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.
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.
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