How it feels to be a female in 2017:
Amirite? It’s so true though. Today’s world is filled with constant stimuli and as Harry Styles would say baby it’s just a sign of the times and that’s true but it still exhausts me. Even though there’s not a whole lot I can do to stop it (not saying I technically want to stop ALL of it) but there are things I’ve been able to change and control in my own life in order to minimize all the crap constantly thrown my way. Keyword: minimize.
Minimizing (in baby steps)
Admittedly, it was only a couple years ago that I finally tucked away all my old chunky, costume jewelry. Like all things in life- my sense of self style has evolved. Like, for example: I now prefer skinny jeans to JNCOs and matte eye shadow over glittery bright blue.
It wasn’t until I started working with Irina and her minimalist jewelry line, that I began to appreciate the ease and clarity of embracing minimalism as a style.
But like, what is minimalism in terms of fashion? Does it mean skimpy, barely there outfits? Do I have to wear ALL black ALL the time? Wait, is minimalism goth? Clearly I had a ton of questions and it occurred to me that others probably did too.
So, in today’s post I want to chat about what I’ve learned. What minimalist style means to me and if you’re interested- how to achieve it. Listen, I’m not claiming to be an expert or editor at Vogue- I’m just a female in 2017 trying to simplify her life. Starting with her closet. Enjoy!
First things first.
Merriam-Webster defines minimalism as: a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.
Here’s the definition in my words:
In even simpler terms:
No.1: Edit your closet.
No. More. Clutter. Gain clarity with the simplicity of your wardrobe.
No.2: Opt for classic pieces.
Designer Rosetta Getty: “Build a wardrobe of collectible pieces that are easy and elegant. Choose classics that have intriguing details.”
No.3: Invest in staple pieces.
Designer Emerson Fry says “We believe in the longevity of a garment. You can take anything and make it feel relevant depending on what to put it with. That being said, investing in a really big coat or big sweater is going to serve you for many years because you can do so many things with these pieces.”
No.4: Think before you buy.
Again, Fry: “One good practice for a buyer is to ask, If I am going to buy this, how interesting is it? Is this great design? Is this exciting? Does it have a perspective? That way, over time you have a really exceptional, interesting wardrobe that speaks to things you love.”
No.5: Find your colors.
Getty says “When clothing is very minimal in design, the choice of color is incredibly important. I recommend a neutral palette of black, white, gray, navy, tan, and an occasional statement pop of color, like a beautiful shade of red or green.”
No.6: Clean lines.
Frills and ruffles are a big no-no in minimalist dressing. Instead of the complex silhouettes, go for dresses with clean lines and structured, modern looks.
Focus on establishing the foundation of your wardrobe, key pieces that work in a multitude of ways for all seasons. Get the basics right and then focus on the flourishes.
No.8: Simple accents.
Instead of big and bold options, go for muted pieces with very subtle detailing. If you want to punctuate your outfit a bit, one statement accessory is enough.
You know you’re a minimalist when…
…You refer to the 90s as the Golden Age of Fashion.
…Your partial to simple, well designed pumps.
…Your style icons include Carolyn Bassette-Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow.
…When worn, jewelry is delicate and simple.
…The LBD isn’t just a dress, it’s a way of life.
Work in progress
I’ll end with this– my relationship with minimalism is a work in progress. My closet and drawers are still far too jam packed and I still never leave Target without at least one I don’t actually need this article of clothing, but hey I’m trying my best and at the end of the day I live with that.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post because it’s the start of more to come on the topic of minimalism because as it turns out, you can embrace it in most all parts of your life!
p.s. Need more minimalism tips right now? Irina Victoria Jewelry is on Pinterest and we have an entire board dedicated to Minimalism Lifestyle- check it out HERE.
Until Next Time!