The term “statement piece” gets thrown around a lot in fashion, and is more often than not a nod to
anything involving stark prints, eye-punching hues or busy embellishment (or all three if things get
The mere mention of such a concept will thus - and quite rightly - be likely to send anyone devoted
to a minimal, classic code of dressing running full pelt for the hills.
We all knew that sneaker obsession had to come in handy at some point.
Let me quell those fears though my friends, for I am here to challenge the traditional notion of
statement wear in favour of one that better suits those of us with a less-is-more approach to dressing –
the concept of the subtle statement piece.
How can a statement piece, by definition, be subtle? It’s all in the details. Dramatic silhouettes, edgy
detailing, contrasting textures, bold metal embellishment – any of these features can contribute
greatly to the statement-making quality of a piece, whilst maintaining that air of subtlety and
effortlessness so many of us crave.
Often the easiest way to spot a subtle statement piece is to seek out those classic wardrobe staples that
designers have put their own unique spin on. The white shirt, the black pant, the leather jacket, the white
sneaker, the boyfriend blazer, the black leather bag, the blue denim jean – all these items we know and
love can suddenly become pretty damn cool with a little directional thinking from the right designer.
Think Vetements, Ellery, Margiela, Wang… these designers aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel when
it comes to their collections, it’s all about how they work those familiar wardrobe classics in new and
exciting ways that piques our interest and has us almost convincing ourselves that $2000 isn’t actually
an outrageous price to pay for a pair of cut-up jeans (looking at you, Demna).
But I digress.
My point here is that those of us with a more subtle style sensibility need not shy away from the concept
of the statement piece, we just need to re-route our thinking a little to find what works for us.
Here I am wearing my favourite statement piece of the moment, this stunning shirt by Australian label
Strateas Carlucci, now available on Farfetch. With its man-style cut and overlong sleeves, it definitely
makes an impact whilst still being clean and effortless – a true win for my minimalist tendencies. Paired
with a tailored Ellery cropped flare, Celine-esque chunky white sneaker, classic round Ray-Bans and
my much-treasured Gucci Dionysus bag, it makes for a simple yet edgy outfit that makes a statement
without being too loud or garish.
Once again, a win for the minimalists amongst us.
So don’t let the idea of the statement piece overwhelm you - instead, embrace the subtle side and get
all the impact without the compromise on classic styling.
Now that’s a statement worth making.
Photos by Hannah Roche.