Imaxtree/Coperni; Imaxtree/Deveaux; Imaxtree/Hermés; Imaxtree/Lanvin; Imaxtree/Beare Park
“Buy less, choose well, make it last” was a motto that the late Vivienne Westwood became known for during her lifetime. It’s a stance that sometimes feels like it directly opposes the fast-moving state of the fashion industry today. Not only are trends being turned out more rapidly, but the average consumer owns 63% more clothing than they did three decades ago. It can be overwhelming to keep up with the sheer volume of apparel in the world, making the minimalist approach all the more appealing.
Simplicity may seem “stale” when our entire TikTok feeds are filled with try-on hauls, but recent sentiments have shown a shift in tides. Over the past few months, more of the fashion set has been adopting the quiet luxury aesthetic—an approach to shopping that centers on buying less and instead investing in well-made pieces that can stand the test of time. It’s basically a resurgence in the point of view that the designer, Westwood, held, but it’s been reimagined to speak to a new generation of minimalists.
Taking part in this movement isn’t about picking “boring” things but instead finding pieces that strike that perfect balance between long-term functionality and fashion. And to prove that point, I’ve scoured the spring/summer 2023 runway collections of the best quiet-luxury brands and style influencers to identify which 15 pieces are key players in building a minimalist capsule wardrobe. While you don’t have to invest in every staple listed in this story, you should pick and choose based on your style. These items are a great starting point for minimalists trying to inject a few trend-forward things into their daily rotation or newbies trying to adopt a more streamlined approach to their style this season.