The year 2023 has seen an increasing desire for a subtler and more refined take on luxury: quiet luxury. This trend embodies a style of understated, discreet opulence, prioritizing quality, craftsmanship, and timeless aesthetics over more obvious displays of wealth. It embraces minimalism–but in a slightly more relaxed way–and high-quality materials, focusing on enduring, classic designs that stand the test of time.
But quiet luxury isn’t precisely a new concept. The idea of emphasizing quality, timeless design, and subtle branding has been around for many years, from Cartier’s tank watch to Hermès’ Birkin Bag. However, in the midst of the maximalist aesthetic that has dictated fashion trends in the past couple of years, quiet luxury seems to be shining brighter than ever–ironically.
Quiet luxury encourages you to invest in pieces you can wear for years to come while still finding unique silhouettes, fabrics, and details. To inspire you to integrate this approach into your wardrobe, we’ve compiled a list of brands that portray it seamlessly and in their own way.
If there’s a brand that screams (or whispers?) quiet luxury, it’s this one. Established in 2006 by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Row is a combination of timelessness and irreverence. It uses fabrics like cashmere, silk, and fine leather and details like embroidery and pleats to create clean designs that exude a sense of understated elegance. The Row's designs are intentionally devoid of trendy, fast-fashion elements. Instead, they aim for a timeless quality that ensures their pieces remain relevant and coveted for years to come. Attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship are evident in every piece.
Khaite is all about celebrating effortless elegance and contrasting structure and fluidity. Known for its clean lines, exceptional materials, and neutral color palette, it strikes the perfect balance between luxurious and wearable. While embracing minimalism, Khaite also incorporates subtle and unique details that add a touch of individuality to each piece, such as draping, asymmetry, or well-placed cutouts. Based in New York City, Khaite translates the city's ever-evolving energy into its pieces.
Israeli-born, New York City-based designer Nili Lotan designs chic, timeless pieces for the modern woman. Her pieces exude a sense of effortless coolness, making them ideal for creating laid-back yet refined looks. They can be dressed up or down, allowing for versatility in styling. The pieces can be dressed up or down, allowing for versatility in styling, and they often feature relaxed tailoring, providing comfort without sacrificing style. Nili Lotan offers a range of high-quality essential wardrobe staples you’ll love for years, including well-cut blouses, versatile sweaters, and perfectly tailored trousers.
Known for its innovative design, premium materials, and impeccable craftsmanship, Acne Studios blends Scandinavian aesthetics, artistic influences, and a street-smart edge. It incorporates elements of casual and functional wear, which is reflected in the relaxed, comfortable, and versatile aspects of their designs. Acne Studios is renowned for exploring unconventional design choices that result in unexpected details and unique cuts. Every item mirrors the brand's dedication to redefining the limits of modern fashion, but also maintains a timeless quality that keeps it relevant and coveted for years to come.
- Acne Studios Mohair Scarf, $320
- Acne Studios Silk Blend Button Up, $440
- Acne Studios Bomber Jacket, $800
Quiet luxury isn’t just another trend, it’s an enduring approach to fashion that celebrates the beauty found in simplicity and understated sophistication. As we transition into the fall and winter seasons, there's no better time to embrace it. The timeless and versatile pieces that epitomize quiet luxury are perfect for the cooler months, offering warmth and comfort without sacrificing style.
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