If you think defining your own personal style is difficult, imagine what it’s like for a celebrity. Designers quite literally throw themselves (okay, their garments) at the A-list 24/7, and having so many options at their disposal must be overwhelming (to say the least).
I’m not saying this problem equates to that of some of the more serious issues in our society but, personally speaking, I’d struggle to maintain my style identity if suddenly the entire catalogue of the world’s most sought-after clothes were at my disposal. Which is why I think it’s so easy spot a star who dresses the way they want to dress, as opposed to what stylists would have them wear. And none are more headstrong than the minimalists.
When your career calls for you to wear lavish gowns more frequently than jeans, it’s little wonder the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé utilise every opportunity to make a bold statement. However, with the minimalist and quiet luxury movements more prolific now than ever before, we thought it was high time we gave minimalist style icons the space they deserve.
Of course, we appreciate all fashion sensibilities, but we’re particularly inspired by those who choose simplicity over standing out, and whose wardrobes consist of clean lines as opposed to tulle and taffeta. Because style is so much more than wearing the first expensive dress that comes your way.
For this, I delved deep into the fashion archives to bring you the best pared-back dressers from the ’60s right up to today. From Françoise Hardy and Audrey Hepburn to ’80s It girls like Winona Ryder and Iman to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoë Kravitz, keep scrolling to see, in no particular order, 14 of our favourite minimalistic style icons.