As with any trend, there carries with it an immediate response by fashion’s elite who all but prescribe their matter-of-fact guides to appropriating the latest craze in to our wardrobes. And, despite minimalism’s call for less, there appears to be a similar fate that awaits – evident in designers reinventing basics at alarming speeds to cater to the growing number of minimalists and their (stigmatic) neutral wardrobes and palettes. Redirecting back to the core interpretation of minimalism, it seems apt to say that, rather than buying in to every trend and release, minimalist’s typically opt for less things in favor of investing in one or two items that can outlive seasonal wear.
But, even yours truly has succumbed to the odd trend, justifying the decision by rationalizing the longevity and versatility of a piece. Indeed, there are several trends which have paraded throughout seasons, often reinvented by high street stores to suit the consumer’s desire to take bold leaps in the name of fashion. The idea of buying in to something solely because it’s trendy is an inescapable part of wanting to fit in, to find some solidarity among the fashion elite; a nod to the trends even if it doesn’t entirely align with one’s own personal style.
With all that said, I chose to research and compile a list that would help the novice minimalist style a few (worth-investing-in) trend pieces in to their wardrobes.
Lace camisoles and their not-so-frilly counterparts
One piece of advice I can impart here is that proportion and movement of fabric are two crucial parts to achieving a frump-less pairing. Cotton On got it right by introducing flowy camisoles without the lace and trimmings, but enough opacity to layer a blouse underneath and not have the outline of buttons and creased fabric show through. Camisoles are great layered over turtleneck sweaters in the winter, and look especially cool peaking from under a biker jacket thrown over the shoulders.
Neck scarves as handbag adornments
On days where it’s intended use takes a backseat, my absolute favorite way to get more use out of a neck-scarf is to tie it around a structured bag. Both elevating a basic bag, and color blocking a statement carry-on, neck scarves are the easiest way to add color and personality to a neutral outfit, and without trying too hard.
The bigger the sleeve, the more responsibility inherently required to keep it clean and void of saucy foods – and trust me, I’ve tested out my fair share so you don’t have to. OTT ruffles and bell sleeves that reach your waist are best reserved for events and movie dates, while dinner and lunch dates can become near impossible as your sleeves all but take on a life of their own. I recommend investing in a sleeve size that suits your preferences (subtlety works well for busy lifestyles) and don’t be afraid to look around first before committing as this trend is often underestimated for how limiting it can be. If you’ve already made the leap and own an impractical sleeve or two, try layering a striped (or plain) button down underneath a ruffled sleeve jumper, or a camisole worn over a banging sleeve blouse.
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