When hundreds of people are vying for dozens of photographers’ attention before and after a show, it’s easy to see why attention-grabbing outfits are the norm at fashion weeks across the land. Bold colors, It accessories, prints, trend upon trend, and clashing styles are the street style norm, but I’ve found there to be a bit of a shift over the past few seasons.
Pared-down, low-key outfits that are polished and chic as opposed to casual are creeping back in, so minimalism lovers can rejoice. Pieces such as trench coats, pleated trousers, nipped-in blazers, black dresses, and straight-leg jeans are standing out among a sea of maximalist outfits (the fashion-week term to define those looks is “peacocking”) as of late.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with peacocking if that suits one’s aesthetic, but the difference when it comes to these anti-trend outfits is that they translate seamlessly to real life. Yes, you will spot some trends among the looks I’ve rounded up below, but they tend to be subtle and are paired with basics instead of other trendy pieces.
With that, keep scrolling to see some of the best standout anti-trend looks from New York, London, Milan, and Paris and shop anti-trend pieces for your own wardrobe.