Since the 1960s, minimalism has been one of the most popular movements in fashion and art. It originated as a countercultural response to various issues in the world at large.
Minimalism focuses on the essence and substance of things rather than their form. It’s about exploring new forms to find new truths.
Minimalist fashion is the same. It’s about going against a society that tells us to consume more and more rather than choose quality over quantity.
Below, we’re going to explain a little more about why and how a minimalist wardrobe can improve your style. Then, we’re going to highlight five different outfits that showcase the versatility of minimalist apparel in women's clothing.
How Minimalism Enhances and Rewards Creativity
Minimalism has as its core tenants simplicity, versatility, functionality, and anti-consumerism. Each of these interconnects to create a wide variety of timeless pieces.
This style relies on simplicity to remove extraneous elements from the creation. Everything has a purpose. Minimalist fashion may have embellishments, but these are just that: Embellishments. They do not take over the piece, nor do they solely define it.
Instead, garments are defined by what they are, such as the ever-popular little black dress.
This simplicity makes minimalist fashion highly versatile. A given piece may be easily paired with countless others, creating numerous outfits from a few simple garments. This is what forms the basis of a capsule wardrobe, which could easily be made from the garments below.
The best minimalist apparel is highly functional — it serves as an essential part of a wardrobe overall and should be high quality. That way, it can last through extended use as part of a smaller wardrobe overall.
All of these tie into the fact that minimalism is largely about making the most of what you have. This means keeping those essential pieces and not accumulating unwanted ones.
The Marie Kondo method of minimalism relies on getting rid of things that do not spark joy. However, just as important, if not more, than reducing one’s possessions is identifying which new items are worth purchasing.
Fashion trends come and go. However, the minimalist style has always stayed popular because of its ease and simplicity. Now, we’re finally ready to showcase how creatively that ease can come with minimalist apparel.
Outfit #1: Cozy Elemental Protection
When it comes to cooler temperatures and inclement conditions, simply layering your clothes won’t be enough to protect you. It’s essential that those garments be built to withstand any situation. For our first minimalist outfit, we are going to be highlighting those very garments.
Our outerwear begins with the Euphoric. This cocoon-shaped jacket can be worn button-up or not, hooded or uncovered, or even paired with a turtleneck and pair of jeans or any simple slacks. Drawstring ties help to simplify the shape of the garment and make it more pleasantly fitted. Four zip pockets provide an extensive amount of secure storage.
The jacket is wind-proof and water-repellent, aided by a laminated fabric. In order to wash, a simple spot-clean with water is enough. Otherwise, dry cleaning or washing at cold temperatures can help.
We choose to pair it with the Sanctuary stretch-tech travel pants. Four additional hidden zipper pockets and two snap pockets mean that all your storage needs will be more than solved.
The performance fabric of this minimalist clothing item has a subtle sheen and extreme durability. In addition to repelling dirt, oil, and water, it also protects against tears and UV rays.
These straight-leg trousers in tandem with the jacket do much to show off your personal style. We choose to finish off the outfit with a final wardrobe staple: The Eloquent, as a lushly soft, micro-poly knit, is the perfect base layer for the whole ensemble.
These items, taken together, offer all the elemental protection you’ll need in all but the most extreme situations.
Outfit #2: Sleek and Sporty
Our previous outfit embraced jackets for their ability to protect us from the elements. Here, we embrace sporty hoodies perfectly suited to travel, and across climates. The minimal style of the Lucidity is achieved through bright white and matte black colors.
This hoodie is made from a temperature-regulating Swiss performance fabric, perfect for any condition. Two zipper hand pockets and a pouch pocket on the left shoulder provide thorough storage. The black iteration of the jacket is also fleece-lined for the perfect mild or cold-weather jacket.
The pouch pocket provides the jacket with a slight asymmetry thanks to contrast-colored fabric. Many clothes, especially mass-produced ones in fast fashion, are symmetrical to simplify the production. Asymmetry is a way to reflect in your style the asymmetry that infuses our natural world. The jacket is fitted, so use a tight-fitting underlayer like a tank top for a comfortable fit.
For pairing, we join Lucidity with Harmonious travel pants. These bring a dash of fitted elegance to an already-monochromatic color palette. A variety of essential features turn these into the definitive essential travel pants.
The technical fabric resists wrinkling and shrinkage alike. The fabric is designed to be easily altered or hemmed, for routine tailoring. Taken in combination with the Lucidity, these two form a streamlined, sporty outfit for your wardrobe.
