Confessions of a Pseudo-Minimalist

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I know maximalism is having a moment. And while parrots, vintage curtains, and real live fashion bloggers everywhere are surely celebrating this moment in fashion history, you know who’s not? Scandinavian furniture retailers, that’s who. Also, me.

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It’s not so much that I “hate prints” as I “hate looking like a human tablecloth”. I can fully get behind a full-length floral trench coat atop a striped skirt and polka-dotted crew neck when it is making its way down a runway or artfully styled for a beautiful editorial—but for daily life, the idea of wearing so many statement pieces at once stresses me out. Where is your eye supposed to go?

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I believe the kinder term for my way of sartorial thinking would be “minimalist”. The more realistic way of putting that is “boring”, which I am personally not offended by. Let’s face it, it’s the truth. I can admire Gucci from afar for the art that it is but would rather surrender my future firstborn than throw out my favourite black turtleneck. Once, I wore the same white button down three days in one week. I also have three variations of the same black heeled ankle bootie. SUE ME.

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I realise that confessing this makes me potentially the worst pseudo-fashion blogger in existence. Don’t worry, I’ll make up for it; I’m plotting a sugarbear hair #spon post soon!!!!!

Here we have me in a variation on my real-life everyday uniform. A turtleneck (spicing things up and opting for brown instead of black!), jeans (of the trendy cropped flare species; does this make me more interesting?), and ankle boots (tbh these are filler shoes until I track down the cognac bootie of my dreams) (also, dibs on trademarking “cognac bootie” for the name of my debut country EP).

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I added a hair bow because I found it in my bathroom whilst doing my makeup and figured it deserved a field trip. Upon reflection, I understand that this was not the wisest move in my quest to cultivate the persona of a cool New Yorker, so I quickly remedied the situation by downing a few black coffees and chainsmoking a pack of cigs on a Soho street corner.

(Just kidding mom.)

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16 Comments

  1. Erika De La Castro

    I don’t think your look is boring at all. I’d use “sophisticated” even with the bow. 😉 I’m totally going to go order a turtleneck.

  2. Southern & Style

    I love neutrals as well, although I have to say…I am also a huge sucker for a bright floral print too!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  3. I love this look, sometimes less is more. And your hair is PERFECT btw!

  4. I’m definitely a more neutral person. I’ve been in to camo lately though. The bow was a fab addition. A+ for last minute inspo.

  5. I used to be into crazy loud prints, but I’ve toned it down a lot recently as I’ve gotten older! I think the key is to keep it simple with most of your pieces and to only have one standout piece, that way it’s not overwhelming. I also love how you styled the hair bow; I got rid of mine upon moving out recently but I’m starting to regret that decision…oops
    -Emily
    https://norepeatsorhesitations.com/2017/10/11/how-to-get-your-stranger-things-fix-while-waiting-for-season-2/

  6. I love your style! It’s totally classic. I am not one for loud patterns either, at least no more than one pattern per outfit, every once in a while!

  7. I adore this outfit! You’re styling is so cute! I love the boots especially!

  8. I love this classic look, and it’s definitely not boring! Can’t go wrong with simple neutrals!

  9. That bow is so cute! Love this outfit.

  10. Aww, You look so gorgeous! I really love your hair and your outfit!

  11. Love this timeless outfit! You look super chic.
    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

  12. seauxtailored

    Love the outfit and your hair is goals!

    http://www.seauxtailored.com

  13. lovelysilvia

    I’m in love with your pants! They are so cute!

  14. You never cease to amaze me with your styling genius! I love the bow in your hair paired with the trendy pants and classic turtle neck! xoRach | http://www.rkcsouthern.com

  15. You look so pretty! That color looks perfect on you

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