UPDATE: This story was originally published on May 22.
It's practically summer, which should mean you've gone through at least one major closet-purge. And if you're still in that back-to-basics mindset, watch out: One of spring's biggest trends is minimalism, which means your newfound dedication to keeping it simple is about to come in super handy. Ahead, we've got seven surefire tricks for pulling off the clean-and-crisp look, from head to toe. Welcome to a whole new you!
While the goal of minimalism is a sleek, streamlined effect, it doesn't require anything overly tight (thank goodness!) So, skip the Catwoman look and try experimenting with silhouette and drape. We like this combo of a flowing top and shorts in a simple, muted color-palette.
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An outfit comprised of just two hues can pack a serious punch. Follow this lead and opt for pieces that create an optical effect. Here, a pop of pure white breaks up the solid black separates and keeps the eye moving toward the incredible shoes.
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Think you can't do minimalism because you love color? Think again! Choose clean-lined separates, like a sleek sweater and a pleated skirt, in a muted hue, and top them off with elegant accessories for a totally put-together effect.
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There's no rule that says minimalism can't be sexy — in fact, we think it's quite the opposite. Look for flattering cutouts and dresses or skirts with a high slit, and keep the rest of your outfit simple and fuss-free.
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If you can't bear the thought of eschewing color completely, we understand. A bright shoe or bag can make a graphic frock or monochromatic look feel a little more "you."
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Take the trend to work by suiting up in a soft, feminine pastel shade. Make sure the suit is cut on the narrow side, and fits you like a glove. A sexy pump or sandal will guarantee you don't look like a preschooler.
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Minimalism and androgyny go hand-in-hand, but you can inject some femininity and softness by mixing lush textures — think lace, silk, embroidery, eyelet, and other summer-friendly fabrics.
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