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 2020. 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.
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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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