Less is More

5 years ago by


Erik Melvin

Minimalism. What could that even possibly mean in the realm of fashion these days? A mere attempt to place an aesthetic and term that was hugely popular with American artists in the 1950s on any attire that is white and sparse? No. Minimalism is much more than that. To the designers that fall into the often over used category, their concentration is in the form and fabrications, while maintaining a discreet sense of beauty in the designs.

Deceivingly simple, few designers hold up to the standards of a truly fearless minimalist. With that in mind, and just before we become overwhelmed with the alluring possibilities of all the fall fashions, it felt like a nice moment to take a step back.


The Row, a brand whose aesthetic reflects all the notions of the aforementioned, is both timeless and elegant, strict but relaxed, and the first place one should go for all ready-to-wear in the category.

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The white croissant bag from Céline is a sort of realization similar to that of a Mark Rothko painting. A simple white relief of a semi-circle, in lambskin, accented only by an even simpler delicate chain.

There are many brands today who have distinguished themselves as a go-to minimal sandal, but NewbarK, well…they started the trend. Also worth mentioning, ATP, refined in a lived-in sort of way.

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Less may be more, but it’s also possible we’ve come to a point where knowing as much about a movement and trend is just as important as participating. Are you a minimal mammal?

Coat and dress, The Row ; Black bag, Maison Margiela ; Sandals, Trademark ; White bag and tan dress, Céline / Sandals, ATP ; Dress, COS / Dress, COS


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