Monday, August 16, 2010

Fall Fashion Look 1 - Minimalism

For some of us school has just started and for others it is about to start. Either way, or even if you aren't starting a new school year, fall is about new possibilities and fresh starts as a new season begins. Lately, we have seen a lot of frills, beads, sequins, ruffles, patterns, prints, fringes, buttons and basically any embellishment you can possibly think of plastered on clothes. Phoebe Philo, Creative Director for CĂ©line, has started afresh. She has brought back Minimalism and it has taken over the fall runways with spirit.

Calvin Klein, a master of minimalism, described it this way, "Minimalism is not about abandoning pattern or print. I see minimalism to be a philosophy that involves an overall sense of balance, knowing when to take away, subtract. It's an indulgence in superbly executed cut, quiet plays of color tones and clean strong shapes."

Amanda Brooks writes in her book, I Love Your Style, "From what what I have learned there are two versions of minimalism in fashion. There is the heady, more conceptual idea of inventing new shapes, proportions and silhouettes as a way to create interest in the absence of decoration. And then there is the idea of taking more classic shapes and proportions and stripping them down to their barest essentials."
Amanda also gives us a list of what she considers the essentials to a minimalist style:
  • Button-down Cotton Shirt
  • Perfect Black Pants - what makes them perfect is if they serve your purposes
  • Simple Black Dress
  • Simple Tailored Jacket
  • Heavy Winter Coat
  • Solid Color Cashmere Sweaters
  • One Chic Handbag - preferably black or another muted color, no hardware
  • Flats or possibly Pumps
  • Simple Watch - a good choice would be a men's watch
She adds that if you want to mix it up a little or add some spice to what can come off as an overly severe style then you have options:
  • Decorate - a bow on a blouse, a string of pearls, or a fresh flower but don't overdue it
  • Choose softer, more feminine pieces that drape and flow
  • Go vintage - Designer Pierre Cardin for instance
  • Wear a Cape to amp up the drama
  • Pick a Tuxedo
  • Add personality with something shiny like a patent leather clutch or metallic shoes
Teen Vogue intern, Media Brecher, says this about minimalism, "It's uncomplicated and classic, it actually forces you to be more creative, the focus is on fewer pieces, so you have to find a way to make those pieces shine."
Her fall must-haves are as follows:
  • Mod Minis - a throwback from the sixties
  • Tailored Pea Coats
  • and Skinny Black Pants
Because pictures are worth a thousand words, I have pulled pieces from all over the fashion industry to give you an idea of where to find minimal clothes and how to pull this look off.
I know that my budget is fairly tight and that most girls in the midwest don't care to spend thousands on a new fall wardrobe either but first I want to show some High Fashion looks.

A Burberry Blazer priced at $2,173.50

And that's enough for High Fashion. Here are two mid-range priced looks from Anthropologie:

Both looks are perfect because they need no extra pieces. They are special and classic and work on their own.

And last but not least, the affordable looks, what regular people can actually hope to afford:

I created this look on H&M's website and all the items can be found there.
Handbag - $14.95
Poncho - $19.95
Shirt - $9.95
Pants - $49.95

Shirt found at Forever 21, $9.50; Clutch found at Forever 21, $12.80

Pants found at Forever 21, $22.80; Blazer found at Forever 21, $32.80

Tunic found at Charlotte Russe, $24.00


  1. My apologies for some of the technical issues in this post.... The preview should have shown these... but it didn't.

  2. awesome post! loveee the charlotte russe tunic and the anthropologie dress, especially. i will definitely be following this blog! (: