Whether you identify as a brutalist architecture buff or a Scandi-minimal babe, the SSENSE sale has everything you need to dress according to your favorite architecture and design aesthetics. Although this season has been full of great discounts from the likes of Amazon, Target, and more, SSENSE’s summer sale selection is always one of our favorites to shop. With select items now at a whopping 70% off, we decided to seize the opportunity to share some of our favorite non-home finds that still pay tribute to great exteriors and interiors. After all, nothing will help you transition into fall like a special something from Jacquemus or perhaps a new pair of Maison Margiela Tabi shoes.
Some Balenciaga sneakers, simple silver jewelry, and maybe a crinkled leather bag should have you on your way to emulating your favorite brutalist structures. Characterized by graphic lines, monochromatic neutrals, and heavy-handed concrete design, this no-frills aesthetic is ideal for the minimalists who still make a bold statement with their looks.
Victorian architecture encompasses the particularly ornate style that originated during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901. Identified by its strong emphasis on detail and embellishment, the Victorian aesthetic is rich materials like detailed brocade, luxurious silk, and jacquard prints, and dressing in the style is the perfect way to pay homage. If you can find a period appropriate tufted chaise lounge or a grand staircase to snap a fit pic with, all the better.
The Art Deco movement rose to popularity in the U.S. and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s, influencing art, decor, fashion, and building styles throughout the time periods. Even today, iconic structures like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and the Chrysler building still define New York City’s skyline. Dressing in Art Deco is all about the details—think playful geometric designs like chevrons, zigzags, pyramids, and more. This Marine Serre jacket that mimics decorative glass paired with strappy By Far platform loafers from the SSENSE sale should have you on your way.
Even though industrial architecture is rooted in the functional, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Durable denim, cotton canvas, and rubber lug soles are subtle but complementary nods to this style of architecture, which implements elements including open floor plans, high ceilings, and materials like concrete, brick, or metal. To incorporate an industrious feel into your own wardrobe, we recommend looking to contemporary brands like Carhartt WIP, Levi’s, and Camper for updated workwear pieces.
Bauhaus was born out of post WWI Germany with the goal to synthesize fine art, design, tech, and architecture into functional living spaces that followed a less-is-more mentality. Focusing on minimal but still eye-catching pieces, we don’t think you can go wrong with these geometrically-minded and Bauhaus-ian accessories from Jacquemus, Staud, and Amina Muaddi.
Originating in the ’60s, postmodern architecture embraces bold design and the freedom of expression. In the same way postmodern architects revamped old-school design techniques, we think these elevated basics follow the same mindset. Adding these Basquiat emblazoned Converse sneakers, reworked jeans from Agolde, or a three-way convertible tote should give any old outfit a postmodern look and feel.
Scandinavian style has been trending as of late (just ask TikTok), and we couldn’t be happier. If you’re in the mood to dress up your home in the bright and minimal style, look to pieces like Arne Jacobsen’s iconic egg chair, Gustaf Westman’s curvy mirrors, and all things (vintage) IKEA. And luckily, dressing yourself to match any Scandi-chic interior is easy with brands like Tekla, Acne Studios, and Ganni in the mix.