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WHAT IS MINIMAL STYLE WITH AN EDGE?

Posted on 06 May 2016

6 May 2016

Chances are you already have an idea of what minimal style is. However, if you want to know how to turn a minimal look into something with more attitude (whilst obviously still keeping things minimal!), then you’ve come to the right place. We refer to this as 'minimal style with an edge'.

A MINIMAL LIFESTYLE - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?


“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!

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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.

THE ROOTS OF MINIMAL FASHION

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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Comme des Garçons
(Credit: briangriffin.co.uk)  /  
Credit: jilsander.com

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.


SO… MINIMAL FASHION WITH AN EDGE?

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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Rick Owens (Credit: theyallhateus.com)


HOW TO ROCK THIS LOOK

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.

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Jennifer Grace (Credit: nativefox.com)  /  Uncredited

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.

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Anine Bing (Credit: treverhoehne.com)  /  Uncredited

A heavy dose of dark colours with the addition of a white t-shirt makes a confident impact. The leather jacket contrasts against the other fabrics, and there’s plenty of space for the details to pop - like the studs on the boots & the zips on the jackets. The champagne adds a nice finishing touch!

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Maja Wyh (Credit: majawyh.com)

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.

SO WHAT NEXT…?

There are many ways this ‘edge’ can be worn. Playing with various themes, fabrics, tailoring, customisation and accessories are all part of adding attitude to what you’re wearing.

Why not check out our range of women's tops & men's t-shirts here to bring a little GILTY edge to your minimal style.

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