Feel like taking it easy? Then you need these 15 perfect minimalist picks. Happy long weekend, lovelies!
WHY YOU NEED IT | The lace-up shirt is everything right now but before you say it's too, um, overexposed for your taste, consider this: you can tie it up tight or leave it loose, leaving you to decide how much (or how little) you show off. Wear it with shorts or as a cute cover-up for those lazy August weekends.
WE LOVE | Shirt with Lacing, $14.99, H&M
WHY YOU NEED IT | Minimalists everywhere are ditching their heavy padded bras for light little bralettes, prompting BuzzFeed and Bazaar to declare the end of the add-2-cup-sizes super bra. Whether you go for sporty or sexy lace, you'll love the freedom a bralette brings. Oh, and ps, a bright bralette looks cute peeking out under your tanks or summer dresses, too.
WE LOVE | Mesh Lace Bralette, $36, Aerie
WHY YOU NEED IT | Wardrobe in need of a mid-summer boost? Either opt for a floaty striped cotton cold-shoulder or a stretchy off-the-shoulder tee , then pair it up with black culottes or jean shorts.
WE LOVE | Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $29.99, H&M
WHY YOU NEED THEM | Minimalism is all about clean lines, which is why these metallic shades are so simply stunning. The mirrored gold shades with matching thin gold frames will add just that perfect bit of sparkle to your summer neutrals.
WHY YOU NEED THEM | If you already fell in love with culottes last season , then now's the perfect time to try a new take. These rumpled and flowy culottes are a breezy & beautiful option whether you wear them to the office with a blazer or on date night with a crop top .
WHY YOU NEED IT | If you lived through the '90s, you've probably rocked a few bodysuits in your day. If you didn't, now's your time, you lucky thing. Wear this stretchy onesie with shorts, under overalls, or even with a flowy black maxi, no ballet lessons required.
WE LOVE | Lace-Up Bodysuit, $17.99, H&M
WHY YOU NEED IT | If you're ever worried about a minimal outfit being boring, sometimes all you need is that one statement piece. A vest will work wonders with all of your minimal things, adding swing, flow and texture to your tanks, stretchy skirts and slinky summer dresses.
WHY YOU NEED IT | Whether you're 25 or 55, a suede choker instantly marks you as in-the-know. While black chokers are bad-ass, we love this suede option to wear with for all of summer's bright whites and soft greys.
WE LOVE | Suede Choker, $15, ALDO
WHY YOU NEED IT | Sure, going for the statement top is always tempting, but have you taken stock of your basics lately? The RW&CO. Go-To camis drape perfectly and come in nearly every colour, so you might as well just get one of each, donate your others, and be done with it. P.S. - They also come in a spaghetti strap version if that's how you roll.
WE LOVE | V-Neck Woven Cami, $39.90, RW&CO.
WHY YOU NEED THEM | You don't have to be a baller to love the new Puma Fierce hi-tops. Since so much of today's minimalism has a sporty vibe, they'll play off all your separates perfectly. And if you just don't think you can make those happen (you're wrong but whatever), black Nike Free Run or Air Max Thea's are an equally cute option.
WHY YOU NEED THEM | From hot yoga to long walks in the Pokestop park, leggings are a must for minimalists on the go. You can go for plain black if you really want to play the part but we'll give you bonus points if you opt for Ivy Park (because Beyonce) or old-school Calvin Klein (because the '90s).
WE LOVE | Ivy Park Leggings, $88, Hudson's Bay
WHY YOU NEED IT | Other than a sports bra, what to wear with your black leggings? An extra long tee, of course. We love how adding a few inches instantly takes a basic tee into so-hip-it-hurts territory.
WE LOVE | Long Tee, $12.99, H&M
WHY YOU NEED IT | When faced with a heatwave, you need to take it easy. A button-front maxi can be worn from work to weekend and will always (always) look chic. One and done.
WHY YOU NEED THEM | Block heel sandals have been on celebrity feet all summer long, but with all of the python print, pop brights and gold heels, block party basics can sometimes be overlooked. I own these sandals and wear them more than all of my other summer shoes combined. They're comfortable and cute yet surprisingly sexy (a little red polish goes a long way) and some of the most comfortable heels I've ever owned. Plus the chic colour and silhouette make them look really expensive, which is always a bonus.
WE LOVE | Stacked Heel Sandal, $80, ALDO
WHY YOU NEED IT | Before too long, we'll have to cover up. This heatwave we're complaining about will turn into a deep freeze, at which point, we'll be begging for another heatwave and crying as we shove our legs into fleece tights and boots with our dresses. And so, let's all wear pretty dresses as long as we can. Because we can.
WE LOVE | Ribbed Cami Midi Dress, $54.95, GAP