What is Minimalist style?

Minimalism isn’t just a lifestyle choice, it can also be one’s personal style in how they dress and accessorise – think of the classic French woman’s style, and celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. It’s about having a minimalist aesthetic – this means sticking to a limited colour palette; having a simple silhouette to your clothing (no frou frou frills or wild prints, for example); and keeping accessories to a minimum. Adopting a minimalist style means having low-key but timeless pieces that work every day, no matter what’s fashionable at the time, and can make getting ready for the day pretty easy – as everything pretty much works together. Some “rules” that minimalist style enthusiasts follow:

  • Keep a monochromatic wardrobe. Black and white are the dominant colours; accent colours tend to be grey, navy or blush.
  • Stripes are the print of choice – again, in the neutral colours mentioned above.
  • Tailoring is key – pieces should look as if they were made especially for you.
  • Your idea of a going out dress is the LBD – in fact, it’s pretty much your go-to dress for any occasion.
  • Interesting cuts are what elevates your minimalist style to something special – a boxy cut makes your tee anything but basic; flared sleeves give your white blouse some drama.
  • Always have a black coat and a black leather handbag at the ready.
  • Your shoe collection is mainly flats, slides or pumps, again in neutral colours – comfortable and ready to go at short notice.
  • Keep jewellery simple yet personal – solitaire diamond earrings; a thin gold necklace with a tiny pendant; delicate rings. No chunky cocktail rings or necklaces emblazoned with your name.

If you’re thinking about adopting a minimalist style to your wardrobe, here are 5 great Aussie examples of minimalist style to get you inspired!


1. Beige Renegade


2. Harper and Harley


3. Oracle Fox


4. Modern Legacy


5. By Barber



Remember that if you’re thinking about a minimalist style for your own wardrobe, less clutter in your clothing choices = more classic styling. Let us know if you decide to pursue a minimalist aesthetic!



Eileen is a blogger at 5feetofstyle.com, where she shares her personal style and capsule wardrobe challenge. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.

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