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Minimalist vs. Maximalist

Caitlan Moneta -

This season, no single look leads the pack. Instead, the maximalist’s standout prints, vibrant colours and extra embellishments duke it out with the minimalist’s sleek silhouettes, monochromatic palette and timeless classics for the top spot. Luckily, there’s no wrong path to follow – all roads lead to stellar style. 

The Minimalist

Looking to streamline your look? There’s no better time to put pared down outfits to the test. Meet your new mantra: sleek, simple and sophisticated. 

A fitted turtleneck is a key investment this season. Adding swan-like elegance to everything from a boardroom blazer to Sunday denim, it works as a polished partner for almost any pairing. Marc Cain, Smythe, Line and Vince all make timeless options. 

Trousers require careful consideration too. Seek out this season’s straight legs with clean, flat-front finishes. Cambio’s restrained volume and Frame’s subtle pintuck are on point, and if you’re up for a jumpsuit, Chiara Boni’s fluid jersey number meets the mark.   

Chic toppers are essential for minimalists. Cinzia Rocca has made it her mission to cut classic coats that despite their simplicity, truly dazzle. Elevate even the simplest of looks with quiet details like hidden snaps, slit pockets, luxurious fabrics and a muted colour palette. 

The Maximalist

With a more-is-more lens firmly affixed, maximalists are fashion’s magpies – they are magnetically drawn to patterns, glitz and over-the-top silhouettes.  

Take Autumn Cashmere’s stunning sweaters for example. Intricate fair isle or tufts of tulle are par for the course when it comes to shopping for novelty knits.  

Jeans, too, are never just jeans. Mother satisfies even the most discerning eye with high-shine faux leather flares for dressier days and wide-leg raw hem blues for laid-back affairs.  

As the cold weather creeps in, outerwear becomes the most visible way to show off a taste for the ornate. Look to Parajumpers’ reversible sleeping bag coat for a striking statement in fuchsia, Vince’s teddy coat for a textural tour de force or Mackage’s carré wrap for sculptural sophistication.