Minimalist style tips

Minimalism can seem like a fancy word for boring but it’s not true.  Minimalism has a Monet effect, in that it might look simple at first glance, but there is a world of things to examine upon closer inspection. From clever cuts to lovely construction, minimal fashion doesn’t give it all away immediately.

Here are some tips to follow the new minimalism trend.

Go for different textures:  Dressing in one color is a big part of minimalist fashion, but you can always up your look a notch by pairing clothing in different textures. Flaunt your style in a classic all-white outfit, but coordinate with opposing textures such as silk and cotton, or wool and leather. Subtle texture contrasts, like silk with ribbed knit, lend themselves to an on-point monochromatic outfit.

Work with statement pieces: Minimalists are notorious for shying away from prints. Break the rules with the subtlest kind: pinstripes. Double up on the fine lines and add on statement extras (a sculptural necklace, a graphic clutch, the season’s It shoe) to really pack a punch.

Adding a statement piece to an outfit, whether it is a pattern, pop of color, or texture, is a great way to accentuate clean lines while including a bit of your own personality.  If you are sticking to garments in solid, muted colors, a little variation is really important in order to keep the outfit interesting.

Wear things differently:  A minimalist fashion outfit need not necessarily be boring; it is just a matter of incorporating a fresh perspective into your outfit. Stick with a neutral palette and be more playful with other aspects. For example, you can produce a stunning look by pairing ladylike textures and silhouettes with a leather jacket. The black-and-white combo will really help with the contrast, too.

To take it one step further, play with unexpected proportions, like with a crisp tunic and a midi skirt with cut-out detailing.

Remember clever cuts and lovely construction: Minimalism has a unique effect, in that it might look simple at first glance, but there is a rich union of shapes.  When deciding on a minimalist style, pick pieces that allude to an architectural influence to appear fashion forward and modern. Always maintain the focus on clean lines.

Accessorize to the minimum: A life of minimalism is all about keeping your look clean — so stick to simple items. There are scores of understated shoes, bags, and jewelry crafted just for people of this sensibility. The key is to find pieces that are subtle and streamlined enough to wear every day — and yet still visually striking enough to make a statement when worn all on their own.

Moreover, the best necklaces for minimalists are delicate and easy to layer. For example, a simple gold lariat can be worn on its own with a white tee; or, layer it up with other thin gold chains to spice up a V-neck sweater.