One piece. One Epic Piece. Sometimes in life you are fortunate enough to find a top, or a pant, or a dress, or maybe – if the sun shines warm upon your face – an entire ensemble that needs no embellishment. The key to minimalist dressing is exactly this: one epic piece.
It’s not really fair to think you’re a better dresser than the minimalist dresser because you have more accessories to load up on your wrists or neck or ears. Minimalism is sometimes translated to “plain” or “lacking” in our society, and I blame that on our constant need to be dazzled. Smoke and mirrors, and beaded bodices with statement collars are nice; but what’s truly shocking is a design that is stunning all on it’s own. Exhibit A: Lupito N’yongo’s Ralph Lauren gown from the Golden Globes this year. That gown was really the quintessential minimalist piece and as a nation, we all fell head-over-heels in love with the women who needed no accessory.
Now, some stylists/bloggers/people in general call wearing just a pair of jeans and a tee shirt a “minimalist” look and I suppose it is because there is little to nothing extra added. But really, minimalism is an entire aestethic and genre all its own. As a stylist, when I shop for a piece in this realm, I look for something that is straight-forward in terms of design. No darts, no pleats, no twists or turns of the fabric; minimalism is quite architectural and typically, simple in design. Streamlined pieces are not always fitted, rather the drape of the garment and swing of the fabric aids in complementing your body shape. This is the perfect way to make a statement, by saying very little.
We are all so obsessed with this idea of simplicity (tumbles are dedicated to it, see above), yet cling to the More is More commandment. Tearing ourselves in two different directions is counterproductive (and just incredibly confusing). How can you be confident when you don’t even know how the heck you want to dress yourself?? This week, try to go simple and make an entrance by your own right. Fashion and style and beauty are incredible injections into our society, but they are not everything. Try minimal this week (we are!); and maximize who you are.
xo – Haley Hoover