can a minimalista be a fashionista? - can a minimalista be a fashionista?Maybe. It depends on your definition of fashionista.

If it’s the Wiktionary definition of:

A person who dresses according to the trends of fashion, or one who closely follows those trends.

Then it doesn’t seem to fit with minimalism philosophy.

Always chasing the latest trends means that you’re always chasing the latest trends.

Now if being a fashionista is defined as someone who has developed their own personal style, then sign me up!

I may not have a lot of clothes, but that doesn’t mean that what I do own has to be ugly.

In fact, I only own my best clothes now. So by default, that’s all I wear.

defining style

What does being stylish mean?

Let’s use Audrey Hepburn to illustrate.

Why? Because Audrey Hepburn is always used as a style icon. Cliché yes, but there’s a reason.

See if the Audrey Hepburn of the 1960s was to magically appear in the 2010s, she would fit right in. Her style is timeless.

Audrey Hepburn was the original minimalista fashionista. She picked a few classic pieces that looked good on her and made them her own.

need some inspiration?

If you’re wondering how to put together your own minimalist wardrobe, here are some resources to get you started:

  • Janice of The Vivienne Files puts together the most amazing vignettes of clothing. She uses different color palettes, which is great since we all have our preferences. I’m particularly enjoying her A Common Wardrobe series where she takes 12 casual pieces and dresses them up!
  • Courtney Carver is the creator of Project 333, where participants select 33 items to wear for 3 months. If you’re looking to simplify your wardrobe, minimalist or not, this is a great place to start!

And next week I’ll be posting photos of my own minimalist wardrobe!

You don’t have to give up a love of fashion to become a minimalist. As Coco Chanel was quoted as saying:

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

I’m going with Coco on this one.

9 thoughts on “can a minimalista be a fashionista?

  1. Erin

    You’re so right about Audrey Hepburn!

    I’m nowhere near being a minimalist in any aspect of my life, but I’ve cut down on my wardrobe a lot. I had (have) tons of things that don’t even fit me anymore and haven’t for several years. I’m starting with those. Once they’re gone I’ll hopefully be able to tackle what’s left.

    I’d like to develop my own style, preferably one that I stick with for the long term :)

  2. living lagom Post author

    I heart Audrey! She’s definitely someone to emulate.

    It took me quite a while though, but I think I’ve finally found my own personal style.

  3. Megan

    You can definitely be a minimalist and a fashionista! When I lived abroad for a year, I only had a fraction of my wardrobe. When one of my roommates commented that I always dressed well, I realised it was because I had only brought my best clothes with me. I realised that if I purged my wardrobe of everything but my best pieces, I could always be well dressed. So that’s exactly what I did when I got home :)

  4. living lagom Post author

    Ahhh pressure!!! :) I’m glad people are talking about it too. Some people have a harder time than others visualizing how to put outfits together – minimalist or not. Resources are always helpful! Plus, I’m nosy and like a look into people’s closets…

  5. living lagom Post author

    It’s a great strategy! Why wouldn’t everyone want to wear only their favorite or best items? Last time I checked, clothes were meant to be worn, not saved.

  6. stacey k

    when i was travelling, there was this rule of backpacker-dom that said that minimal fashion meant taupe pants that zip off at the knee, thai fisherman pants and perhaps a few other items, but they better be earth-toned. however, that was never really me… i like my bold colours and prints!
    over time, i’ve developed a mentality of not being attached to my clothes – when you treat your clothes as easy-come, easy-go, you can be rocking any crazy fashion for a few months, and when you’re over it, they go straight to the salvation army without a second thought. and while i’m at the salvation army…i pick something else up that i can enjoy for as little or as long as i want. when it comes to buying new clothes, i also go with the investing in quality, classic pieces, and only buy something if it fits well now – the odds of me actually getting around to mending/altering it are slim.
    a lot of my basic pieces are black (both because it matches everything, and because i feel sexy in black), and i like to mix it up with loud tights/accessories. anyways…. long comment… all this to say – it’s totally possible to rock a killer style without becoming absorbed in buying new stuff all the time :)

  7. living lagom Post author

    Buying secondhand is a great way to change up your look if you get tired of wearing the same stuff over and over again. And it’s great that you can just donate it again once you’re done with it!

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