How to Style Minimalist Outfits with Fun Details
Quote of the day: “In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Max De Pree
I bet you’ve heard the saying “it’s all in the details.” While that can mean many different things to many different people, we are going to try showcasing our details today with minimalist outfits. That might seem oxymoronic, but I thought it’d be a fun challenge.
The quote spoke to me because I interpreted it that change is necessary. And while we get into style ruts and habits over the years, it’s not always easy to change these ways. Or as my mom always says, “I’ve been doing it this way for over 70 years, and you expect me to change?” LOL!
How is this a change, you may ask. Because the three of us tend to wear accessories. A lot of them. And while I don’t consider that a bad thing, I know many women don’t subscribe to this practice. So could we showcase fun details without the usual accessories? You tell me if we succeeded.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: Needless to say, it’s hard for me to put together an outfit with a minimalist approach.
But these choker tops are one item that I think would be perfect if you don’t love adding in jewelry or scarves. And the best thing is there are many of these shirts that are inexpensive like this one or this one.
I don’t know what it is about wearing some of the new trends, but for some reason when I put on this shirt, I feel 10 years younger. I’m sure I look it too, ha ha!
Of course, I couldn’t NOT wear jewelry. I figured these large hoop earrings added some interest without taking too much away from the overall outfit.
Hoop earrings are one of those basics that come around every couple of years. I think it’s the circle of life…pun intended! I picked these up at DSW recently for a whopping $3.
Do you consider a purse an accessory?
Personally I consider it a necessity when you’re going anywhere. But that doesn’t mean your purse has to be boring, right?
One idea if you don’t love all kinds of extras in your outfit, is to have a standout purse. Now that could mean a print version but in neutrals, a bright colored print purse, or even a floral option. Or you could opt for a solid colored purse more like mine with texture like cork or perforations.
The last item I chose that adds in fun are my print pants. I just purchased these in an online shopping spree when LOFT had their 70% off day. I rationalized that they could work nicely for some dressier events when I don’t want to wear skirts.
Print pants might never be thought of as an option some of you may think. But trust me when I say, it hides the lumps and bumps. If you don’t believe me, then notice how you can see my bra indents with my solid colored top. If I were wearing a print top, you wouldn’t notice those. It’s the same with pants. Really! If you’re still not convinced, then buy an inexpensive pair like this or this and try it. Then you can thank me!
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy pulled out her print blazer for this challenge.
This would be a perfect office outfit for those of you still in the workplace. It’s probably conservative enough for most offices, yet there is some fun details too.
Many of us had “work” pants like this, but don’t always wear them much after we retire. However, I think they can be a great dress up option if you’re not in the mood to wear a skirt or dress.
A turtleneck is one of those basics that most of us have. And just like the stud earrings, there are some that could be more than plain, if you like to keep the pieces minimal. For example, there are animal prints, stripes or even textures.
Here’s a closeup of Nancy’s print blazer.
Not only is it a fun print, but it also has beading on parts of it. To me it’s a detail that you don’t notice from far away, but once you get closer, it’s like ta-da.
Print jackets could be the easiest way to add some fun to your outfits. Especially if you tend to dress in jeans and a solid colored top. For example, this one would go with every color top in your closet. Or here’s more of a loose fitting jacket to add some pizzazz to your body. Of course, if you like more subtle prints, there are plenty like those too.
Last but not least, Nancy chose her burgundy booties to tie in with the burgundy turtleneck. Maybe it’s just Nancy and the colors in her closet, but she’s gotten so much wear out of her tall burgundy boots, and her other pair of burgundy ankle boots. That’s why she had to indulge in this pair also.
For those who love great sales like I do, then this is the time to stock up on the winter items. For instance, this pair of animal print booties is more than half off, along with this perforated pair. Why not get a fun pair when they are such a great deal?
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: Not only did my mom stick with a minimalist outfit in terms of pieces, but she also went with the classic black and white.
And my mom wanted me to point out that she just saw her “inspiration” Joy Behar, wearing a cardigan almost like this on The View recently. Of course, I’d counter with the fact, that my mother has so many clothes in her closet that she could probably copy a ton of television persona, almost daily, LOL!
So let’s talk about the cardigan first. Sure, it’s a black cardigan, but it does have some design elements going on along with the white trim. There are many ways to make your basic black cardigan be more than basic. You could choose a different silhouette, one with lacework, or even texture.
In fact, my mom tried to show how the lapels of her cardigan could be placed inn the open position, cover each other, or folded back. Or they could have a mind of their own and each point the same way like below.
My mom still loves to wear her skirts and dresses whenever she can.
This tweed skirt is one that my mom made with some leftover material from a coat she made for Nancy. Don’t worry. I’m sure it’ll end up as a blog post about how my mom used every inch of material again like we showcased a couple of weeks ago.
I’m not sure if you noticed, but my mom had to sneak in an owl into the outfit. She always wears this Gucci watch that has changeable bevels and then she will add in a couple of rings! It just goes to show that even though I said this theme was minimalist outfits, this is her definition. Again, we can see that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Now let me point out the best thing about mom’s outfit. She’s wearing a new pair of over the knee boots. And did you even notice and think how inappropriate? Of course not. Because especially with skirts, they are the best thing ever. No more skin showing between the skirt and boots.
It’s the end of the season anyways, so just think of the great deals you can get before springtime. Black boots would probably be the most versatile for most of us, yet if you have a little bit of “hippy” still in you, then these would be incredible.
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You have to let me know….are you a minimalist? Is this exactly up your alley? Or do you like piling on the accessories? Truthfully, looking at these photos, I can see how the look is cleaner and streamlined. And just to get myself out of a rut, I may dress this way every once in a while.
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I think the easiest way to make the minimalist outfits stand out is with embellishments. I rounded up some pieces that you might like: