I wish there were a less heady and obnoxious word for "minimalism".
Somehow, the semi-artistic sounding phrase is a little too heavy for a concept that essentially means "simple".
It's not surprising, though, considering that the "Fashion" industry is essentially made up of really straightforward things made complicated for the sake of maintaining exclusivity.
We've all gotta feel important, though.
or "really simple-ism" as I [never] like to call it,
is actually a fairly interesting little trend considering how, well, simple,
it really is.
The fact that it took the 60's art world by storm is unexpected if you consider the extreme social turmoil that was simultaneously taking place.
maybe the much-needed relief of nothingness is to be expected.
In that vein, I guess the comforting/nostalgic motivation for the ubiquitous ironic throwbacks suddenly cropping (heh) up everywhere could also be responsible for our sudden urge to again go minimal.
'Cause is there anything more relaxing than "giving up" while still looking super duper chic?
you're too complicated,
so let me counteract you with some boxy monochrome and a stoic expression for just a lil' bit."
Except nix "stoic" and replace it with "idiotic"
for the intersection between high fashion
I can only be so cool.
Which is why I've culled & curated (copied) the following tips & tricks for executing "minimalism" "effectively" from Refinery 29 . . .
1. Boxiness & Androgyny
2. One or Two muted hues
3. Clean, crisp, lines
4. Cut-outs & slits (in otherwise simple ensembles)
5. One bright accessory for relief from monotony
6. Slim cut suits
7. Counteract simplicity w/ feminine fabrics
Or just do as I do and wear your pajamas.
|shirt, shorts, shoes: Forever 21. Don't Judge.|
photos by Shoaib
photos by Shoaib