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What Is Minimal Style With An Edge?

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Minimal style means maximum possibilities. But how to keep it looking interesting?

That's minimal style with an edge and here we show you how it works.


“Minimalism is not the lack of something, it’s the perfect amount of something” -
 Nicholas Burroughs

Minimalism is a way of simplifying and cutting back the excesses. Do you really want to advertise a giant company logo on your clothes? For a start, you’re giving them free advertising every time you step out the door.

Patrick Li minimalist white and grey dress - what is minimal style with an edge

In today’s throwaway, cut-price culture it’s easy to take accessorising and bling to the level of an Olympic sport. However, showing restraint with a minimal style means you’ve thought much harder about how you look and how to stand out.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Leonardo da Vinci

Minimalism isn’t just about how you dress. It can define everything from the way you decorate your home to the food you cook. Why surround yourself with bright paisley throws reminiscent of a 70’s music festival, or souvenir comedy fridge magnets from countries you’ve visited, when you can keep an instantly more calming surrounding?

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If you want to push it to the extreme you can even take on a zero waste lifestyle and reduce your landfill contribution to something smaller than a peanut. Either way, it makes more sense than ever to embrace minimalism in this ever increasing world of excess.


Towards the end of the 1980’s, designers like Comme des Garçons, Calvin Klein and Jil Sander pioneered a pared-back style which captured minimalism.

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It was a style focusing on texture, material and most importantly tailoring. After all, if you’re not working with colour and print, the cut of your clothes and how they fit becomes even more important.

Today minimalism still exists and although fashion movements like Normcore, Boho and Athleisure are the focus of attention, there are still people designing a skimmed back style. The Row, Vince, and even a chain like Cos are on board.


These minimal designs may be calming and easy on the eye, but where is the sass?

Minimal fashion has been around for nearly 30 years, but it’s time to bring the attitude with some edginess, confidence and self-expression. This is a style we like to call 'minimal with an edge'.

Rick Owens, Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim are designers who have all picked up on this.

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Minimal fashion is timeless so can be worn anytime, day or night, but add an edge and you take it to another level. By starting with a tailored silhouette then adding elements and subtle twists, it’s a strong way to confidently stand out.

Native Fox minimal with an edge outfit
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Slim silhouettes in neutral colours are key to keeping the style minimal, whilst providing the perfect canvas to let the small details shout. Venting on the side of a vest in a contrast colour, or contrast texture leather panelling over denim at the knee, are both examples of added edge.

Anine Bing minimal with an edge outfit
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A heavy dose of dark colours with the addition of a white T-shirt makes a confident impact. The leather jacket contrasts with the other fabrics, and there’s plenty of space for the details to pop like the studs on the boots and the zips on the jackets. And the champagne adds a nice finishing touch.

Maja Wyh minimal with an edge outfit
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Even an outfit in a single colour can let the attitude rock. Rips on the knees, tailored silhouettes, contrasting textures of leather sleeves on a cotton jacket, gold buttons and a sheer top with a hint of bra. All these details bring an edge to this look.

AND SO....

There are many ways ‘edge’ can be worn. Playing with various themes, fabrics, tailoring, customisation and accessories are all part of adding attitude to what you’re wearing. Essentially it's all down the finer details and how creative you want to be.

How are you bringing an edge to your style today?

Posted 6th May 2016


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