Fashion

5 ways to channel the minimalism trend even when you need to layer

If you haven’t drooled over a Scandi influencer’s fashion shots, have you even Instagrammed?

The struggle to declutter our lives has long spilled over to our wardrobes. 

While we yearn to channel effortless chic that belongs on the streets of Copenhagen, it can often be daunting picking outfits when you’re faced with a clothing rack full of different hauls. And that’s before you even think about what the weather requires of you. 

But minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean wearing less (though a capsule wardrobe helps). Given that it’s one of the key trends this season (Stella McCartney, Loewe and Fendi all sent new versions of minimalism down the runway), we’ve broken down how to nail the minimalist look and layer it up for the cooler seasons. 

1. Play with textures

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Although a neutral palette is the MO for a minimalism-inspired look, textures are all to play for. 

Team a striking material like leather with softer fabrics like cotton, and add some subtle details with delicate earrings and the tie sleeves on this Tommy Hilfiger top.

When the chillier winds hit, add a fluffy jumper and wool coat to contrast the leather while staying toasty.  

2. Don’t be skeptical of patterns

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It’s a misconception that minimalism requires camel on camel with not so much as a slight deviance from cashmere.

But providing you play within the aforementioned neutral palette, adding a pattern in the same hues and limiting it to one statement piece can elevate your look.

Play with proportional layering with this All Saints jumper and coat, and you’re good to go.

3. Keep it tonal

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While a neutral tends to mean something that appears not to have colour, almost everything has an undertone. One of the easiest ways to embrace the minimalism trend is to team these undertones across your outfit.

The tan, beige, ivory, peach and gold shades of this ensemble all sit in the same family, and that Suncoo jumper looks just as good draped over your shoulders as it does over the dress for cooler evenings.

4. But don’t be afraid to go dark

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Rather than layering on top, one way to take minimalist wear through this season is to layer underneath with a polo neck in a similar hue.

You needn’t say goodbye to your cami dress yet. Just add boots, a leather jacket and black tights if it’s a bit chilly.

5. Embrace silhouettes 

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A strong silhouette is a minimalist’s best friend – it brings subtle drama without overdoing it, and as long as you stay with that trusty neutral colour range, you’re guaranteed to be asked where you got one of your pieces.

Team with the coat du jour (a trench) for extra billowing effect and consider the trend nailed. 

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