Today’s Fashionista has embraced minimalism in an accessible and comfy way. What’s less really proves to be more in this gray-on-gray ensemble that comes off as effortless, chic and simple. It didn’t take a loud pattern or bright color for her outfit to draw attention because everything fell together seamlessly, from her red lipstick to the flattering shape of the dress. Besides clearly embracing the minimalist nature through her few clothing items, this Fashionista also embodied the look through a neutral color palette and simply-cut garments. An important thing to remember with minimalism is that you don’t have to wear just one shade, and brighter hues can also make an appearance in a minimal look.
In the way that a pair of nude heels or flats goes with any color, and probably everything in your closet, gray is a neutral color that has as much versatility. It can be paired with almost any color or pattern, and lighter or darker versions of itself, like this outfit proves.
Like I mentioned before, more vibrant colors do not have to be left hanging in your closet if you are going for a “what’s less is more” kind of day. In this Fashionista’s case, she incorporated a bold color through her makeup by choosing a daring red lipstick. NARS, MAC and Revlon are good go-to brands if you are confident enough to try wearing red lips, or feel inspired by Gwen Stefani or this Fashionista. This NYU Fashionista also demonstrated how red lips can be worn casually on campus.
If you want to achieve a minimalist look, take a look at designers like Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Celine for inspiration. The 3.1 Phillip Lim spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection has great minimalist looks that incorporate pastels into the stereotypically neutral trend.
Overall, this Fashionista did a great job of making her minimalist look come off as expensive. As many of us know, college budgets are not conducive to bad shopping habits. If you can find a cheaper, minimalist-inspired dress, at stores like H&M or Forever 21, and pair it with a tailored blazer or nice birthday jewelry, you can easily make a garment come off as more luxurious. Not, of course, that everything you wear needs to look like you bought it right off the runway, but if you can achieve that effect for a whole lot less, why not?