Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” The artist did know quite a bit about beauty, so why not take styling advice from him? Sometimes in fashion, less really is more. You don’t always need layers upon layers or the newest and most trending accessory to create a great look. Sometimes you just need to keep it classic.

And what is more classic than a blouse and trousers? When paired properly, a top-and-pant combo can lead to the supreme sophisticated yet elegant look. It doesn’t take much to amp up this type of look, either. Just a few simple pieces will take your look from minimalist to sartorialist.

COS

When it comes to modern and functional, COS is an easy go-to for finding the right pieces. The brand’s contemporary take on classics allows for understated yet versatile clothing that make for the perfect building blocks for “less is more” styling. Ready to try it for yourself? Base your look with a muted color tone, pairing a textured top over straight-leg or slim fit chinos. Go simple with your footwear—a pair of structured block heels will do the trick. And for the grand finale, complete your look with a deep-hued trench coat that leaves a stark and beautiful contrast.


COSSTORES

Collarless trench coat

$225



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Blouse with gathered detail

$99



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Slim-fit flannel trousers

$115



COSSTORES

Changing profile hoop earrings

$22



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Sweatshirt with woven frills

$89



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Leather heels with curved vamp

$190



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Wool trousers with pleated waist

$125



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Irregular shape bangle

$22



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Belted trench

$225


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