Yes, you are a stylish chictopian, and you always look fierce. But sometimes you’re sick of fretting over how to combine colors or prints. Are you looking for a way to look amazingly chic and on trend without all the hassle? Try modern minimalism! This season, less is definitely more.
Let us provide you with some ideas to help you create your own take on minimalism.
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Wearing one color all over or combining different shades within the same color family is a great way to incorporate minimalism on a basic level. Grabbing items based on color-alikeness can significantly cut down your getting-dressed-time in the morning, and you’ll look super sophisticated to boot! The strong impact a one color silhouette makes is not to be underestimated.
Fashionisaplayground looks absolutely fierce in her simple black maxi and Icalla’s all white look is a fresh sight for sore eyes! Whatswithamy’s look is my fave, the warm blushtones and browns even continue in her skintone and haircolor. Absolutely stunning.
Another way to approach minimalism is by constructing an outfit based on timeless, perfectly tailored classics. A list of musthaves? A crisp white blouse, flattering trousers in neutral colors, A-line skirts, quality sweaters and a sharp blazer. Try to find a cut that works for you and your style: the trousers can be flared, skinny or straight legged. Just make sure the pieces you choose look flawless, clean and ironed.
A good idea for lovers of the minimal look is to start valuing quality over quantity. When you wear a very simple, strong look, you’ll want every individual piece to exude class. This is not the time for cheap, flimsy fabrics: you’ll want luxury. So buy one PERFECT blazer instead of 5 different cute ones. And iron your garments before you put them on! Districtofchic lets her pretty tuxedo shirt do the talking, and Daniel proves that the classic black suit – white tie look is a classic for a reason. Shevahjoon demonstrates how to do a more casual minimalist look: comfy sweater in a nice, drapey fabric, and some loose fitting trousers.
Every year when the F/W season is nearing, we look forward to bundling up in layers to show our stylistic prowess. I don’t know about you, but after months of layering my ass off I am ready to ditch the layers and let the sunshine in. Spring is the perfect companion for minimalism: there’s a reason why we talk about spring cleaning! Clean lines and low fussfactor is the way to go. You don’t need a lot of accessories to make this look work, in fact, accessorizing will take away from the boldness of your minimalist look.
Chili doesn’t need a lot more than a gorgeous pale blazer and a simple dress to look radiant and ready for spring. Srubiera shows us how to accomplish effortless chic appeal, and AshleyE lets her amazing midi dress and combat boots do the talking.
A good tip here is to continue the clean, simple feel in your hair and make up: focus on a healthy skin and have your hair perfectly in place. If carried out correctly, minimalism can look both very sophisticated and professional on one hand, and innocently youthful on the other.
Not ready to let all your eyecatchers go right away? Opt for a very simple minimalist look with ONE pop of fabness. That POP might be a slick of neon bright lipstick/eyeliner, some crazy architectural wedges or feather earrings: anything goes! Eatsleepwear went for trousers as her standout piece, complimented beautifully by her nude pumps and blouse. Simplycin went the subtle route by going for an interesting leather top, and Lissakahayon brightens up my day with her magnificent red wedges!
Curious to see how to incorporate all of our pointers? Playingwithfire wears soft colors, mostly within the same colorfamily. Her sharp blazer is a definite classic, and so are her simple ankle boots. The silhouette is clutter-free: no bracelets, necklaces, socks, belts, hats, headbands or cardigans to take away from the monumental awesomeness that is her outfit. And the powder pink color of her blazer is a definite eye catcher. It might not shine as much if it were to be paired with a busier outfit, but keeping the base simple allows the delicate pink to take center stage.
The main fashion advice we take away from the minimalist trend, is to get rid of the clutter that clouds our stylish judgement. Are you buying that birdprint top because it goes with your style, or because they are “so hot right now”? What is your signature style? Do you have any pieces you keep coming back to, as the foundations of your wardrobe? Get to know yourself and your style better, find your own must haves. Trust me, your days of staring aimlessly into your closet, on the verge of tears because you have nothing to wear (yes, some days of the month we can get melodramatic like that) will be over. Or at least very limited.