LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: The Art of Minimalism


What usually draws my attention when on the look-out for my next Fashionisto are those flaunting unusual or extravagant trends. Interestingly though, I found myself pinpointing today’s Fashionisto among a stream of RMIT students for a different reason entirely — minimalism.

It is a technique that often the very essence of men’s fashion models itself on and this Fashionisto executes it flawlessly. The stylish subtleties are what make this outfit work, such as the co-ordination of the jumper’s toggle with the pair of leather lace-ups, creating a playful contrast with his off-white jumper. In addition, the browns and creams are perfect neutrals to lighten up a winter wardrobe that can too often be consumed with black and grey.

His overall look, including his slightly washed-out denim roll-ups, brings to mind Swedish brand ACNE, a leading label in denim and ultimately known for laid-back tailoring and soft palette apparel. This Fashionisto also adopts a mellow indie undertone with his high, shawl collared jumper, something that can be found in a number of ACNE’s collections for men, particularly this year’s men’s S/S collection.

The beauty of minimalism is that such pieces are often timeless and in turn, adaptable to almost any trend.

Hint: The achieve the look of the Minimalist like today’s Fashionisto, choose garments of neutral hues and with simple shapes. Such pieces work best with a jean for an effortlessly cool look. However, don’t be afraid to embrace the metro in you by adding a structured suit-jacket or scarf (either loose over your jumper of tucked-in to the collar), ideal for evenings.


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