There’s a reason why fashionistas everywhere can’t get enough of minimalism: It’s a foolproof way to look chic, and its simplicity can easily transition you from daytime affairs to your evening events.

Whether you’re a die-hard minimalist or you’re looking to pare down your outfits, we’ve rounded up 11 minimalist outfits you could work any day of the year for an effortless look: 


1. Pair a white button-down with black trousers.

Whether you’re heading out for lunch or you’ve got a full day at work, a button-down with trousers is always a safe bet, especially when it’s a classic black-and-white combo. To make it look less rigid, though, break it up with a chunky belt that will cinch your waist. Opt for mules if you want shoes that are more polished than sneakers but just as comfy. 

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2. Go for gray and bleached denim.

Minimalism doesn’t just mean putting together solid separates—you can incorporate denim, too. Here, a pair of straight-cut faded jeans is refined with gray layers. This washed-out color palette is great for traveling, but you can achieve the same vibe in the metro by ditching the blazer and going for shorts. 

3. Try a navy blue slip dress and a white longline coat.

You don’t have to stick to black and white. Feel free to experiment with other neutrals, too! A great alternative to black that works for any time of the day is navy blue. You could don a slip dress for daytime and elevate it come nighttime with an ivory longline coat! A classic yet super fresh color combo. 


4. Put on a little black dress and leather accessories.

Get away with wearing nothing but a simple black dress by adding luxe accessories to make your outfit more expensive-looking. Here, a spaghetti strap column dress gets the sophisticated touch through black leather sandals and a cool shoulder bag. Plus, you can swap your sandals for heels if you’ve got a fancy occasion coming up!

5. You can’t go wrong with jeans and a button-down.

Minimalism typically brings to mind black-and-white Scandinavian style, but let’s not forget that it can encompass other kinds of aesthetic, too. If you identify with the Parisian girl style, cop the vibe with a minimalist look of jeans and a white button-down. Keep the accessories simple—plain mary janes and a cute little handbag will do.

6. Look chic in a crisp white button-down and a black skirt.

You’re probably tired of hearing the word button-down, but bear with us, the piece truly is so versatile. For a fresh take on typical workwear, roll up your button-down’s sleeves and pair it with a black A-line skirt. Keep it streamlined with white sneakers or snazzy black mules! For more casual days, wear shorts instead.


7. Stay sleek in a casual black pullover and khaki trousers.

Mix it up by opting for khaki instead of white bottoms the next time you reach for your favorite black top—a camel-and-black combo is just as striking! The camel color adds a bit of warmth to your outfit and you can pick up the color for your accessories, too, like the summery canvas satchel above. 

8. Be ready for a chill day in black jeans and a cardigan.

Look put together even for a relaxing day at the mall with a B&W ensemble. Keep things interesting by mixing pieces in different shapes, like this outfit of black skinny jeans and a cocoon-like cardigan worn as a top. 

9. Throw on a white tee and a pair of jeans.

If there’s any ultimate casual uniform that can please anyone and everyone, it would have to be a white shirt and jeans combo. Give it a slight twist by swapping white sneakers for more luxe footwear like leather sandals and mules. Choose a minimalist handbag to seal the look, like one in black, white, or tan leather. 


10. Elevate an LBD with a cream blazer

In a hurry? Slip into a no-frills black dress and grab a beige blazer to go—plus points if it’s one in an oversized or boxy shape. It’s a nice contrasting piece to add a fresh twist to your LBD, and you can throw it on when the weather gets chilly or if you’ve got a formal event.  

11. Go nude

If you love the color nude then you’ll want to drape yourself in this outfit, stat! This easy outfit only requires a camel-colored cardigan and straight-cut khaki trousers. The key is to complete the look with sienna-hued leather accessories for a timeless OOTD (just a belt and shoes!). But black leather pieces should do the trick, too!

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