Sissy's New Rules For Minimalism
Remember when normcore was radical and cool girls everywhere went back to basics? My spidey senses tell me the pendulum is poised to swing the other direction, and this time it is going for Baroque.
For those who still appreciate tasteful restraint, I have some new rules and looks to help you toe the line of minimalism while dipping into low-key maximalism.
Hide in Plain Sight
Shaina Mote’s Tepic Pant, which features a paperbag waist, wide leg, and comes in a gorgeous clay color, is versatile enough to pair with just about any top but goes particularly well with Town Clothes’ Quince Blouse whose chic simplicity is belied by complex design elements such as an open back, puff sleeves and cropped length. Both garments are sure to please both minimalist and maximalist alike.
Splice it Up
Hooked on classics but in the mood for some country? Minimalists will be pleased with garments like this dress by Sayaka Davis which filter the French peasant trend through reimagined trench coats and shirting. This nod to both worlds will keep one feeling refined when trying something like an off-the-shoulder trend.
As a minimalist, it is likely you rarely branch out much with color, but as long as you choose timeless pieces, like this perfectly tailored shirt and skirt from Are Studio, you can keep your minimalist cred while maxing out your palette. Yellow, seen here at its most serene, is one color having a moment in 2017. I opted to colorblock this buttery shade with other subdued hues but you might want to try wearing various shades of yellow all at once, a head-to-toe bright color look, or even mix in metallics.
Go High, Go Wide
The strong geometric silhouette cast by Shaina Mote’s super wide leg Tulia pant in natural canvas is perfectly complimented by Desiree Klein’s crisp white cotton top with its high ruffled collar. Keeping in the minimalist spirit, that is all I have to say about that.
If you’re in love with Rococo but aim for clean lines, Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Cala Skirt offers recreational use of ruffles. And it is minimalist-safe when mixed with a simple bodysuit and unembellished shoes like the Micol Pump by Gray Matters.
Bag It Up
Paperbag waists, like this one from Desiree Klein, and pleated fabrics, like the ones originated by Issey Miyake, are both having big moments this spring. When exploring new texture and daring details, go with neutral colors to keep it uncomplicated. And what could be more minimalist than the Deco belt bag for carrying just the essentials with hands-free ease!
Make a Statement
For those who want to express the statement sleeve trend quietly this spring, this Pari Desai sweater has a slightly exaggerated length and a subtle flare shape. If you want to turn up the volume literally and figuratively, you’ll have many ruched, ruffled, bishop, leg-o-mutton, and flamenco options. The workwear-inspired nature of this canvas wrap skirt prevents this pretty look from being prissy.
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