Minimalist fashion: New World Rule

Minimalist fashion is defined by one most important standard: keep it simple! Rationalized shapes, a small collection of colors, and even a bare minimum amount of outfits in your closet. Effortlessness is the key to pinpointing this style.

The most widely-used word in connection with minimalist style is probably the basics. Every minimalist style guide will tell you that it’s essential to focus on high-quality wardrobe basics that will be the building blocks of a wardrobe.

Note, that basic in this case is a noun, not an adjective. If done right, there’s nothing basic about minimalist style. 

That’s the reason I actually much prefer the term elevated basics.

Elevated basics are at the center of a good minimalist wardrobe.

They are functional, high-quality, practical, beautiful, versatile, wearable, tailored, understated, chic, and totally effortless.

They may be simple in terms of style or color, but you just have a feeling that they are different. They are more – more luxurious, more unique, more stylish.

That’s because they take basic to a whole new level.


There are a couple of ways to identify elevated basics. For me, these are the most important criteria:


Elevated basics are made of the highest quality materials. You can see from a mile that the fabric is long-lasting, comfortable, and oozes that luxury the way only well-made, high-quality fabrics do. When it comes to fabrics, I very much prefer natural ones.


Be it slightly oversized or slim-fitting, custom-made or off the rack, an elevated basic will always look like it was made for your body.


Often, it’s the details that take an item from basic to elevated basic. It may be an interesting, asymmetric cut detail, an edgy sleeve or button, an interesting pattern or color, or simply a belt – these are the details that make you take a double look.


A well elevated basic will be immensely versatile. You can dress it up or down or style it in different ways so that the world won’t even know that you’re wearing the same item again and again (not that wearing the same item is a problem).


We may be led to believe that price is the only telling factor of quality, and expensive pieces are always superior but that’s not always true. Sure, quality often comes with a higher price tag, but it’s still worth examining whether we are truly getting what we want. Quality is a little opaque term, but for me, it usually signifies a clothing item that has been made with care, is durable and will last a long time, the fabric feels nice on my skin and is mostly made of natural materials, the finishing touches and details are right, and then cut and silhouette fits me.


Style is about confidence. If you look at your favorite style icons, you’ll see that sometimes they can wear the simplest clothing ever, and it just looks different on them. Why? Because they wear it with confidence. This is not even a criterion of elevated basics, but an added bonus. Once you find the perfect items that tick off all the above criteria, it will give you such a sense of confidence. 

Source Credit: thelifestyle-files

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