Trend of the week: A salute to simplicity

Start a new style slate with a salute to simplicity, says Annmarie O'Connor.


With the party season behind us and a new year in tow, there's no better time to cleanse the sartorial palette.

Adopting the minimalist mantra of clean lines, neutral hues and a utility bias may appear basic but their combined magic makes for something basically amazing.

Think military-inspired pieces like boiler suits, cargo pants and cleat-soled shoes with tie-waists toggles and naval buttons creating a uniform you'll want to wear every day.

Need some inspiration? Check out our style notes below.


  • BOILER SUIT: Nod to the ’70s with a tissue-thin polo neck and boots.
  • PERFECT PARKA: Scandi brand Arket’s hooded parka (, €175) – made from plastic bottles and recycled polyester yarn – boasts hidden zips and snap padding to attach insulating liners (sold separately) for a truly seasonless coat.
  • CARGO PANTS: Look to styles that sit on the natural waist and avoid unflattering thigh pockets. Pair with a simple t-shirt, loafers and fitted blazer.
  • MILITARY SHIRT: Buttoned and belted, wear with a pencil skirt or cigarette pants for an unusual twist.


Pared back and fashion-forward – a perfect match

Men’s recycled wool cap, Arket, €3

High neck wool blend, Arket, €115

Sweatshirt, Zara, €29.95

Utility jumpsuit by Boutique, Topshop, €155

Utility trousers, M&S, €54

Fishtail parka, Arket, €175

Fabric high top sneakers, Zara, €39.95

Zara Srpls silk dress, €159; earrings, €12.95, Zara

Zara Srpls silk dress, €159; earrings, €12.95, Zara.


  • & Other Stories
  • Arket
  • Brown Thomas – Patrick Street 021-4805555
  • M&S – Merchants Quay SC 021-4275555
  • Mango – Henry Street 01-8788008
  • The Outnet
  • Topshop – Opera Lane 021-4278268
  • Uterqüe
  • Warehouse – Patrick Street 021-4278215
  • Zara – Mahon Point SC 021-4972320
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