In a season known for its bright hues, bold prints, and whimsical accents, there’s something to be said for taking a minimalist approach to fashion. Neutral shades strike a cool balance with all of summer’s vibrant colours, while clean lines offer a welcome contrast to more unstructured silhouettes. Perhaps best of all, simple styles provide the ideal foundation on which to build a variety of ensembles, whatever the time of year. Supplement your wardrobe with these crisp, classic pieces that are perfect for the summer season and beyond...
The Slip Dress
A well-known fashion essential of the 90s, the slip dress is experiencing a major revival this season, winning it a place in our wardrobes (and my heart) forever. Despite becoming one of the season’s most popular trends, the slip dress has real staying power, and it’s easy to see why. The simple style is ridiculously comfortable, incredibly flattering on any figure, and wearable on a variety of occasions. To make for the most versatile slip dress, choose one in a neutral hue, timeless fabric, and demure midi length, like the ones Lyst is highlighting. Then, wear solo, or pair with a long sleeveless vest in a similar shade for a seamless, monochromatic finish. Perfect!
Admittedly a bit of a tricky garment to wear (but one of my absolute summer staples), culottes are well worth the extra time it may take to style them. Choose a chic black pair you love and wear with casual staples for a more casual approach to the piece. Pair with a cotton tee and simple slides, or, as The Cut suggests, add slip-on sneakers for an easy weekend look. But, in the end, if culottes just aren’t for you, swap them out for the timeless black cigarette pants for an equally on-point ensemble.
The Wrap Skirt
If the pencil skirt had a more playful sister, the wrap skirt would be her. Combining timeless, conservative style with a flirty twist, this staple works for nearly any occasion, from the office to after-work cocktails. Choose one with a hem that falls either right above or a few inches below the knee for ultimate versatility. From there, it’s all above fabric and colour. Shades of cream, camel, and black feel luxurious and work well for all seasons – take this style wrap skirt into the summer by pairing with a lightweight white top. Or, for a neutral that’s a bit unexpected, opt for a wrap skirt in a pale pink or blush colour. The Zoe Report reveals that the pretty hue is polished enough for the office yet transitions effortlessly into nighttime festivities.
Will you be adding any of these minimal style pieces to your wardrobe this summer?
*Post in collaboration with Colleen Young