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.
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:
- Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home wore the same men’s shirt for 50 days in 50 different ways! She also has a series called Mini-Wardrobe Faves where she shows you how she styles her red dress and striped shirt.
- 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.