How to Nail Minimalist Street Style in 5 Easy Steps

Minimalist street style is everywhere right now and it’s easy to see why thanks to the humble blazer making a big comeback. Minimalist dressing, set to be one of the biggest trends for SS20, is all about easy layering, neutral tones and generally pulling together a super simple outfit that looks incredibly chic.

Perfect for office dressing and even better for weekend styling, minimalist street style can be perfected in a few easy steps.

Here are our top five tips on how to nail the art of looking effortlessly fabulous:

all black outfit sofia boman
Source: @sofiaboman

1. Less is more

When it comes to minimalist dressing, less is most definitely more. Creating a minimal look is all about pairing a few key items that are understated and simple. Forget bold prints and colour-blocking. Instead, stick to a capsule wardrobe ethos and build your outfits around a simple white t-shirt or a flattering pair of tailored trousers.

While adding a loud accessory or touch of animal print into the mix may be tempting, stick to simple wardrobe-building pieces to elevate your outfit. Tailored clothing will be your new BFF!

oversized blazer street style
Source: @lafollie

2. Invest in an oversized blazer

When an occasion calls for dressing up, there’s nothing better than putting on an oversized blazer for a quick fashion fix. Equally, layering one over jeans and a t-shirt can take an outfit from zero to hero in seconds.

An oversized blazer is one of the most versatile layering options and is a key player in minimalist dressing. Look to Instagram and street style influencers who have a plethora of blazers in their wardrobes. Choose neutral tones like grey, black and dark green or opt for a checked/gingham print that’ll never go out of fashion.

Here are our favourites at BrandAlley right now:

Mango Grey Check Structured Blazer £34
French connection Black Ines Suiting Ls Jacket £49
Whistles Multi Check Double Breasted Blazer £65
Mint Velvet Silver Grey Longline Blazer £69
BOSS Grey Jewisa Wool Stretch Suit Jacket £149
Mango Pink Textured Unstructured Blazer £34
neutral colours outfit with beige blazer

3. Neutral tones = key

For a classic and chic ensemble, neutral tones are key. Follow the hashtag #minimaliststyle where you’ll see an array of grey, washed out black, cream and white in varying shades.

Ever wanted to wear an all-white suit or all-black-everything outfit? Now’s your chance. Head to @sofiaboman’s Instagram for a masterclass on how to get it right every time.

black saddle bag and gold jewellery

4. Keep accessories classic and simple

Adding interest to your outfits with classic accessories will stop it from looking boring. For a real statement, invest in a designer handbag that’ll go with everything or choose an on-trend saddle bag, hobo bag or crossbody from the highstreet faves.

Let your accessories do the talking and add some personality with your favourite jewellery or hair accessories.

Stuck on ideas? Treat yourself to a new designer handbag from our selection below and take up to 80% off…

Prada Black Crossbody Bag £545
Aspinal of London Soft Taupe Small Hobo Bag £175
Guilia Massari Cognac Leather Shoulder Bag £45
Fiorelli Cream Brinsley Shoulder Bag £22
Gucci Women’s Gucci Logo Canvas Backpack £689
Markese Black Leather Top Handle Bag £65
model wearing white jumpsuit and black bag

5. Did someone say designer shades?

The finishing accessory to your look – designer sunglasses. Go for an oversized shade to really make an impact or opt for a round style, like the Bottega Veneta shades below, to balance out oversized t-shirts and blazers.

Again, stick to neutral tones such as brown, black, and tortoiseshell that’ll tie the rest of your outfit together. Unsure which style will suit your face shape? Find out here in our handy guide and discover our bestselling style below. Gucci, Tom Ford and Bottega Veneta await…

Gucci Women’s Shiny Black Cat Eye Sunglasses £149
Bottega Veneta Grey Green Round Sunglasses £149
Bottega Veneta Blonde Tortoiseshell Elegance Sunglasses £109
Gucci Women’s Tortoiseshell Cat Eye Sunglasses £149
Women’s Brown Tom Ford Sunglasses 52mm £109
Women’s Black Tom Ford Sunglasses 56mm £109
Words: Sherri Andrew