‘Quiet Luxury’ Is Having A Moment || Here’s Everything you Need to know
Nothing stays the same in the fashion world. But when it comes to luxury, while the fundamental categorization of luxury has generally remained consistent over time, with the concept being associated with high quality, exclusivity, and a sense of indulgence, in 2023, the aesthetics of luxury have undergone a notable shift. There has been a growing emphasis on minimalism, simplicity, and understated elegance. The focus has shifted towards quality craftsmanship, exceptional materials, and timeless designs that stand the test of time.
Enter “quiet luxury,” the trend that is making waves in 2023, permeating our social media feeds and dominating the runways of Autumn/Winter collections.
What Is Quiet Luxury?
It is similar to the minimalist movement in terms of championing a neutral color palette and rejecting logos. Simply put, quiet luxury can be described as a contemporary form of minimalism that places greater emphasis on investing in timeless and high-quality wearable pieces that seamlessly work with the rest of your wardrobe and adopting mindful shopping practices.
If you still feel a bit confused, it’s okay, quiet luxury isn’t an easy aesthetic to pull off. I found it easier to understand when I thought of luxury as a result of harmony. The harmony of color palettes, textures, and shapes. A home or an outfit feels luxurious when it emanates a clear style.
For instance, think of actress Katie Holmes’ outfit, when she was wearing a Khaite cardigan and bralette in a calming oatmeal color. You can likely picture it in your mind as if you’re looking at it right now. Her outfit exuded effortless style and refined authenticity, resonating deeply with us.
So, What Are The Rules for Mastering The Look?
No, the trick doesn’t involve spending a fortune (although it may be the case for some people) or adorning oneself in high-end designer ensembles. Achieving an expensive style and embracing quiet luxury can be accomplished by following three simple rules: investing in timeless, high-quality garments, opting for monochromatic color schemes, and avoiding overt displays of logos.
Think of an outfit that is simple but never boring, an outfit that embraces the rule of “less is more” without taking away from appealing design details such as unique silhouettes and signature fabrics. It could be a battered Hermès Kelly bag paired with a Max Mara investment coat thrown over a well-worn pair of vintage jeans. It’s an art that requires practice and refinement.
Within the realm of fashion, there exist notable brands that will help you a lot to achieve this tricky look like Max Mara, The Row, Marella, Totême, and Tove. These brands have successfully established themselves by catering to a devoted clientele who prioritize sophisticated craftsmanship rather than bold and conspicuous logos.
Now, let’s explore some key pieces that will help you create your own “quiet luxury” look:
Before we list the pieces you need to know that when curating your collection of quiet luxury style pieces, you need to opt for items that possess enduring appeal, are effortlessly wearable, crafted with exceptional quality, and serve as the epitome of elevated essentials. Here are a few pieces to help you start:
1 || The Cinched-Waist Blazer
Traditionally associated with timeless men’s fashion, the blazer has always held a coveted spot in every wardrobe. However, this season, our focus shifts towards blazers that embrace more feminine accents, particularly in the form of cinched-waist silhouettes. These stylish adaptations inject a renewed sense of sophistication and allure into this classic attire.
2 || The Clean-Lined Skirts
No spring wardrobe is complete without a beautiful maxi skirt. This season the clean-lined skirts are having a moment. Wear them with a crisp button-up or an on-trend tank top.
3 || The Soft Jean
The soft, sleek wide-leg jean was the hero piece on 2023’s runways. Having a denim piece on the list always makes things easier and more refreshing. Don’t you agree?
4 || The Relaxed-Fit Trousers
The nonchalant trousers can make any outfit look so effortless. So get one or two 😉
5 || The Elevated Essentials
When it comes to indispensable elevated essentials that deserve a permanent spot in your wardrobe, few items can rival the timeless appeal of a plain white tee or a classic tank top.
6 || The Loafer
The luxe loafer will instantly put you in the mood for ‘quiet luxury’, what are you waiting for?
7 || The Not-So-Basic Shirts
Never underestimate the power of a button-up shirt. wear yours with a polished midi skirt or tucked into tailored trousers. The styling options are endless.
8 || The Biker Alternative
You need a soft piece of leather in the capsule. Opt for more tailored styles and you’re good to go.
9 || The Simple Yet Statement Sunnies
No accessory collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of a pair of stylish yet understated sunglasses. The Saint Laurent SS23 collection showcased the versatility of black sunglasses, pairing them effortlessly with nearly every outfit to create a strong and subtle impact. Brands such as Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Celine also offer sunglasses that make a statement, allowing you to express your personal style with confidence.
10 || The IT Bag
Quiet elegance is the name of the 2023 bag game. Make sure to choose a timeless style to complete your capsule.