Are you overly stressed at work?
Is decision-making a burden?
Do you crave tranquility?
Before you grab your pill box, try minimalist fashion as the antidote. A term for architecture stripped down to its essential quality and simplicity, minimalism can be a tool for getting “centered” in mind and spirit. Here are a few tips for creating minimalist outfits that inspire order, calm and spiritual balance.
Dress monochromatically. Dressing all in one color family makes putting an outfit together easy. You can mix different shades within a color family– for example placing lighter blues on areas you want to emphasize and darker blues on areas you want to recede. Neutrals (from dark chocolate to caramel to marshmallow to gray and taupe) create nurturing and reliable feelings. Subtle blues (turquoise, teal, sky blue) are like calm waters with a strong undertone. Earthy greens ( like olive, sea foam, moss) send a message of good health, growth and unity. Black is considered luxurious and sophisticated, but it can also be aggressive, fearful and intimidating. Use sparingly unless it complements your natural color scheme.
Mix Textures. Our sense of touch is powerful– so much so that our eyes find “touchable” fabrics attractive. They take a monochromatic outfit from flat to fab. Mixed textures not only look sophisticated, they camouflage bumps and sweat. If an outfit is all linen, throw on a statement necklace with various metals, beads, leathers. Or a woven canvas handbag and embossed shoes.
Play With Proportion. Minimalists add drama by playing with unexpected or exaggerated proportions rather than a traditional form-fitted/functional approach. Using long vertical or diagonal lines from shoulder to toe is a flattering strategy for most body types. But you may like an exaggerated shoulder line or a pantaloon. Experiment and find a dramatic proportion that comforts you.
Integrate these ideas into your daily wardrobe and see how they affect your mood and personal space. It may not be your every-day style preference, but for those times when you need a “little helper,” it’s a safe and creative option. I love Amalthee designs for the creative minimalist.
Thea Wood, AICI FLC Austin’s Signature Stylist #Over40Chat Co-host keywords: lookbook, minimalist, minimalism, fashion, #over40, signature style, monochromatic dressing, mixed textures, spiritual healing, wellness