The philosophy of minimalism has been around for some time now, and its popularity in recent years has seen it rise to more than just a mindset. Embraced by the men's fashion industry, brands such as Margaret Howell, COS and Universal Works are some of which, that are creating timeless pieces.
The first thing to understand about minimalist fashion is that it's trend-free, meaning that your wardrobe won't be going out of fashion each season. The easily adaptable style can be worn for all occasions, from the most formal to the everyday attire. Luxury fashion tailor, Hardy Amies, said that "a man should look as if he bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them". Minimalist fashion is all about looking and feeling good with effortless style.
What might you be pondering is, how does one merge work wear with minimalism? It's simple. The soft, clean and versatile look makes styling your workwear easy. Starting with the basics, a natural colour palette of white, grey, navy, khaki and black tones for your staple pieces are essential. This then makes it easier to add a soft block of colour to change it up occasionally. Once you've got your basic items, you can then start experimenting with textures and styles. This isn't constructed to the 'normal' tailoring style such as the likes of Savile Row. It gives you room to chop and change shapes and make up your own rules.
Season to season you can continue looking smart and modern, and dressing for work shouldn't make it any more difficult. It shouldn't be a chore every morning trying to pick out clothes and guessing if they pair together, whilst still half asleep, which can often lead to bad decisions. This is why minimalism works hand in hand with work wear. No more guessing because all your clothes will pair effortlessly. The beautiful ideas behind minimalism cater for everyone.
Achieving a smart casual look through neat and collected style can be done easily and look highly appealing all year round. Margaret Howell has included minimalism in their brand and have produced looks which perfectly merge with workwear.
Margret Howell designs are timeless pieces. The AW18 lookbook showcases their simplistic but effective designs. Keeping in touch with the minimalist theme, these pieces are perfect for switching and mixing each look together as well as separate. Which of course is foolproof for selecting your workwear in the morning, with their latest AW18 collection, anything you throw on is going to do the job.
Modern and contemporary, COS's AW18 collection offers altered proportions, architectural lines and traditional tailoring which provides blurred lines between outdoor and urban wardrobes. Hitting the nail on the head, COS proves that minimalism can still offer practical style.
One of the key influences for contemporary menswear, Universal Works AW18 designs excel when it comes to all year round fashion, particularly in the cooler months. The smart-casual designs can keep you looking sharp for those more important work days.
Making this theme more interesting, Universal Works has experimented with different textures in their AW18 collection. Using darker colours, they show off how different textures can be included in everyday outfits.
Keeping it simple is the ultimate idea to minimalism. So don't think too hard, just stick to neutral colours and experiment with shapes and fabrics, and remember there are no rules!