OK, let’s talk about statement pieces…
I packed this fabulous silk kimono for my holiday in Madeira as my go-to party outfit. For those special occasions, instead of a party dress.
I’m not really into party dresses. I find them too fussy and girly and just not-me. Let’s face it, my style is understated, minimalist, and above all comfortable. Deep down, I’m a jeans and a t-shirt girl. But one that tries to find a more luxurious alternative to the actual jeans and a t-shirt…
That’s the essence of Nordic style: back to basics, with a feel-good lux element thrown in. Sort of dressed-up minimalism, I suppose we could call it.
I don’t often do dressed-up, and even when I do, I try to tone it down a bit. You know, make it more understated, casual, less in-your-face. Or add some attitude: even though I like soft, luxurious materials like silk and cashmere, I’m a bit rough around the edges. And I feel most comfortable when my outfit reflects that. I suppose it’s a case of the outside matching the inside, or something…
Anyway, this outfit is quite minimalist: it’s just a pair of black wide-leg trousers worn under a kimono. As comfortable and simple as a pair of jeans and a t-shirt but a lot more glamorous.
It’s the accessories that create the look: sophisticated, a bit edgy, yet still quite understated.
The more feminine and delicate elements of the outfit – soft silk, the exotic pattern of the kimono and the pearl earrings – contrast with the metallic accents in the bag, shoes and belt. I like that: it makes this look just edgy enough for me to feel comfortable. Balance is important.
That’s because a statement piece like this one should become a wardrobe staple, something to be worn again and again. Besides, if there is a theme running through this blog, it’s buying less but buying better and rewearing old favourites till they fall apart.
However, because I usually tend to dress down whatever I’m wearing, this time I wanted to do something different and take it up a notch. In a very understated way, of course.
kimono: Klaus Haapaniemi / trousers: Marimekko / bag: Chanel /
shoes: Billi Bi / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana
location: Funchal, Madeira
So, what do you think?
Did I nail the dressed-up minimalist look?
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