LESS IS MORE
A CONVERSATION WITH A MINIMALIST STYLIST
What is the Minimalist style and what key pieces do I need in my wardrobe?
Minimalist fashion or sometimes called classic fashion began as an artistic movement in the late 1950s. Sleek, clean, unfussy and understated designs were reflected in everything from fine art, furniture architecture and of course, fashion.
Minimalist style is defined by the major principle: Keep it simple! Think streamlined shapes, a small selection of colors and even a bare minimum amount of clothing comprised mostly of essentials in your closet. Simplicity is the key to working this style.
When it comes to the Minimalist style, consider less is more and quality over quantity. Invest in timeless, classic pieces that will set your wardrobe up to see you through all the changing trends and seasons. Get back to basics with things like white and black T-shirts, straight leg jeans, shift dresses, solid blouses, leggings, go-to black blazer, crisp button-ups, pencil skirts, a cute carry-all bag, and some everyday no-nonsense pumps.
Simple items without extra frills, like ruffles, patterns or embroidery, are your best bet for minimalist styling, you want to be able to mix and match everything in your wardrobe and use a few star accessories with pops of color or neutral tones to make them shine. A minimalist style has an unending appeal because it creates a classic understated beauty look that puts you instead of your outfit as the star of the show.
Going minimalist can help you declutter your wardrobe, your look, and your life. Most of all, a minimalist fashion sense can help reign in that clothes shopping budget that always seems to get a little bit out of hand whenever the words “new trend” or “sale” get thrown around.
At the end of the day however, fashion –even minimalist fashion –is about what works best for you. Whether you want to adopt a fully minimalist style because you generally like its vibe or the thought of having an easier time getting dressed in the morning, it is important that you approach your wardrobe with intentionality. Aim for a wardrobe that fits the needs of your lifestyle, and is filled with high-quality pieces you absolutely love that will make you feel and look good, and hopefully, last for years.