The Basics of the Minimalist Approach to Crafting Your Personal Style
Posted on 23 August 2017
When you open your wardrobe, do things start flying out in bulks or do you have a neatly stacked shelf with a limited number of multi-purpose, yet simple clothing items?
The former represents a typical consumerism-oriented closet, chock-full of barely worn items, while the latter is the epitome of modern minimalism.
Are you really what you wear? Perhaps you’re afraid that having fewer garments means ditching any and all personal symbols that make your style unique, or that you’ll just be another blandly-dressed person in the crowd. Well, on the contrary, minimalism offers a great deal more than chaos, so start cleaning out your closet and make room for the mind-blowing effect minimalism will have on your style!
Focus on longevity
As tempting as it may be to get that crop top which you know will fall apart after you wash it a few times, the very core of a minimalistic style and beauty relies on reliable, durable items that will last for years. This means that every item you purchase should be made of sturdy, but comfortable materials, and serve more than a single purpose.
Buying that classy, timeless black coat might seem like an ordinary chore, but such a simple, long-lasting item is a real investment, and not just a phase. There are trends that pass every year, and those that will outlast a fashion fad.
Simplicity with a twist
Modern minimalism has a new purpose – using materials and fabrics that are not only sustainable, but also stylish and offer plenty of versatile combinations. Designers that base their pieces on eco-friendly, green choices today are no longer limited by the look and feel of the Earth-friendly materials and making processes. They are now refined to produce impeccable, unique items that make for a prestigious style. Also make sure to check out our organic hair care, organic skin care and organic body care range here.
Unlike fast fashion, these enduring brands raise awareness of our planet’s current state, and offer a solution for a perfect, simple, but authentic wardrobe for every preference.
When less is more
Yes, florals and ethnic patterns are quite a hit this season, and frills, ruffles, glitter and tulle somehow always find their way to every fashion expression. But there’s a reason why celebrities such Naomi Watts and Victoria Beckham are often considered the best dressed people – they have a unique flair for minimalism and they wear it with pride!
If you’re looking for your go-to name to create your own memorable style, with playful asymmetry, gorgeous contours and effortless sophistication, Hansen and Gretel clothing designs might meet your minimalist criteria. These items encapsulate everything a simple, elegant, multi-functional piece should be, and a single garment can be a part of numerous combinations.
When the very essence of your wearables is simplicity and understated elegance, there’s plenty of room for improvisation and experimenting with accessories. Unleash your creativity, and mix and match those oversized earrings, bold layered necklaces, rugged rings and stacked bracelets in various vivid tones.
But accessories don’t come down to jewelry, so don’t forget your deliciously flowy scarves, which can work as belts as well, and headwear for those sunny days - read more on how to inject some fun into your beach look -, in addition to embellishing your lovely neckline. While we’re on the subject, cufflinks, belts, waistbands are your best friends for any occasion, and eyewear combined with a powerful red lipstick can elevate your look in an instant. And because we are talking about the sun, make sure to always protect your hair and skin with suncare products.
Spring cleaning is always on a minimalist’s mind, so consider yourself always on a prowl for purposeful items, and always with a critical eye towards your existing collection. If you have pieces that you love, but don’t wear, make sure to refurbish them, add a personal touch or make alterations that will help you wear them again.
The same goes for every purchase in the future. Stick to a limited number of useful items, and only shop or tailor something that has lost its consistency or purpose. Choose materials that will last and that will cherish your skin, and that you’ll wear on many occasions. Giveaway, re-purpose, pass on or sell anything that just sits there collecting dust!
Posted by Mia Taylor
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.