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WTH Is Minimalist Fashion? Read These 3 Books To Find Out

In the world of Sabyasachi and Versace, can fashion be minimalist? Turns out, yes! Minimalist fashion is a whole genre of fashion that we just learnt about. A perfunctory Google search tells us that minimalist fashion is based on three principles:

1. Keep it simple

This means no ornate patterns or embroidery or other embellishments. Clean cuts, simple silhouettes.

2. Repurpose

So, repurpose mom’s old sarees to make new lehengas, kurtas, cholis, suits for yourself. Repurpose one piece of clothing and wear it in different ways.

3. Less is more, and this is meant quite literally in minimalist fashion

Own less clothes. If you think about it, how many outfits do you actually need? Do you have exactly the amount of outfits you need - assuming you need at least one for every kind of occasion, but maybe not more than that for some occasions? Or, do you have less? Or more? Most likely, you have more than you need, and that goes against the principles of minimalist fashion.

Are we… erm... fashionably late to the party? Did you know about this? Also, side note: it seems like minimalist fashion is tailor made for writers. We don’t know about you, but we’re about to start reading these books on minimalist fashion:

Project 33: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge That Proves That Less Really Is So Much More! by Courtney Carver

project 333 book

In Project 333, minimalist expert and author of Soulful Simplicity Courtney Carver takes a new approach to living the simple life. She starts with your wardrobe. The book promises that not only can you survive with just 33 items in your closet for 3 months, but you'll thrive just like the thousands of women who have taken on this challenge and never looked back. Are you up for some serious de-cluttering?

The Stylish Minimalist Wardrobe: How To Look Good, Save Money, Declutter Your Wardrobe And Your Life by Vanessa Johnson

fashion book recommendation

This book promises to teach us a lot more than minimalist fashion, including how to get kids to take us more responsibility. So, yes, minimalist fashion is that rare breed of fashion that’s practical for moms of young kids too. Or, as its blurb says, it’s for anyone who feels rushed in life.

The Capsule Wardrobe: 1000 Outfits From 30 Pieces by Wendy Mak

the capsule wardrobe book

Now, this book is the alma mater of all the fashion bloggers who show you five ways of wearing a white shirt or some such. This is a book that everybody needs to buy, regardless of whether you call yourself a minimalist or not.

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