Simple, neutral, sometimes a bit avant-garde. Minimalism is dominating our social media screens, and shaping our creative outlets to redefine what constitutes as artistic. Art can now take the shape of a lonesome footstool by a sheet of white walls and be understood as a concept. As a result of the popularization of the neutral aesthetic, minimalist fashion has been allowed to diverge into multitudes of style variations and continue to be understood as minimalism. I have defined this typology into four categories: High Street, Active/Casual, Posh, and Artist; however, these categories are just a loose reference to gain a better understanding of the variety!
High Street fashion tends to already be quite minimalist at its core. Which is why it tops this list of styles. Many High Street minimalists tend to abide by the Parisian principle of investment in few, but good quality items. A couple solid blazers, pea coats, and trousers tend to be the norm. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with different cuts, patterns, and embellishments to get a more modern, yet still professional feel. In this case I imitated the oversized trend we’ve been seeing on the runway into something more wearable. If you’re worried about turning heads, sticking to neutral tones like black, white, grey, brown, or navy, can bring your outfit down to a palatable level.
Over the past few years, activewear has been worn far beyond their use value to become day-to-day streetwear. The beauty of activewear is that it’s easy to style and it can keep you comfortable. Of course, the minimalist wave has adopted activewear which has expanded into a huge following. You’ve seen it all over your social media, popular sports brands styled with joggers, high socks, and maybe a layered hoodie. A common theme with minimalist sportswear is a loyalty to black and white.
This style is probably your best bet for a medium between the first two looks. The Posh style is the type of minimalist you would probably see sipping a latte in a hidden coffee ship with their nose tucked into a copy of Hemmingway. Their style is casual enough for an afternoon tea, but clean enough to meet the relatives. Posh minimalists stick to timeless pieces, and are one of the few that frequently stray from the usual black and white palette. However, I would recommend, like all the looks, to adhere to a neutral spectrum.
I understand this is a vague term, but bear with me. This next look I refer to as the “Artist”, mostly for a lack of a better term, but also because it is a bit more of a playful style than the prior. This is the type of minimalist that is too creative to limit themselves to the few quality items the High Street minimalist wears, and tends to lean towards a trendier side. The two can be differentiated best if you think of High Street minimalists as loyalists to smart and professional pieces, and the Artist minimalists as a bit more experimental. This style of minimalism also tends to have a more youthful vibe without sacrificing professionalism.