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Call it quiet luxury, minimalism, or capsule-wardrobe dressing, this trend dominated not only the spring runways but our shopping carts too. This low-key yet very much still elevated approach to luxury is thanks to the pared-back designs of brands like The Row, Khaite, Toteme, and more. Per the latter, we’re investing in sleek pairs of denim and minimalist handbags to crisp shirting and nonchalant trousers over those more buzzy It items like never before. With an entire emphasis on essentials, crafting a quiet-luxury look should be an easy task to tackle. This summer, we’re mapping out eight must-have minimalist outfits that are perfectly polished—and elegant enough for every day.
Vogue’s Quiet-Luxury Wish List:
- The Linen Suit Vest: Brunello Cucinelli linen button-front gilet, $2,950
- The Longline Denim Skirt: Alice + Olivia Rye denim maxiskirt, $375
- The Lightweight Trench Coat: Another Tomorrow double-breasted trench coat, $1,950
- The Power Shirt: Bottega Veneta layered shirt, $2,100
- The Nonchalant Trouser: The Row Bufus pleated pants, $1,490
- The Cinched-Waist Blazer: Proenza Schouler jacquard peplum blazer, $2,290
- The It Bag: DeMellier New York shoulder bag, $456
- The Luxe Loafer: Khaite Pippen two-tone loafers, $780
- The Baggy Jeans: Agolde low-slung baggy jeans, $208
- The Statement Sunnies: Saint Laurent Eyewear Sulpice sunglasses, $420
When it comes to relaxed refinement, a tailored suit vest is a traditionally menswear garment worth borrowing from the boys. Fit for summer, Brunello Cucinelli’s linen waistcoat adds a depth of formality to any minimalist outfit. Style it with J.Crew’s pleated midiskirt, croc-embellished loafers from Emme Parsons, and Hunting Seaon’s oversized raffia tote. Proenza Schouler’s cinched-waist blazer is another menswear-inspired item worth noting. Dress the staple up this summer with Matteau’s satin slip skirt and minimalist mesh flats from Dear Frances.
A lightweight trench coat, like Another Tomorrow’s off-white offering, is a timeless transitional wardrobe essential. Styling-wise, keep it cool and casual by layering a James Perse tank top underneath and finishing the look off with High Sport’s coveted cropped black pants. Sleek pairs of jeans are quiet luxury staples, whether it’s Agolde’s low-slung baggy denim or Khaite’s straight-leg Danielle style. Speaking of denim, longline jean skirts graced the spring (and fall) runways from Altuzarra to Choé, making a case for the minimalist maxi. Start with Alice + Olivia’s denim maxiskirt and top the look off with the Frankie Shop’s beige Gelso blazer and a linen shirt from Aexae. Another way to achieve understated elegance this summer? An It bag from DeMellier, styled with Beare Park’s crisp shirtdress and a pair of The Row flip-flops.
Below, shop eight minimalist outfits that are quietly luxurious—and stand the test of time.
The Suit Vest With a Pleated Midiskirt
Summer shopping tip? Invest in the linen suit vest. From Brunello Cucinelli, style the menswear-inspired staple with J.Crew’s pleated midiskirt. Then, complete the look with croc-embellished loafers from Emme Parsons and Hunting Season’s oversized raffia tote. Meanwhile, sunnies from Saint Laurent and John Hardy’s silver chain necklace are masterfully minimal by design.
The Longline Denim Skirt With a Linen Overshirt
Any summer capsule wardrobe consists of at least one or more longline denim skirts. Style Alice + Olivia’s minimalist maxi with the Frankie Shop’s beige Gelso Blazer and Aexae’s oversized linen shirt. Other sleek accessories include Everlane’s Endless Summer sandals and Aesther Ekme’s slouchy shoulder bag.
The Lightweight Trench Coat With a Kitten Heel
A lightweight trench coat is not just reserved for the spring season. Fit for summer, Another Tomorrow’s off-white offering is the chicest blank canvas. Style with James Perse’s timeless tank and High Sport’s cropped black pants. Seasonal accessory stars include The Row’s Park tote and Toteme’s kitten heels.
The Power Shirt With Baggy Jeans
The power of a crisp button-up shirt should never be underestimated—and Bottega Veneta’s two-toned style should be a staple in any summer wardrobe. Dress down with a classic Hanes white tee and baggy Agolde jeans. To finish the look, metallic ballet flats from Porte & Paire are the perfect match to Bottega Veneta’s silver Cassette bag.
The It Bag With a Daytime Dress
While a wardrobe of quiet luxury leans heavily on elevated essentials, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for those irresistible It items either. Enter DeMellier’s New York midi tote bag. Style the covetable tote with Beare Park’s polished shirtdress and summertime accessories, like Cos’s woven bucket hat, The Row’s Ginza sandals, and festive jewels from Paola Sighinolfi.
The Nonchalant Trouser With a Striped Tee
A nonchalant, nondescript trouser, like this pair from The Row, is the ultimate piece of quiet luxury. Pop some welcome color with Ralph Lauren’s striped Breton tee and Max Mara’s khaki cropped trench coat. Barely-there sandals from Khaite are also right on theme.
The Cinched-Waist Blazer With Little Black Accessories
While a blazer is a consistent wardrobe mainstay, this season, we’re gravitating towards more feminine, cinched-waist styles, like this one from Proenza Schouler. For chic cocktail attire, pair with Matteau’s satin maxiskirt and mesh ballet flats from Dear Frances. Complete the look with Reformation’s just-released black handbag.
The Sleek Jeans With a Luxe Loafer
Denim on the runways isn’t a new concept, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less refreshing to see. Of the sleekest styles, Khaite’s Danielle straight-leg jeans are hard to miss. Double the denim and wear it with Mother’s overshirt. Finish the look with smoking loafers, also from Khaite, and Loewe’s raffia basket bag.