The Minimalist Movement

Photo by: Kylie Henson

Everyday, a growing number of fashion devotees jump aboard the minimalist movement. While some style enthusiasts find that fashion is a colorful wave of breaking rules, others follow the minimalist approach. Minimalist style involves having a monochrome wardrobe with mostly white, black and neutral colors. It’s based on basic pieces tailored to the person as if it were made specifically for them. In fashion, minimalism often takes the form of a capsule closet, where one has only a few pieces that they can layer and pair differently to create a myriad of looks. Simple lines, white space and accessories elevate basic pieces.

Elegant, simple, composed. While some think minimalism is having a small wardrobe and usually acquaint the word with males, minimalism has proven to be the style world’s guide to a fashionable everyday uniform. The minimalist has found a simple way to create a stylish look without having to utilize multiple fashion statements. Although I don’t identify as a minimalist, I can appreciate and take tips from those who do such as Threads assistant editor Karysma. I look up to Karysma, because she can create masterpieces from only a few simple pieces in her closet. She keeps to neutral colors so she can match anything on any given day and pairs accessories accordingly with one or two pieces of jewelry. Her trick to minimalism is layering.

“I like to stay simple with my wardrobe, so the less pieces and accessories the better.” Karysma said.

Having a capsule closet has proved to be the environmentally conscious way to style. Buying pieces that are tailored to you not only cuts down on textile waste but saves thousands of dollars. It also saves time because you’ve got less to choose from and outfits already in mind.

As a money saving, time preserving, environmentally friendly solution to the fashionista’s dilemma, it’s a wonder why I haven’t adopted minimalism into my overstuffed closet.

I’m a fashion hoarder. I’ve looked into starting a capsule closet, and I know it would make life so much easier, but everytime I think about emptying my closet and getting rid of everything, I almost tear up.

Every piece of clothing I own is a piece that I spent time and money on or that I wore and now holds a special memory that I can relive every time I put it back on. For me, my closet is like a collector’s garage, although my clothes may not be worth much, I’ve spent years accumulating things that I loved, and getting rid of everything to start over again puts more panic than peace in my mind. Like Carrie Bradshaw once said, “I like my money where I can see it, in my closet.”

Although a minimalist concept sounds like every woman’s closet solution, some women just can’t part with the colorful, rumbustious collection behind their closet doors.

Photo by: Kylie Henson    Model: Karysma Hicks

Photo by: Kylie Henson

Photo by: Kylie Henson

Photo by: Kylie Henson

Photo by: Kylie Henson

Photo by: Kylie Henson

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