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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Return of Minimalism

The Return of Minimalism

Mark my words, 2013 will bring the return of minimalism to mainstream fashion. While ever-present on the runway year after year—thanks to minimalist powerhouses such as Jil Sander, Maison Martin Margiela, and Calvin Klein—finding un-embellished clothing from mass retailers has proven to be exceedingly difficult.

Minimalism speaks more to style than anything else. It strips away any distracting fluff and frill, and when worn just right, accentuates the certain "je nais se quoi" of the woman wearing it. Minimalism asks us to be a bit more thoughtful, notice subtlety and nuance, and have the confidence to let our God-given uniqueness be the accessory.

I'm not suggesting it be a fashion faux pas to layer on three scarves or three watches for that matter—both of which I'm guilty of—but I'm hoping that the return of minimalism encourages us to be a little more carefree.

Have you started to simplify your everyday styling? I've been into pairing an oversized men's button-down shirt with a large men's cashmere sweater, worn with legging and sneakers. The look also pairs well with riding boots. Heels and handbags pack an extra punch with minimalist clothing, too. Try a sky-high heel with loose-fitting jeans and a tight, white crewneck tee.

And what would a post about minimalist fashion be without remembering Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy? While Carolyn could have worn today's trends and still outshined any statement necklace, her personal style mixed a polished elegance and an airy naturalness that was only more magnetic in a classic black suit, red lip, and low chignon.

For a roundup of some of my favorite minimalist pieces, check out the newly redesigned Wit & Delight!

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 in Permalink

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Jan 8, 2013 09:57 am
 Posted by  GreyGirl

Minimalism is not returning. It never left. Before there was Bessette, there was Jackie O. Before her, Hepburn (Audrey and Kate) and Garbo.

As a minimalist in dress and decor, I believe that minimalism isn't a trend; it's a style.

It seems worth mentioning that more designers may get on board for 2013 with cleaner lines and more tailored fits, so to them, there must be a fresh market. Will they come back next year with epaulets and fringe? Hopefully not. But to women who know that black cigarette pants have as much punch paired with patent leather flats as they do a t-strap pump, it doesn't matter. It won't today, and it won't the next time minimalism makes it's "return."

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