Simple Doesn’t Mean Boring!
Happy day, Reader dearest!
What’s new with you? I’m over summer. Even if most of what I am wearing still looks like my summer wardrobe, I’m staying busy trying to give those summer looks a fall twist. (Of course, I DO have some Beauty Bundles up my sleeve to help with that!) I have wonderful childhood memories of fall and of back-to-school shopping. That may explain my preference for fall style and fall fashion. Even if most of that shopping was for uniform items…
This fall, I haven’t done much shopping. Except for shopping my closet. Yes, that’s where I always start, but this fall, I went about building my capsule from a different angle. Rather than starting with an inspiration board and color, I started with the pieces I knew I wanted to include and worked backwards to see where that would take me.
This backward (for me) approach, couples with a more minimal (than maximal) feel this season. And a desire for a more womanly look. Think simple, feminine AND grown up.
When I say minimal, I don’t mean a mininal aesthetic, or a need to limit myself to all black, white, denim and grey. Nor do I see it as a challenge to live with as few items as possible (Although… I am the girl who needs some item limits.) Rather than minimal, maybe the word the word simple is the place to start?
What Is Simple Style?
The trick of simple style is that you get to define simple for YOU! It’s time for me to look back and re-define what Simple Style means to me, and how that is going to play out in my style and my wardrobe as I rebuild from a reboot. I don’t need a whole new wardrobe for Simple Style, mostly a few changes to how I put together an outfit.
That said, here are three actions to to take if you are looking to simplify your style without getting bored OR want to add some interest to your style without getting all “fancy.”
Select Interesting Pieces
Interesting doesn’t have to mean bold patterns or flashy rhinestones. Although… If that’s your thing, rock it! When I bought this blouse, I knew it was going to be an outfit maker, or you might say a Wardrobe Wonder. It makes an outfit all by itself!
Colorblocking is big again this fall, and you don’t have to go all crazy with the accessories to create interest. Let color do it for you! (Black isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.) I don’t mean adding a color to a neutral. I mean wearing two colors, preferably two that suit you!
Pattern mixing is another easy way to create super style without a lot of fuss! For some tips, check out the video in this post. To keep a pattern mix look simple, keep the accessories subtle. Like in this look…
Choose Your Statement
Pick ONE. Here’s a fave look from summer reworked for fall and business. This look is all about the fuschia earrings. (And the drape of the blouse.) Keeping the rest of the outfit simple lets the details shine. (Like those earrings could hide!) Picking one statement, like the earrings here, or the blouse in the first picture, let’s the statement shine and keeps the rest of the look simple.
How About You?
What does simple style mean to you? Are you more of a minimalist or a maximalist when it comes to your style? Does that change by season? Or has it changed with the years? Does style not factor into your definition of simplicity at all? Is simplicity a goal or an idea that speaks to you? What would you like to simplify in your world? Do tell… I love to hear from you!
From a proponent of simplicity…