How To Build The Ultimate Minimalist Wardrobe

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How To Build The Ultimate Minimalist Wardrobe

From boyish silhouettes to statement power suits in luscious lattes, cosy caramels and on-trend oatmeals, neutrals are a key minimalist wardrobe building block and they’re here to stay. 

Long jacket, top, trousers, earring and sandals, all Sportmax

The new tailoring marks a strict departure from structured silhouettes, as oversized trews teamed with crops give a nod to the Y2K trend. A loose-fitting coat and flats prove the perfect partners to this nonchalant look.

Wool suit, Valentino; shoes, Miu Miu

We’ve been dying to break free from our sweatpants for months now, but comfort isn’t something we’re willing to give up on anytime soon. Enter the slouchy suit which, lying somewhere between cosiness and sophistication, blurs the boundaries of gender while reinventing notions of power dressing in the process.

Braided top and trousers, Chanel; T-shirt, stylist’s own

Utterly seasonless or incredibly essential; call them what you like, but neutrals have once more managed to stay in favour with the fashion crowd for SS22. The minimalist wardrobe needn’t be boring, as you can still combine neutrals for a winning ensemble; from Colgate whites and frothy coffees to desert sands and dusty pinks, combine complementary hues for extra style points.

Blazer and oversized shirt, Marni; earrings, Colville

With genderless fashion breaking the final frontier, androgynous dressing has never been so cool. For an updated take on the trend, banish black to the back of your wardrobe and opt for a coffee-coloured oversized suit and shirt combination that doesn’t think twice about challenging norms.

Dress, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello; hoodie, the Frankie Shop; bangle, Colville; bangles, Sharra Pagano

There was a modern and minimalist interpretation of athleisure on this season’s catwalks, where more elegant dresses came styled with laid-back separates. When opting for all white, complement your look with minimal makeup and chunky gold jewellery for ultimate effect.

Topcoat and trousers, Gabrielle Colangelo; earring and shoes, Sportmax

Usually winter’s silver lining, statement coats are still all the rage this season, so much so that with a bit of clever styling your prime pick can constitute an entire outfit, should you wish. Cosy caramel is the hue of the season – opt for leather and team with gold or bronze accessories and a pair of statement sandals.

Jacket, Louis Vuitton

While basic denim and leather jackets have a time and place, it’s not SS22. Instead, a whole wave of statement outerwear took pride of place on the season’s most prominent catwalks, offering an easy way to complete an outfit with minimal thinking required. Look to Louis Vuitton, where neutral colour palettes come spruced up with statement details.

Dress, Celine by Hedi Slimane; shirt, Circus Hotel; hoops, Colville; socks, Falke; sneakers, Celine

There’s been plenty of skin on show for 2022, but for a more modest take on the season’s most daring trend, don’t be scared to sport your spring/summer mini over simple separates to amplify your look to a whole new level. A plain cotton maxi shirt, for example, works wonders.

Dress, Prada; sweatshirt, stylist’s own; socks, Falke; hoops, Colville; shoes, Birkenstock 1774

Summer 2022’s runways evoked a sensual femininity and nobody made that clearer than Miuccia Prada, imagining champagne pink dresses with feelings of softness and light. For a stronger take on the trend, opt for some creative volume with layers and chunky, masculine accessories.

Suit, Gucci; sweatshirt, stylist’s own; socks, Falke; loafers, Marni

When you’ve got work in the morning but dinner at night, a mismatch of textures can make any ensemble suitable for all occasions. Case in point? This new season Gucci suit mixes wool, mohair and satin details with a smattering of sparkle for 24/7 style. Who said sequins couldn’t be minimalist?

Photographer: Francesco Vincenti | Stylist: Francesca Ottaviani | Model: Aouatif Saadi at Select Model Management | Makeup artist: Markus Theisen | Hair stylist: Simone Prusso at Julian Watson | Stylist’s assistant: Valeria Scarponi | Photographer’s assistant: Gennaro Andreoli

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