Minimalism & Maximalism





Maximalism – In the arts, maximalism, a reaction against minimalism, is an esthetic of excess and redundancy. The philosophy can be summarized as “more is more”, contrasting with the minimalist motto “less is more”. via Wikipedia

As my wardrobe skews more and more minimalist, my accessories are becoming more and more maximalist. I find myself attracted to the studded, gilded and borderline gaudy. But when worn with a simple outfit, an over the top accessory becomes a fun point of interest against a clean backdrop.

This handbag for example is a maximalist cacophony of textures and glitz. A suede bucket bag is covered in large gold studs, large gold grommets, and carried by a gold chain strap for good measure. It’s pretty ridiculous looking, really. But against a simple white and grey palette with minimal detail, it pops in a really cool way. And that, my friends, is how minimalism and maximalism coexist in the same wardrobe.

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Blazer Banana Republic (similar & similar)
Tee Gap
Jeans thanks to Fitcode (also here)
Shoes Gianvito Rossi
Handbag Jerome Dreyfuss partially thanks to Shopbop (in silver) (also love this one)
Watch Larsson & Jennings (similar)
Bracelet Frye
Jewelry Downtown LA, vintage, Catbird, and Vrai & Oro

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  1. says: Katie

    I like that a lot! I tend to be pretty straightforward with my clothes, but I’ve found that occasionally I’m attracted to bright, “excessive” accessories but don’t know what to do with them. I like the idea of using a played-down backdrop to play up something else for a cool effect.

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