Ok, let’s be honest. You love your mom unconditionally — she has helped you make the best decisions — but you don’t always take her advice. Her eventually being right about everything is something you’re accustomed to. How many times have you heard “I told you so when choosing to learn the hard way? For me it’s countless. I can’t help but remember the one thing that’s always gotten me through bad days, complicated situations and weird fashion moments: the acronym K.I.S.S. No, I don’t mean the rock band. Just take a look in the mirror and picture your mom saying, “Keep it simple, sweetie,” and it’ll keep you grounded in mind, body and fashion.
The modern girl knows that to be put together, you don’t have to go overboard. Minimalism can be just as exciting as full-force patterns. Spring 2014 runways were blossoming with streamlined silhouettes. This Fashionista’s edgy ensemble with black rayon tunic dress from TOBI, boyfriend cardigan by Forever 21 and hosiery from Urban Outfitters is awe-inspiring. Her street style is the epitome of minimalism. The woven, leather ankle boots from Forever 21 artfully contrast with the softness of her main outfit. A minimalist look like this requires a keen eye to know where to place the little details, and jewelry is a great place to start.
Hardware can elevate your everyday look with its reflective properties, adding shine in the drab winter weeks. Our Fashionista chose to wear a geometric bib necklace from Kohl’s that plays with a mix of metals. Combining different metallics, such as copper, silver and gold is a growing trend that started most recently with the spawn of midi rings. This fan necklace from Forever 21 plays with the natural qualities of metal and stone. Displaying a nice vintage collection of her own, this Fashionista isn’t afraid to take a chance when it comes to jewelry. Topping it off with a pair of tortoise rim sunnies, she’s ready for a night on the town.
The next time you’re feeling a little weighed down in the season of parkas and snow shoes, step back and remember of what mom told you when you were overthinking something. She might be on to something!
Spotted: Michael Kors, in recent years, has proven to be a major advocate for minimalist styling and metal mixing for the ultimate cool girl vibe. In his fall 2009 ready-to-wear collection, the menswear-inspired silhouettes and tailoring provided a structured backdrop for exaggerated statement necklaces and midnight black eyewear. Take a cue from the American style genius and go bold or go home!