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The minimalist wardrobe

Ever dreamed of a minimalist wardrobe? One that contains all your essentials, organised to perfection and ideally matched to one another, a perfect representation of your stylish self? So do we, and at Galvan, minimalism is at the core of our design DNA.

A minimalist wardrobe is comprised of elegantly unfussy outfits, no-frills staples that are effortless in their style yet impactful enough to be worn with little to no accessorising. A minimalist approach to dressing requires you to identify the right colours and cuts for you and focus on these so that everything you own forms a coherent ensemble that is at once timeless yet modern.

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The minimalist wardorbe

Ever dreamed of a minimalist wardrobe? One that contains all your essentials, organised to perfection and ideally matched to one another, a perfect representation of your stylish self? So do we, and at Galvan, minimalism is at the core of our design DNA.

A minimalist wardrobe is comprised of elegantly unfussy outfits, no-frills staples that are effortless in their style yet impactful enough to be worn with little to no accessorising. A minimalist approach to dressing requires you to identify the right colours and cuts for you and focus on these so that everything you own forms a coherent ensemble that is at once timeless yet modern.

The key to make a minimalist wardrobe interesting and unique is to incorporate personal details, fine fabrics and luxe textures, to contrast the clean cuts and pared-down silhouettes. A V neck black slip dress is elegant in its simplicity, but elevated by mismatched pearl earrings that bring personality to the overall look. A plain satin skirt in creamy nude is a beauty it itself, but add a chunky oversized knit to it to make it uniquely yours.

Thoughtful styling can bring an outfit to life: whether it is the turn of a shirt cuff, a scarf knot at the waist, or a matching co-ord in a pastel hue. The trick is to know when to stop with styling and accessorising. Coco Chanel famously declared that you should always remove one accessory before leaving your house. No more, no less.

10 essential for a minimalist wardrobe

We have rounded up a checklist comprising 10 essentials to build a minimalist wardrobe. Of course, you can add and subtract to this with your personal must-haves — from the white cotton shirt to the perfect denim jacket, the boyfriend jeans to the chic gold hoop earrings, the ideal black pointed ballerina pumps and your dream clutch bag. A minimalist wardrobe doesn’t have to be a capsule wardrobe, meaning it can be as little or as large as you wish, so long as you respect your own style commandments. So without further ado, here is our list of key essentials to invest in now to treat your closet to a minimalist revamp:

  1. 1. The unusual LBD: this minimalist little black dress has all the wow factor but none of the frills. A true closet staple for the minimalist minded amongst us.
  1. 2. The ethereal jumpsuit: the very essence of minimalism, this pure white wrap jumpsuit ticks every box and is a timeless classic.
  1. 3. The tailored jumpsuit: arguably the most iconic Galvan piece of all, our signature Corset Jumpsuit is a foundational piece for any minimalist wardrobe.
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  3. 4.The chic trench: quintessentially minimalist, this liquid satin essential is as pared-down as they come.
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  5. 5. The power suit: Mean business in a sharply tailored yet ultra-chic trouser suit. Our modern single breasted blazer and slashed trousers are minimalist basics.
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  7. 6. The lounge suit: A powerfully feminine uniform of fluid satin, the Julianne suit spells impeccable tailoring and meticulous taste. This open front blazer features effortless wide sleeves, a cocooning length and sharp lapels - the definition of modern suiting.
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  9. 7. The evening jumpsuit: Minimal needn’t be boring, with our triple textured Tuxedo jumpsuit combining velvet, crepe and tulle for magical evenings.
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  11. 8. The summer co-ord: summer is notoriously tricky for minimalists, as florals, prints and brights abound. But this delicately striped linen skirt co-ord hits the note, with just the right amount of details like a buckled belt and tangerine piping.
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  13. 9. The knitted dress: 90’s to a tee, this sleek body con number recalls the Kate Moss years and will delight any minimalist-lover.
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  15. 10. The bright silk cocktail number: who said minimalist had to be synonymous with monochrome? This juicy raspberry satin slip is a minimalist dream for Spring weddings and summer soirées.

Minimalist muses

Who best to show us their minimalist tips & tricks than our Galvan muses? Arizona Muse is the poster girl for minimalist style in this fuchsia Galvan slip, just perfect for the ELLE Style Awards. Candice Swanepoel rocks a jungle green number in the classic Galvan V neck signature dress, on a Vogue photoshoot. We just love Athena Calderone in the ultimate LBD, super chic like her dreamy interiors. A Galvan girl at heart, Martha Hunt is minimalist perfection in the Roxy one-shoulder dress. Ideal from the boardroom to cocktails, the Julianne lounge suit in cinnamon looks like it was made for our girl crush Gemma Chan. What do they have in common? A no-nonsense, minimalist approach to dressing which focuses on tailoring, cut and luxe fabrics over embellishment, punctuated with barely-there accessories.

Last word of advice, building a minimalist wardrobe takes time, so don’t rush it and do it right. You will reap rewards for years to come, and make getting ready much easier in the mornings. Finally, investing in quality essentials means you must care for your cherished pieces well, taking the most delicate styles to the dry cleaner, having them tailored to fit and other small repairs and maintenance required. Enjoy the process, and become a minimalist convert!

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Alizé Wilkinson

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Alizé manages communications and content at Galvan. Over the past 12 years, she has worked in the fashion, jewellery and arts worlds, following a stint as a writer for Le Monde. Born in France, she lives in London with her British husband and two toddler daughters. As well as a growing collection of slip dresses, Alizé collects embellished knitwear, vintage textiles and international magazines. Her other interests include Marc Chagall, Gustave Flaubert and periwinkle hydrangeas.