down on any matching worries, and white looks so fresh whether it’s in the dead heat of summer or mirroring the snowy days of winter.
#8 Slip It On
Little slips à la the 90’s are back on trend. Layering them with a polo neck, long sleeve top and boots will give you that Clueless vibe in a more modern way. What’s noteworthy about the slip dress is it looks put together and girly but still basic enough to make it look effortless for everyday.
#9 GAP 90’s Reprised
GAP are onto something this season with their reprisal of the 90’s brand aesthetic. Naomi Campbell is the face of the movement, so just think of those classic 90’s denim mom jeans in a faded wash, high-waisted denim shorts and basic tees! Well, this proves it is easy to splurge on basics then…
#10 Be a Camel Cutie
Go for either a trench coat or a heavy coat in camel or beige tones in order to attain that perfect neutral wardrobe. If you feel a black or grey coat is too drab for you, especially on top of a monotone outfit, and white is too hard to maintain, then trust us, camel is your hero colour.
#11 Fifty Shades of Grey
Don’t be afraid to wear all grey everything, it’s a common misconception that this will make you look drab and drained. In fact, slate grey can lift the natural warmth in your skin, and looks great when paired with white in particular. Go for white Keds, or a white handbag for contrast.
#12 Half-Dressed Up, Half-Dressed Down
Style nowadays is far more up to personal interpretation than it ever was before. The merging of dressy outfits with dress down style came to the forefront of fashion in the last few years particularly, with oversized knits paired with midi and maxi skirts and dresses in street style and on the runway.
#13 Peekaboo Lace and Camis
Camis give that ‘I woke up like this’ slouchy sexy feel to an outfit and are a basic essential component in every girl’s wardrobe as much as the basic tee. Pair with a chunky cardigan to make the summer vibes look more wearable in spring, autumn or winter. Pair with a lace bralette underneath as a nod to that underwear as outerwear trend.
#14 Denim Daze
How ‘Stockholm in Summer’ is this look? Denim can be done so many ways as this illustrates perfectly. Oversized dresses in denim-look material is softer than monochrome if you want to break it up, and is a surprising match made in heaven with camel, like this ring detail handbag.
#15 Sleeve Saviour
Workwear doesn’t always mean you’re limited to long suits and midi skirts. If your workplace is more casual, or less restrictive as to what is business appropriate style, then experiment with short trousers. A tucked in monochrome top can be given more intrigue with sleeve detail.
#16 Bodysuit Believer
Another relatively new addition to the basics is the bodysuit… Or maybe a return to the basics, given they were a staple back in the 70’s until the early 90’s. They only disappeared for a bit before returning with a bang, and hopefully are to stay. Pair with high-waisted denim in a light or mid wash for an Americana style.
#17 Keds Kid
Once reserved for skater kids back in the 90’s, Keds are here to stay for those who wish to be comfortable while keeping clean-cut monochrome in mind. To master the minimal look, pair Keds with the unexpected as well as the obvious basics – e.g. wear them with an otherwise formal look.
#18 Turtleneck Number
This winter the Danish ‘hygge’ lifestyle of comfort and cosiness has been a massive trend. Incorporate this into your wardrobe with high neck knits, throwing them over anything and everything. Minimalist fashion always has elements of practicality and comfort!
#19 I Mean Business
Blur the lines of business wear and casual wear as much as you can. Just as ‘business appropriate’ doesn’t have to mean sticking to the one standard work outfit, you don’t have to cut out smart, tailored trousers and jackets outside work hours. Tailored trousers are something that will look good with any top, and give that menswear edgy vibe you may be curious about.
#20 Low Key Leather
Leather skirts are another staple to invest in. In particular, high-waisted leather skirts that are long enough to wear team with a shirt for the working week is a great way to reinvent office wear. The ‘cool girl’ wardrobe always consists of a leather skirt and jacket, though rarely worn together unless you want to go all out biker chic!
#21 Maxi Life
This maxi skirt borders between hippy chic and Scandi minimalism due to its light material, button up detail and monochrome stripes. The pocket detail adds to the practical side of minimalist fashion. How often would we wear this maxi skirt and basic tee together? Every. Single. Day. Somebody stop us.
#22 Elegant Outings
This outfit proves minimalism doesn’t mean curbing yourself when it comes to any colour. Muted tones and pastels can also form beautifully low key looks, once the cut is relaxed. Belted detail is another way to give that practicality inherent in minimalism, while also giving form to an oversized outfit.