Less Is More For Summer Fashion

Minimalism conjures up two images; either dull and boring or sophisticated and effortlessly stylish. Done in the right way people will think you have walked off of the streets of Paris and who knows, maybe you could give Victoria Beckham or Emma Stone a run for their money.

Dress for your figure: Find out which styles and cuts look good on you. The key to this trend is good fitting clothes – nothing too baggy or too tight. Think sleek, sharp lines and clean tailoring. It is all about looking like the clothes were made specifically for you. Adding a few sneaky stitches or darts yourself is a cheap and quick way of achieving this.
Create a wardrobe of basics: Once you have found your complementary styles and cuts, invest in a wardrobe of basic items that will carry you through season on season. Classic cuts and clean lines will never go out of fashion.
Stick to a neutral palette and build on it: The standard minimalist uniform centres on a muted neutral palette – this doesn’t mean sticking to monochrome, unless you want to of course. Think black, white, grey, nudes and navy. All of these shades complimenting each other or providing a brilliant base to add that statement piece.
Neutral doesn’t mean boring: This palette is your base – mix and match fabrics to spice up the neutral palette. Go for gentle silks or lace, or be daring with leather. Let the fabric do the talking.
Don’t be afraid of colour: Adding colour splashes is key in this trend; whether it is through that neon belt or statement necklace. It is important to remember less is more, stick to one stand out item in your outfit. Accessories will soon become your best friend.
Know your trends: Some trends never go out of fashion, whether it is those classic Breton stripes or pastels. Opt for these trends in a classic cut – a pastel blazer is perfect for the spring. For this seasons prints such as Aztec or florals pick them in an understated neutral colour, this will scream style and class.
It is not just clothes that make your outfit: Your hair and make-up will tie this whole look together. Go for a sleek ponytail or soft curls for a more girly look. Make up wise opt for a peachy blush or a matte bronze, lashings of mascara with nude or the classic pillar box red lips.
Remember, with this trend, less is always more!


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Shelley Hazlewood

July 2021
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