5 Key Pieces To Help You Nail The ‘Sophisticated Minimalism’ Trend

Because sometimes less is more.

Most trends come and go. But after dominating TikTok and the style set for the better part of a year, it seems that ‘quiet luxury’ is well and truly here to stay—and we’re not mad about it.  

Championed by it-girls like Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Sofia Richie, the fashion aesthetic is all about styling with elevated, polished basics. Think timeless accessories, tailored neutrals and investment pieces that forgo flashy logos for ‘iykyk’ clout.   

Here, the style staples you need to embrace sophisticated minimalism in your own wardrobe.  

Wear Everywhere Accessories

Crafting a chic, pared-back wardrobe begins with timeless accessories. Whether it’s a beautiful silk scarf or a sleek leather belt, opt for versatile pieces that can easily match any outfit.

As for ‘sophisticated minimalism’ jewellery, add in understated, elegant pieces that accentuate your appearance rather than overpower it. Look for expert craftmanship, quality materials and intricate design details.

The Pandora Moments Studded Chain bracelet features new metal finishes in silver, gold and rose gold tones to suit every style and complexion. Like a fresh canvas, the textured chain can be personalised with charms or kept simple for everyday wear. 

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The sophisticated Pandora Moments Studded Chain is an everyday jewellery essential, from $269. (Credit: Photo: Supplied)

Our favourite feature? The bracelet’s intricate clasp design includes a hand-finished metal heart with an infinity symbol at its centre, proving that this is an accessory to last forever and always.

Ballet Flats

If you haven’t heard, ballet flats are back and we couldn’t be more excited. This time around, the noughties favourite is being reworked with a square toe, dainty bows, crystal embellishments and elevated materials like mesh netting (à la Christopher Esber).

Whatever style you choose to wear, ballet slippers are comfortable, lowkey and versatile—making them a must-have addition to a minimalist wardrobe.   

Tailored Neutrals

For sophisticated style that transcends trends and seasons, turn to tailored neutrals. Perfect tailoring inspired by menswear styles can help sharpen and highlight your silhouette, while a neutral colour palette brings everything together for a cohesive look.   

And don’t forget to check the fabric composition before adding to cart. High quality fabrics (like 100 per cent wool, silk and organic cotton) are not only durable, but they also affect how a piece feels and drapes on your body, taking a classic white tee from basic to luxurious.  

Whether it’s tailored trousers, a crisp white button-up or a clean black blazer, don’t be afraid to mix and match with more feminine, relaxed pieces to spin your own twist on the trend.

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Pair a cinched-waist blazer with tailored trousers for sophisticated minimalism at its finest. (Credit: Photo: Friend of Audrey)

The Trophy Bag

Forget bold hues or the logomania craze (prints and primary colours are often quick to date, challenging to style, and draw attention from your overall aesthetic). Instead, opt for classic monochrome arm candy in black, camel or coffee brown that stands out for its structure and craftmanship.

Whether your go-to handbag is a carryall, a tote or a shoulder bag, make it discreet for a subtle ‘iykyk’ look, taking cues from designer labels The Row and Bottega Veneta.

Statement Sunglasses

No outfit is complete without a pair of face-framing sunglasses—especially if you’re aiming for an effortless, ‘I just threw this on’ vibe. Statement sunglasses don’t just shield your eyes from the glaring sun on your daily commute, they can also add a new dimension or a hint of glamour to an otherwise pared-back look. 

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The queen of minimalist dressing, Sofia Richie styles a pair of statement sunglasses with a ballerina’s bun. (Credit: Photo: Getty)

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