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Minimalist Style Tips for Summer

As the weather warms up, everyone wants to know what to wear to keep cool while still looking chic. The answer is simple: Go minimal. It's effortless, clean, and easy to pull off. Follow these basic rules and you'll breeze right through the summer.

1. Pare it down. Minimalism is all about simplicity (e.g., a crisp white shirt, black dress pants, and white sneakers).

2. Keep your look tonal by matching your colors. The shades can vary slightly if you want. For a bolder statement, mix contrasting colors in the same outfit, but always remember rule No. 1.

3. The cut of your pieces doesn't have to be severe. You can achieve a minimal look with looser-cut items, like a T-shirt or chinos, as well.

4. Yes, you can wear it to work. If you're wearing a suit, lose the tie and button the top button of your dress shirt.

Peruse the runway-approved ensembles below for more inspiration.

—Matthew Marden, (@DetailsMatt), market director at Details


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Calvin Klein Collection

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Dries van Noten

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Givenchy

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Also on Details.com:
Fashion Special: Minimalism
First Look: Burberry's Spring 2013 Pre-Collection
Street Style: The Well-Tailored Lawyer

Top photo: Alexander Wang. All other photos courtesy of the respective labels.
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