What can I say, I am obsessed with the Ryan from Everlane. I have Ryans (yes, multiple) in the tank and the tee. So, imagine my delight when they released it in a long sleeve! These wardrobe staples are everything you want in a tee of any sleeve length. They are silky, soft, and perfectly slouchy. They come in five different basic colors - black, charcoal, heather, navy, and white.
The statement necklace is not a new trend but it is a lasting one. It is an easy and singular piece that can bring a look together and to the next level. No matter your personal style leanings there is a necklace for you to get in on it. Here are some of my recent favorites.
Stuart Weitzman is offering the chance to customize your very own pair of the Nudist sandals just in time for summer. There are two heel options, 4.5 and 2.75 inches. There are twelve colors to choose from. The finish - patent, lace, nappa leather, suede, python, and linen - varies by color. While these are not cheap, they are elegant, simple, and sexy. If you choose wisely, they should last for sometime and be easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. All orders must be placed by March 12th and will arrive in June.
When I saw this picture of actress and blogger, Ashley Madekwe, I was smitten with her look. She looks modern, on trend, comfortable, and unfussy. The pristine jumpsuit, the warm neutrals to compliment, metallic details through her manicure and minimal jewelry, and the finishing soft, natural makeup - it is well put together and quite chic. It also nails a hallmark of minimal style - clean lines.
"Minimalism is not about abandoning pattern or print. I see minimalism to be a philosophy that involves an overall sense of balance, knowing when to take away, subtract. It's an indulgence in superbly executed cut, quiet plays of color tones and clean strong shapes."
- Calvin Klein
Here is a beautifully executed example Calvin Klein's vision of minimalism from the collection's recent pre-fall showing from designer Francisco Costa.
In thinking about minimalist style, I have been coming back to the notion of a well-curated wardrobe. It may not be a necessary aspect of minimalist style because surely one could amass many items that could fit the aesthetic. I tend to think that a person with minimalist style would more likely fall into the closet editor camp than the closet builder. Only purchasing and keeping items that truly matched their needs and style direction. I came across this routine that the late George Carlin delivered where he discusses "stuff". It is hilarious and provides some perspective about all the "stuff" we may deem as necessities. It inspired me to reconsider my stuff and move closer to a well-curated wardrobe.
Lately, I have become completely enamored with the particular shade of blue pictured here. Usually my eye is drawn to bright, bold shades but when shopping recently, I want everything in this soothing hue. I realized the pattern, after a friend pointed it out. It does have a calming effect that could function well with brights, neutrals or even other pastels. I will definitely be adding it to my wardrobe for a good dose of palette cleansing.
Eileen Fisher is a well executed minimalist clothing brand and store. The vision has been consistent in its desire to make dressing easy for women through establishing a system of basics that are easily mixed and matched. These foundation pieces, like a silky camisole, are offered each season with slight design variations and proportion play to keep items fresh and modern. I particularly enjoy their seasonal planners. These documents show you the entire season's offerings and release months for the individual pieces. I find it helpful in wardrobe planning, style direction, and budgeting.
Aside from the system dressing and wardrobe planning appeal for the minimalist, the clothing is minimal in its design. The pieces are simple, linear, in a (mostly) neutral color palette, and made from comfortable fabrics like silk and jersey. Here are some looks from a recent feature on the website.
Madewell sent a sneak peek email of their spring offerings with the opportunity to buy/reserve your favorite pieces before they sell out, get backordered until Memorial Day, etc. Last year, Madewell made some changes within their design team. A new head designer, Somsack Sikhounmuong, was brought in to rework the brand's concept. This is his first collection for the brand. Madewell's signature item: denim remains but the overall look is more streamlined, cool, and well-traveled. Here are some of my favorite looks from the preview.
Here is a look I styled on polyvore around the concept of tonal dressing. I chose shades of grey and added subtle variety with warmth from the wooden soled sandal and the olive green handbag. I kept the accessory and makeup portion simple and fresh to match the quality of the look - light, sheer lips and modern, pearl earrings.
The spring summer 2014 campaign from Miu Miu features four bright, young actresses: Elle Fanning, Bella Heathcote, Lupita Nyong'o, and Elizabeth Olsen. The campaign was shot by Inez and Vinoodh. Miu Miu has a youthful, spirited aesthetic to their designs. It comes as no surprise that they chose to feature rising stars that align well with their vision.