Although Alessandro Michele makes a compelling case for more-is-more, some of us will always be drawn to restrained, clean designs. These labels are proving that minimal style doesn’t have to boring or unimaginative.  


This L.A.-based label shows that minimalism and ruffles aren’t mutually exclusive. Everything is crafted from deadstock vintage fabrics, giving the clothes a nostalgic feel. 



Matteau Swim

For those of you who prefer your bikini free of palm fronds and hibiscus blooms, there’s Aussie brand Matteau Swim, known for basic maillots and high-waisted swim bottoms in a palette of black, grey and white. 




Designed by Catherine Holstein, Khaite is a balance of the masculine and feminine. Fans of the capsule wardrobe concept will find that pieces in the line, from structured shirt dresses to fitted denim, compliment one another perfectly. 



Toit Volant

Alnea Farahbella’s label Toit Volant is made in the USA with a commitment to sustainable sourcing and manufacturing practices. The pre-spring 2017 collection is full of reworked takes on shirting, like this striped jumpsuit with a high collar. 




Designed in Arts District of Downtown L.A., this California-cool label balances a laid-back sensibility with a distinctly urban vibe. Think of it as minimalism that doesn’t feel stark. 

This Montreal-based label keeps production local (the clothes are sewn in Montreal and some of the fabrics are printed in North America) and its ethos is similar to most of the other brands in this list: to let the individual add personality to the clothes.

Another L.A. brand with a dedication to North American manufacturing and sustainability, 5-year-old Shaina Mote is known for architectural, un-adorned basics and fluid silhouettes. If you could live your life without ever donning a polka dot or cheery stripe, the neutral colours in this line are made for you.



Black Crane

Founded by Tokyo-to-L.A. transplants Alexander Yamaguchi and Momoko Suzuki, Black Crane is an edgier, more street-wise take on minimalism – think cocoon dresses and wrap trousers with subtle origami and kimono inspiration. Solange is a fan.