If you think defining your own personal style is difficult, imagine what it’s like for a celebrity. Designers quite literally throw themselves (okay, their garments) at the A-list 24/7, and having so many options at their disposal must be overwhelming.
I’m not saying this problem equates to that of political strife or gender inequality, but personally speaking, I’d struggle to maintain my outfit identity if suddenly the world’s most sought-after clothes were at my disposal. That’s why I think it’s so easy to sniff out a star who dresses the way they want to dress, as opposed to what stylists would have them wear.
No style set is more headstrong than minimalists. When your career calls for you to wear lavish gowns more frequently than jeans, it’s little wonder the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé utilize every opportunity to make a bold statement. However, with the minimalist movement more prolific than ever before, we thought it was high time we gave minimalist style icons the space they deserve.
Of course, we can appreciate all styles, but we’re particularly inspired by those who choose simplicity over standing out, and whose wardrobes consist of clean lines as opposed to tulle and taffeta. Because style is so much more than wearing the first expensive dress that comes your way.
For this, I delved deep into the fashion archives to bring you the best pared-back dressers from the ’60s right up to 2019. From Françoise Hardy and Audrey Hepburn to ’80s It girls like Winona Ryder and Iman, keep scrolling to see the greatest minimalist style icons of all time.
Style Notes: Serving as a PR for Calvin Klein during its ’90s reign, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy was the epitome of pared-back chic. Sleek tailoring, midi skirts, and accessories The Row would design today were her go-to—even for the lavish state dinners she’d attend with her husband, John F. Kennedy Jr.
Style Notes: Cate Blanchett is elegance personified, equally confident in a couture gown as she is in suiting. Her eye for simple silhouettes is unrivaled.
Style Notes: While much of young Hollywood default to body-cons and short hemlines, Elizabeth Olsen stands out from the crowd. Sure, Ashley and Mary-Kate may be her (ridiculously stylish) older siblings, but Elizabeth’s love of oversize cuts and androgynous separates is all her own.
Style Notes: In the ’60s, Françoise dominated the French music scene for the best part of the decade and became one of the most influential women in the industry. However, her influence also spread to fashion. Androgynous to the bone, her uniform consisted of shirting, tailored trousers,