Minimalist dressing can sometimes be perceived as boring because it doesn't deal with trends and flashy prints. Hold the prejudice, though! You can actually hit chic territory by incorporating smart style tricks to your outfit. Plus, this realm of dressing is timeless, so you'll never have to worry about owning a 'disposable' fashion item. Ready to make your life easier? Read on:
1. Start by filling your closets with basics.
Being well-stocked with wardrobe essentials in your closet will make mixing and matching a breeze.
2. Experiment with volume and proportion.
This is the fun part. When working with the basics, fabric (denim, poplin, leather, khaki) and color are mostly the same, so you have lots of room to experiment in terms of cut and shape. Plus, make sure whatever you're wearing fits you well and is properly pressed—wrinkles are not welcome here.
3. Play favorites.
Living the minimalist life means you're de-cluttering and curating your closet to pieces you love and would wear again and again. Every item in your wardrobe should flatter your body and speak your personal style. That said, it's highly recommended that you evaluate thy closet by purging and editing out clothes, shoes, and accessories that don't work for you anymore.
4. Stick to accessories with purpose.
It's not a huge no-no to wear accessories. You can elevate your look with fine jewelry (with little or no gemstones). Also, a gold or silver dress watch is a great standout yet functional piece.
5. Relax in flats!
There's no pressure to be super glam with minimalist dressing, so relax and let loose with flats. Add more polish by wearing luxe textures like matte leather and satin.
6. Wear neutrals.
To get you out the door fast (another school of thought that comes from minimalist fashion), sticking to neutrals will save the day. If you want to add color, shades like industrial pink, army green, burgundy, and navy are your best bets.
7. Be conscious.
Because you want to cut down on your wardrobe count, supporting brands that promote environmental sustainabilty to lessen your carbon footprint (data says that the apparel industry contributes 10% of the earth's carbon gas emissions, placing second to oil) should be a priority.
Fast fashion, unfortunately, is a major culprit of this, so if you're really going hardcore on the minimalist movement, choose what you buy. Eco-conscious brands include Everlane, Alternative Apparel, Reformation, Dick Moby, Patagonia, Panda Sunglasses and H&M Conscious. The Good Trade, High Snobiety, Eco Cult, and Elle share their top list for sustainable fashion brands that you can refer to.
*This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.