The art of minimalist dressing

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You don’t need a lot of guff to make your outfit look interesting. The minimalist dress code isn’t difficult to master, however, it is an important one. Follow these 5 tips and soon you’ll become the master.

Words: James Tissiman

Firstly, colour blocking is paramount for minimalist attire. You must know your colours if you’re going to do it well, but if not then simply stick to a monochromatic colour pallet. For example, this winter, try to wear a simple white shirt under a black jumper, paired with black trousers. The look is smart, yet casual and superbly simple. On the other hand, if the sound of all that black is making you depressed then I suggest you incorporate some colour through your shirt, socks or shoes, but please no print.

River Island roll neck £25
River Island roll neck £25

Which brings me nicely on to the second tip; print. There should be no busy prints on a minimalist outfit – anything too bold or colourful will seem too hectic. However, if you must add some print, please let that print be almost microscopic and sparsely distributed.

Personally, whenever I think of minimalist dressing I automatically have a picture in my head of a tall man wearing a tunic, therefore, to appease my imagination might I suggest you opt for something similar? This similarity is in the form of long-line shirts and jumpers. Not only are they great for mixing up the gender stereotypes, but they also colour block and elongate the body.

Miansai gold toned brass cuff, £145, Harvey Nichols

Jewellery is the next subject to tackle. If you tend to shy away from accessorising then you are more than welcome to skip this step, however, if you like to don rings on your fingers and bells on your toes, listen up. Sticking to one metal is important to nailing this look and choosing jewellery that has no stones, embellishments or much detail at all. Size doesn’t necessarily matter; after all, jewellery can make an outfit really interesting. But be careful, I would choose a chunky plain ring, a bangle and a long, thin chain necklace.

And finally, the details on your clothing should be almost unnoticeable. Instead of large patch pockets, your pockets should be built into the seams; it’s all about fluidity

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