How to put together a minimalist, yet dressed-up outfit?
I’m a minimalist. For me less is more, whether we’re talking about accessorizing or the number of clothes I have in my wardrobe. Having too much stuff makes me anxious.
It is therefore no surprise that I don’t really have anything that would qualify as formal wear. I have no use for it; why would I keep it hanging in the closet ‘just in case‘? Instead, on the few occasions I want to dress up, I simply mix and match the semi-casual clothes I have, add a few accessories, and pass my lack of decorum off as being too cool for school…
Truth be told, I would feel extremely uncomfortable in anything ‘formal’. It’s just not me. So, even my dressed up outfits have to feel comfortable and look somewhat casual.
And that’s why this outfit follows my standard formula for comfy clothing: relaxed trousers and a top that doesn’t restrict movement. In other words, I just replaced my habitual t-shirt with a sleeveless white crossover blouse. And added heels. Well, what passes for heels in my world, anyway…
However, even though I might be completely comfort-driven as far as clothing is concerned, I’m also a self-confessed snob. I insist on quality materials: how clothes feel on my skin is important, and I hate anything ‘cheap and cheerful‘. And I never take shortcuts as far as my accessories are concerned: only the best will do. For me, luxury is in the details. And the less details there are, the more striking they should be. So yes, I do love designer handbags, and you bet my pearls are real…
trousers: Monki / top: Sand (old) /wool poncho: Marja Kurki /
sunglasses: Marimekko (old) / bag: Chanel / shoes: Hotter (old)
location: Hotel Pestana Casino Park, Madeira
What do you wear when you want to dress up?
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