Guest Post: Less Is More, Minimalist Summer Style Tips

Clean lines, flattering silhouettes, and strategically used colours and patterns are the foundation of most minimalist wardrobes. They also happen to be great picks for summer weather. Choosing billowy clothing versus clingy items will ensure that you stay cool, instead of sticky. And opting for simple pieces during hot temps appears unfussy and chic. Along with summer minimalist style comes several trends to try, and I would recommend incorporating at least one into your rotation this season.

White Hot

Bright-white anything with simple, clean lines would be a great addition to your summer minimalist repertoire. Outfit Trends is really loving plain white-fitted tees tucked into trousers, skinny jeans, or even this year's blast from the past, the bell bottom pant. Choose a high waist to elongate your legs even more and wear them with a pair of chic, chunky heeled sandals and a cross-body handbag. And if you prefer skirts to pants, then rest assured that the white tee is the perfect pairing for just about everything.

The Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is a minimalist closet must-have thanks to its easy feel, look, and simplicity. The materials can vary. Whether you're into denim or prefer a soft Pima cotton, either textile would work well, so long as the patterns are kept to a minimum. If you must have some detail, stick to a horizontal stripe, contrasting thread, or piping. Opt for a high-low style shirt dress, button it all the way up, and wear with a pair of flatforms, your favourite sunglasses, and an austere clutch.

Billowy Blouses

Whether long or short, The Zoe Report reveals that a flowing blouse is a great piece to own for summer. They're breathable, fashion forward, and figure flattering. Plus, if you want to create two looks from one top, throw on a belt around the waist to create an hourglass appearance while still staying true to the minimalist style. For a really easy breezy outfit, pair a blouse style crop top tank, maybe with two rows of very simple ruffles, with fitted trousers for a date night outfit.

Simple Shoes

Slip-ons, flatforms, platforms, mules, and other footwear with clean lines is what the fuss free fashion lover should focus on. Choose shoes with only one or two straps, architectural construction, and neutral hues. Not only will you stay in line with the minimalist style, but you'll get much more wear out of your shoes when they come in black, tan, white, cream, and other colours that won't clash. Lyst is recommending loafer-style sneakers, which I would highly suggest pairing with everything from dresses to shorts to boyfriend jeans this summer.

Austere Accessories

If you're a minimalist at heart, then you know that doesn't actually mean you can't wear accessories. When it comes to putting the finishing touches on an outfit, opt for thinner pieces that look dainty and almost fragile. This could be a simple gold chain necklace with one charm, an armful of skinny silver bangle bracelets, a chic black fedora, or an unadorned leather handbag.

When it comes to minimal summer style, it's okay to skip the bright colours and embellishments in favour of neutral hues and simple silhouettes. No matter what the season, it's important to stay true to your personal style, and adapting to the weather should never be an issue. Stick with flowing pieces, classic cuts, and a modern, architectural vibe for classy and chic warm weather looks.

*With thanks to the lovely Janet for this fab guest post!


  1. I do really love clean lines and minimalist style, especially for summer, but I do love layering up in Autumn and Winter :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog


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