OK so maximalism might be having a moment, but if you’re in the less-is-more mindset, you’ll be looking for effortless athleisure outfits to see you straight into the New Year. Building blocks that make up the foundation of your wardrobe, these are the investment pieces you’ll come back to time and time again. But minimalism doesn’t mean basic—far from it. Beyond muted hues and simple silhouettes, modern minimalism is a fully evolved look that you can break a sweat in—or wear for a low-key hangout.
If you’re searching for looks that are all about quietly impactful confidence, you’ll want to check out these fresh styles featuring neutrals, understated accents and timeless designs that deliver with every wear.
START WITH LOW-KEY TOPS
For an elevated approach powered by unexpected details, minimalist pro Victoria Beckham’s collection ticks all the boxes. Take the seamless crop top, for example. Its clean, structured silhouette reveals a contrast V-panel detail and wide waistband to keep the look oh-so-fierce. For the T-back bra, similar minimalist principles apply—classic at the front and edgy at the back, this bra adds just the right amount of interest without compromising its sporty, functional form.
Minimalist tops come in way more than flat neutral colors these days; in fact, color-blocking designs bring a surprising low-key twist to the equation, with understated pieces like this padded bra top. In either vector navy or stucco black with complementing lighter straps, these are easy minimalist pieces you can style solo or under any top.
While simplicity rules, that’s not to say you can’t push the envelope with a more luxe approach to fabrics. Style this dark jewel tone velour Classics Sweatshirt with sleek black leggings and heels, and you have an elevated take on minimalism that’s evening-appropriate.
Of course, stocking up on the more purist styles is always key in the minimalist playbook. Take a classic tee, crop it, add a wide sleeve and give it a boxier silhouette—served in black or frost berry, this will be your go-to for any occasion both on and off the mat.
Minimalism 101 means you need to own a pair (or more) of black leggings. If you want to work them with a little attitude, add a mesh panel like these lux high-rise performance leggings or for an envelope-pushing take, try the ombre effect of these black-to-grey United By Fitness leggings. Extra points if you make it a matching minimalist set with the crop top, too.
Minimalist purists may argue that prints aren’t technically in the mix, but this season’s monochrome splatter leggings hit a little differently. A great styling piece to work with a same-colored top, they have the perfect balance of impact and refined style that just works. You can apply a minimalist mindset to shorts, too: These classic legging shorts in black or grey are a versatile styling piece you can wear with a blazer, a T-shirt or a sports bra.
For a more relaxed silhouette, you really can’t go wrong with several pairs of reliable, comfortable joggers in fleece or cotton. Natural Dye Fleece pants in a pared-down blue make the perfect antidote to black, white, grey or navy. Demonstrating that the silhouette matters even in loungewear, Les Mills Non Dye French Terry pants elevate the classic jogger cut by cropping and widening the leg to deliver chic styling potential.
When it comes to what you wear on your feet, keep it simple and striking with classics like these box-fresh Classic Leather kicks. Icons for good reason, these go-with-anything sneakers are minimalist fan favorites. Take things up a level with the Club C 85s—the retro vibe mingles with a thoroughly modern mood to make these sneaker staples you’ll wear on repeat.
Once you’ve nailed the classics, it’s time to add in some other pared-down details. For a truly tonal look, Classic Nylon keeps it cool and contemporary, with some serious ’90s attitude. If you’re after a more impactful edge on minimalism without making a big splash, the Classics Leather AZ, with its contrasting textures and colors, offers a multitude of monochrome or muted effects.