Elegant Clothes for Minimalist Dressing

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Two items from COS’s limited-edition collection created alongside the book Creating with Shapes. Photo: COS

Seven shapes — a square, rectangle, triangle, diamond, circle, oval, and octagon — can inspire an excellent minimalist wardrobe, according to the new coffee-table book Creating with Shapes, from cult European brand COS. But what does that actually look like? The book’s author Usha Doshi, Royal College of Art teacher and a frequent COS collaborator, explains how the shapes can create folds, drapes, and pleats in clothing — without having to use excess fabric or complex patterns. It’s written as a guide to incorporating Scandinavian design in your life, including pattern-making tips for people with their own sewing machines and elegantly staged photos of COS clothing.

COS released a limited-edition collection of clothing to accompany the book, featuring 11 fresh looks made with geometric pleating and structured tailoring in navy, oatmeal, and optic-white — neutral tones for simple dressing this winter. Click through to preview the book and the collection.

Creating with Shapes, by Usha Doshi

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Elegant Clothes for a Minimalist Wardrobe