Minimalist Clothing Brands for Men

July 27, 2020

When I work with  men in my personal styling services, part of the experience is finding their go-to brands so they know exactly where to shop and what styles to buy. 

These minimalist brands are perfect for successful, professional men who want effortless, timeless style. Here are my favorite minimalist clothing brands for men.

James Perse

WHAT

This is a premium Los Angeles-based brand that focuses on high-quality basics, which is the backbone of a man’s minimalist wardrobe. 

Perse’s men’s minimalist clothing line is inspired by his passion for “the elegant and the clean-line,” according to his biography. Luxurious fabrics allow men to enjoy put-together looks in casual and formal settings, which he calls “low maintenance high fashion.”

WHY: 

Clients have enjoyed these products because they get years of wear from these items. It’s also a great fit for men with an athletic body type. The line is inspired by West Coast living which integrates everyday casual items with that luxe LA vibe.

INSIDER STYLING TIP:  

This brand runs by number sizing rather than small, medium, large, etc. So, a 0 means XS, a 1 is a small, and so on, and clothing is true to size.

Theory

WHAT:  

Another top of the line minimalist clothing brand for men is Theory. 

Fit, fabric, and style and main goals of this brand, and they pair classic items with bolder colors and prints in their statement pieces–Both are necessary for a minimalist wardrobe. 

WHY:  

Theory is for men who want to dress better but also be comfortable at work, from business casual to more formal settings. 

They carry best-selling styles season after season and then offer more trend-driven items throughout the year- think seasonal colors and prints.

INSIDER STYLING TIP:  

When male clients ask for my favorite men’s pants, this is one of the brands I choose. 

One style I’m really loving for my clients is the Hunter Pant, which is a versatile choice for in and out of the office.

Reiss

WHAT:   

This UK brand was created in the 70’s as a menswear only brand, and their line is popular with celebrities, including Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, who chose a Reiss engagement dress. 

I also use their product with my men’s styling closet as we work to create a capsule wardrobe, as the brand offers investment pieces, including basics with a twist.

WHY:   

Their high-quality items focus on fit and versatility, and are perfect for men looking to leave a memorable impression but not to be the center of attention. 

INSIDER STYLING TIP: European brands are often more slim-fitting, so you may need to try on 1-2 sizes up from your normal size to get the right fit. 

After doing this once or twice, you will know how the brand fits your body in particular and will have an easy ordering process for the future.

Robert Barakett

WHAT:  

When my personal styling clients need a great shirt, this is my go-to brand. 

This Canadian company focuses mostly on tops (t-shirts, sweaters, and layering pieces) and every capsule wardrobe needs quality choices in each of these categories to make getting dressed a simple process. 

“Premium style, luxury fabric, and refined hues,” are the brand’s focus, according to their site, and they focus on fashion choices for men who want a “sophisticated, quiet confidence.”

 

WHY:   

 I appreciate a brand that knows what they are good at and focuses on perfecting the art of that specific specialty, and for Robert Barakett, it is tops only. 

Not every brand can be good at every category, and my styling services help clients piece together the leaders in each specific area (tops, pants, shoes, accessories). 

The Barakett T-shirt is a high quality basic that the company boasts needs a hanger not a drawer, and is made from 100% Pima cotton.

INSIDER STYLING TIP:  

This brand runs slightly large, so you may need to size down. 

Men with a more athletic build may also consider choosing the slim fit option which will give you a more flattering look in the torso.

Wings and Horns

WHAT

Continuing our streak with Canadian designers, Wings and Horns combines Japanese minimalist design with a focus on quality and American comfort. With roots in Japan, the brand opened its own factory in 2004 in Vancouver, BC. 

Not only do they design but also manufacture their own products, while most other brands outsource their designs to other factories that they don’t own. This in-house process ensures consumers that they are meticulous about their product.

WHY:   

They manufacture products with top of the line details, from zippers and seams, that can be a secret weapon for those building a timeless and classic minimalist wardrobe. 

I’ve dressed many different client body types in this brand in multiple garments they offer. 

The designers focus on “technique, discipline, and detail,” with an eye towards simplicity, according to their site

INSIDER STYLING TIP:  

One of my favorite hoodies from men comes from Wings and Horns, the Signals Zip Hoodie. 

It has a textured feel and is made from premium Japanese Ponte, a stretchy double-knit fabric. 

It can be dressed up or down and is an essential year-round piece to have in your closet.

About the Author - Cassandra Sethi
About the Author - Cassandra Sethi

Personal Stylist & Image Consultant

Cassandra Sethi is a Personal Stylist and Founder of Next Level Wardrobe, a luxury Personal Styling and Shopping Service that helps successful professionals of all ages and sizes. After working in the fashion industry for over 25 years, she used her expert knowledge to create a proprietary styling system called ‘The Next Level Wardrobe Style System' which guarantees clients more outfits with less items in their closet. NLW has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Tamron Hall Show, NY Mag, Huffington Post and more.

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