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Quiet Luxury: The Subtle Elegance of Fashion’s New Normal

Margaret Ellis
Photo taken by Brett Warren for Margaret Ellis Jewelry

A fashion subculture that has gone mainstream.

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, trends come and go like the ebb and flow of the tide. Yet, every so often, a trend emerges that becomes more than just a fleeting moment, but an enduring statement. Enter “quiet luxury”, a fashion subculture that has seamlessly transitioned into mainstream consciousness. While many are quick to thank Sophia Richie for its rise in popularity this year, the truth is that quiet luxury has been delicately weaving its way through the fabric of fashion for some time now. And it seems, it’s here to stay.

Quiet luxury is not about ostentatious displays of wealth or relevancy of logos. Instead, it’s about understated elegance and timeless style. It’s about investing in high-quality pieces that are as durable as they are beautiful. It’s about a neutral color palette that speaks volumes in its simplicity. Quiet luxury is, in essence, a celebration of quality over quantity, of style over showiness, of substance over superficiality.

The autumn/winter ’23 runways were a testament to this trend. From Phoebe Philo’s much-anticipated comeback collection, which embodied the essence of quiet luxury with its minimalist aesthetic and focus on craftsmanship, to the countless influencers championing this refined approach to fashion, it’s clear that quiet luxury is more than just a trend — it’s a movement.

This shift towards quiet luxury reflects our evolving relationship with consumerism. In a world that’s increasingly conscious of sustainability and mindful consumption, quiet luxury offers an alternative to fast fashion and throwaway culture. It encourages us to invest in pieces that will last, from brands that give a damn — to curate a wardrobe that’s not just fashionable, but functional and timeless.

As we move forward, it’s clear that this trend is not just shaping the fashion landscape, but also influencing how we perceive value and luxury. It’s teaching us that true style isn’t about being the loudest in the room, but instead is about moving towards a culture of authenticity and intentionality.

Quiet luxury is not just a fashion trend, it’s a lifestyle choice. It’s a commitment to quality, sustainability, and timeless elegance. And as we look to the future, it’s clear that this is one trend that’s not just here for a season, but here to stay.

Written by Julia Gagliano

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