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Looking to create a wardrobe of classic pieces? Here are the influencers with the best minimal style


by Hannah Hillyer
01st Aug 2019

From @alexisforeman Instagram

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Do you want to start investing in more classic pieces for your wardrobe? Here are the influencers you should follow for fresh inspiration…


Recently I went on a bit of an Instagram cull and un-followed anyone who just wasn’t ‘sparking joy’ anymore. Interestingly, the accounts I continued to follow offered a more classic, pared-back and minimal aesthetic.

The looks these influencers create are timeless and I guess I enjoy seeing the same pieces reworked year-on-year but in different ways. The influencers listed below invest in good quality basics and mix and match them with their existing wardrobe. If you strive for a wardrobe with longevity, read on…

Alexis Foreman (@alexisforeman)

 

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It’s been a while since I donned all black and I have to say I’m enjoying it ? (sunglasses, blazer and skirt gifted)

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What I admire most about Alexis’ style is that she dresses 100% for herself, and herself alone. Large billowing silhouettes that many would think unflattering are styled in a way that looks laid-back and cool. Not only that but in the current warm weather we’re having, she looks so comfortable in breezy oversized dresses. I especially love how she breaks up an all-black outfit perfectly with the right accessories all in the same hue.

 

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Serving up neutral basics with a side of @carlacolour ? ? (Tagged items gifted)

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Brittany Bathgate (@brittanybathgate)

I love Brittany’s androgynous style. She’ll often wear silhouettes that I would never reach for, combining them in interesting and unique ways, like an oversized blazer with a midi-skirt. She features some of my favourite Scandi brands such as Cos and Arket and is an expert at re-working a piece you may have seen her wear multiple times. With each outfit she delivers something new and fresh. Her amazing interiors and photography are just as inspiring.

Lindsey Holland (@ropesofholland)

 

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Double denim with a side of knitwear, in June ? (shirt & jeans gifted)

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Lindsey’s style is super-casual so expect lots of denim and white T-shirts. It’s easy to overlook simpler outfits, but Lindsey’s feed always reminds me that sometimes throwing on a pair of great jeans, a T-shirt and a favourite pair of trainers can look just as polished as an outfit I’ve spent ages pondering over.

 

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The new shirt collection from @modern_society_london is ?? Shirt & sunglasses – gifts

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Lizzy Hadfield (@shotfromthestreet)

 

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Some recent photos from the blog this week ? @isaacmarleymorgan (blazer is gifted)

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Oh how we would love to root around Lizzy Hadfield’s blazer collection! She pairs them with everything; a short dress with heels for a night out, over a shirt and jeans with loafers for a real 1990’s vibe, or with shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers in summer. Oversized is the key here, as it adds to the effortlessness of the look and gives a masculine edge to the most girly of outfits.

Anna Newton (@theannaedit)

Anna takes minimal dressing to a whole new level. Her capsule wardrobe videos are some of my favourites to watch as she makes decisions on which pieces to add, remove or purchase. She always has a great base of good jeans, silky shirts and knitwear that can look casual or dressy and be styled in a myriad of ways. Anna also chooses her pieces carefully and invests in what she knows will last her for many seasons to come.

Tara Marzuki (@tarmarz)

 

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a @toteme forever classic

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Tara is a great example of someone who can follow a trend but put your own personal spin on it. For example, she manages to style trend pieces such as bicycle shorts, cropped tops, chunky trainers and slip dresses in a way that is still very ‘her’ and super minimal. The Cork native, now living in New York, dresses for the NYC heat in both a practical and stylish way (no mean feat given the temperatures). We love her tonal dressing and how she can make all black look like something we haven’t seen before.

 

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friday night feels ?

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Do you think basics are boring?

Sometimes people hear the word ‘basics’ and the word boring springs to mind. But really it’s all about how you style them:

  • Go tonal, and block your outfit as all one colour – this looks particularly great if it’s a neutral or all-white (black is too easy)
  • Choose your basics wisely; a white shirt with an interesting collar or pocket detail; a T-shirt with an unusual sleeve or texture to it
  • The right accessories will elevate minimal basics to something more chic and refined
  • Get creative with your silhouette and layer items in different and unexpected ways
  • Invest in good quality and you’ll be more excited to wear a piece, as you’ll have spent time saving up and choosing it, rather than just casually adding to your basket


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