Dan Ahwa is fashion editor for Viva and Canvas magazines.

Fashion: Sharp shooter

Elegant and fuss-free, these clean-cut pieces will have you looking sharp and ready for winter.
The Row, pre-fall 2017.
The Row, pre-fall 2017.

What to do when fashion's current obsession is all things gilded baroque? If you're not one for the flounce and frippery seen in recent seasons, you can always go the other way.

Pragmatic 90s minimalism is a trend that's often quietly sitting in the background, waiting to save the day with its calm sense of measured elegance, the perfect fall-back when you're after a clean slate or having doubts on what to wear.

Proenza Schouler, pre-fall 2017.
Proenza Schouler, pre-fall 2017.

Pieces that do all the work for you and require little thought; from sharp tailored blazers with neat shoulders to voluminous dresses, belted at the waist. And don't confuse minimalist with boring either; interesting fabrics and silhouettes add plenty of interest to faithful beige and black separates. Then again, why not throw a bold primary hue into the mix? You'll be pleasantly surprised with results, commanding everyone's undivided attention in the process.

Stockists: Dr Martens (09) 373 1460, Dyrberg Kern (09) 376 9989, H&M 0800 406 700, Lonely (09) 522 1566, Matches matchesfashion.com, Max (09) 303 4549, Mi Piaci (09) 845 6428, Moochi (09) 373 9823, Muse (09) 520 2911, Ruby (09) 376 8674, Smith & Caughey's (09) 377 4770, Storm (09) 361 6098, Well Made Clothes wellmadeclothes.co.nz. Pictures: Supplied

Ruby belt $99. H&M Conscious Exclusive top $80. Dr Martens Chelsea boot $399. Moochi wrap top $280.
Ruby belt $99. H&M Conscious Exclusive top $80. Dr Martens Chelsea boot $399. Moochi wrap top $280.
DKNY watch, $299, from Smith & Caughey's. Dyrberg Kern hoop earrings $149. Holly Ryan sterling silver 18-carat gold-plated necklace, $408, from Well Made Clothes. Mi Piaci handbag $320.
DKNY watch, $299, from Smith & Caughey's. Dyrberg Kern hoop earrings $149. Holly Ryan sterling silver 18-carat gold-plated necklace, $408, from Well Made Clothes. Mi Piaci handbag $320.
Tibi coat, $1995, from Muse. Lemaire skirt, about $470, from Matches. Max coat $250.  Storm pants $179. Lonely dress $275.
Tibi coat, $1995, from Muse. Lemaire skirt, about $470, from Matches. Max coat $250. Storm pants $179. Lonely dress $275.

- Canvas

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf02 at 26 May 2017 12:10:41 Processing Time: 365ms