It’s so important that that I teach all my clients this skill. It is one of my ‘Seven Simple Principles of Dressing’ so that you look bold, sassy, modern and stylish.
To make classic clothes feel modern and stylish rather than boring and out-of-date, look for classics that have simple touches that make them a bit different. You can wear these clothes for years by using your accessories to give them that added touch of your unique personality.
Your Guide to Simple Details
- Look for tops with little changes at your neckline or hemline.
- Look for buttons, a subtle split sleeve (not cold-shoulder), flares or frills etc on the sleeves.
- Look for a pencil skirt in basic colours/patterns in a textured material.
- Look for ankle pants or slim leg pants.
When you always choose to buy clothes with a touch of difference to them, you can live with fewer clothes because every item expresses your style and personality. They are all calling ‘Pick me! Pick Me!’ when you open your wardrobe door.
Simple Details and a Minimalist Wardrobe
Simple Details are also the key to creating a Minimalist Wardrobe. Whether you choose to have a Minimal Work Wardrobe based around one colour or a number of clothes that can be mixed, matched and given totally different looks with small accessory changes, variety is the key to making it a lifelong habit rather than a short-lived fad. Clothes with different necklines or sleeves make selecting an outfit for the day both a visual and a tactile choice.
When Retailers Ignore Simple Details
To me this is why Diana Ferrari stores in Australia are closing down. Their shoes use simple details to give them that touch of difference. Their clothes did not. Diana Ferrari has stayed with the same designs and only a change of colour or pattern for years. Today’s baby boomers and women over 50 will not accept ‘boring’ clothes. Diana Ferrari will not be the last to close their doors.
A Quick Visual Guide to Simple Details
Here are two graphics I created. I practise what I preach. This first one below shows photos of me over the years in some of the tops I have owned or still own with simple, interesting details that make dressing from my Minimalist Wardrobe a joy for me.
The second graphic below has 12 current fashion items from six Australian and one US retailer where their designers have added that small, simple touch of difference to their clothes. Jacqui E is the only one that I have seen who has ever highlighted this feature (see top graphic). You generally have to search for them among a sea of fashion conformity.
Hope you found value in this quick guide to an interesting, stylish and unique wardrobe.