Breathe New Life into Minimalist Dressing

Here are five ways to keep things simple—and look sleekly fabulous.

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1. Try the season's skinny flare trousers

One of the coolest things about this sexy, '70s-inspired shape: It makes your legs seem a mile long.

Michael Waring

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• Choose a pair with stretch that's fitted through the thigh.
• The hem should graze the floor to underline the effect.
• Keep the proportions up top slim, simple, and tailored.
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2. Create drama with a big collar

A jacket with architectural flair lends an element of romance—and also happens to be great for playing down a bigger bust or a thick torso.
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• Choose a motorcycle or peacoat style that hits just below the waist.
• Counter the collar's volume with a slick mini or pencil skirt.
• Shoes should have a tough vibe—they'll anchor the entire look.

Michael Waring

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3. Add a pop of color

One bright shade—in a small dose—energizes all this sleekness.
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• The colorful item must maintain the same streamlined silhouette.
• Avoid prints—put one on and we're not talking minimal anymore.
• Razor-sharp tailoring is key for the other pieces in the outfit.
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4. Go for leather

Both luxe and badass, it provides texture and instant complexity.

Michael Waring

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• Choose a piece that's thin and supple to maintain a slim line.
• Though a skirt or pants are an always wise investment, consider something unexpected, like a dress.
• Fit is key; keep things body-skimming.
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5. Break it up with something sheer

Used as a layer, a translucent shirt brings a hit of sex appeal (without actually revealing a thing).
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• Black is the best bet, since it's still restrained and elegant.
• Skip anything tight—the shape should be loose and oversize.
• For the boldest effect, wear it over white.

Michael Waring

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