The Minimalist Guide To Style

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The minimalist trend is tricky—at first thought, dressing in sleek separates seems easy when really it’s a challenge to make such simple pieces look alluring. And while clean lines feel achingly fresh when rendered in structured, oversized or voluminous silhouettes (i.e. every single outfit donned by the Olsen Twins), the look can read careless, unflattering, or worse, totally boring when styled incorrectly. The key to pulling off the look? Keeping your outfit simple, yet thoughtful via complementary hues, compatible separates and streamlined accessories for work, evening and off-duty. Because the minimalist look should take well, minimal effort, we break down three ways to pull off the trend ahead without compromising your sartorial savvy for summer.

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Master Minimalist

Imaxtree

Go Monochromatic

For an ultra-polished look, sleek silhouettes in a monochromatic palette flatter all body types and create a slimming effect with delicate accessories.

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Olivia Tassel Necklace

$90

Rachel Zoe Collection

Ema Heeled Sandals

$248

Rachel Zoe Collection

CM Gold-Plated Watch

$380

Larsson & Jennings

Navy Suit Trousers

$99

Massimo Dutti

Draped Tank Top

$273

3.1 Phillip Lim

Vanessa Jackman

Try High-Contrast

For a high-contrast effect, tailored separates work well in black and white—team with crisp sneakers (or simple pumps if you want more height) and distinct jewelry for modern appeal.

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Double Ball Hoop Earrings

$78

Trina Turk

Hammered Bangles

$28

Nordstrom

Lace-Up Sneakers

$23

Zara

Black Stretch Split Front Pencil Skirt

$27

New Look

Sienna Silk-Blend Crepe Top

$1,510

Haney

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Keep It Flattering

A voluminous silhouette adds interest to a LBD—keep the look flattering via a cinched waist with simple slingbacks and drop earrings to pair.

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Aria Slingback Loafers

$445

Tibi

Jingle Drop Earrings

$36

BaubleBar

Dress with Twist Detail

$125

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