Outfit #3: Bringing “Casual” to Business Casual
Our next option is a workplace-ready outfit, turning formalwear into oversized casual apparel. The first item embracing this trendy look is the Individualist, a blazer built with technical performance in mind. 4-way stretch fabric resists abrasion, UV rays, water, and, most importantly, wrinkles. It can be thrown over a t-shirt or tank to elevate any apparel you may have and snapped tight with double-snap closures.
The Individualist Boyfriend Tech Blazer comes in two colorways — navy and black. These colors serve a capsule wardrobe well, each seamlessly complimenting a larger collection of tops and bottoms. This versatility is a key aspect of any capsule wardrobe and minimalist lifestyle.
We choose to pair the Individualist not with wide-leg pants but with slimming ones. Meditation exudes elegance thanks to its slim fit, black color, and adjustable waist. Micro-modal stretch knit promotes sustainability and pairs well with most colors thanks to its neutral color.
The Meditation was made in the United States but inspired by Japanese aesthetic concepts that perceive beauty as a result of simplicity. Combining elements of both cosmopolitan and bohemian style, these carefully tailored pants are well-suited for anything on your work or travel itinerary.
Outfit #4: Light Layers for Lounging
Sometimes, relaxing in your favorite shorts and tees are the way to go. If they are high-quality, you can also take these items from your minimalist closet on the go for an upscale, laid-back appearance year-round.
This outfit begins with our Sukha shorts. They are made from either cotton or micro-modal, depending on if you choose the bright color option or the low-key black. Oversized pockets provide as much storage as a trench coat and a comfortable place for your hands.
Meanwhile, a stretch waistband provides an added degree of comfort. You can easily pair these with summer loafers and a tee for a complete look.
We pair these lightweight shorts with our lightweight Cherished. This article is made from bluesign®-approved wool and silk, meaning it holds up to cruelty-free and sustainability standards.
This approval is only given to the most ethical materials, from synthetics to organic cotton. Some fabrics, like cashmere and denim, have too negative an environmental impact to pass exacting ethics standards. It should be the standard to which clothing brands aspire to achieve.
The tunic is notable through its availability in multiple colors and a soft, breezy fit. The result is an asymmetrical, gorgeous drape that combines well with the relaxed Sukha.
Outfit #5: Minimalism Through Simple Elegance
Our last article on this list is for pieces of clothing that enhance the silhouette of the body. Fitted but not overly tight, these two garments make a creatively shaped outfit that’s versatility only matches its style.
The Exquisite gets its name through the figure cut by its asymmetrical design. The slim fit is made from an exceptionally soft fusion of organic cotton, modal, and linen. This also provides it with moisture-wicking properties and wrinkling resistance powers.
What sets the exquisite truly apart from other tanks, blouses, and tops is its manufacturing. Each pair is handcrafted by a Community-Made Pod in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Here, Paskho serves to provide work to areas unjustly affected by labor loss with safe working conditions and equitable wages.
We finish our final outfit with the Namaste pants. This article truly fuses comfort, luxury, and elegance in a way few others can master. The stretch knit adapts to the body while forming a gentle drape. Again this piece is made from a Community-Made Pod, but this time the pod is in New York.
Both pieces serve to create necessary jobs in local communities. Each features wrinkle-resistant performance fabrics to keep you looking your best while staying comfortable. And in the end, both succeed with aplomb.
Minimalist Fashion for Women
Minimalist fashion succeeds because of how easy it is to creatively mix different pieces of clothing. More fashion brands than ever are bold enough to encourage shoppers to buy a few high-quality garments rather than dozens of poorly-constructed pieces.
You can easily mix and swap pants and shorts with tees, tunics, and more. Outerwear like jackets, blazers, cardigans, and more can add a finishing touch to any apparel. Perhaps one of the most important tenets of minimalism is the ability of each item to serve multiple roles.
In the true essence of a capsule wardrobe, each article in the outfits above can be mixed and matched to create even more outfits. Rather than having a top and bottom set that only works together, minimalist fashion demands that every piece have the chameleon-like ability to mesh with all the pieces in a closet.
At Paskho, we create versatile apparel to reduce waste and create high-quality, all-terrain apparel. The outfits listed above only begin to scratch the surface of what we have to offer. Feel free to embrace minimalism today.