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Also, look at raf simons' collections and his work at Jil Sander. He does minimalism at times well.

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and Narciso Rodriguez as well

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i wear a lot of tanks, jeans, & flip flops.
i love basic tops but in pretty colors. jeans - skinny flare or boot cut, length andr rise is very important. i dress up my outfits with jewelry or nice shoes.

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lalablossoms great advice! i like the idea of a lookbook, i do this with clothes i *want* which is another temptation altogether. but it's good to reflect on my own style and addictional* outfit ideas.

personally, i think one needs to cater to their own sense of style--look at the clothes you so far, what do you wear the most? what have you bought and not touched? what are your vices? i know buy a lot of shoes i never wear for the sake of aesthetics.

it's best to prune what you have than to go out on a whim on unnecessities this is only from my own experience i.e. i'm waay too impulsive for my own good, so it may not apply to you. i feel for those on a budget, as an art student, everything goes towards art supplies etc now.

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Thank you for the great advices lalablossoms!!!

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thanks hey kitten and midori, i'm still learning but i think i'm headed in the right direction

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Hum .. one of the MOST valued attributes on a really smart shopper is to be able to tell apart those pieces that you'll love forever .. it's the shopper holy grial .. finding the PERFECT pair of pants and buying 4 pairs right away so you can wear 'em for a loong time.

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thanks hey kitten and midori, i'm still learning but i think i'm headed in the right direction
Don't be so modest, you are way closer to the right direction than me..

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thanks gabichic as well, missed your post

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my version of minimalism is to have a color palette that I stick to - for my coloring it's whites and creams, pale pink to deeper pinks, even some red to burgundy, and some browns. I remember reading that you should stick to three colors. I can't do that but this works for me because it's a range of tones that all work well together, it's an individual look that suits my skin and hair tones (pale skin, dark red hair). This way I don't have a lot of mismatched clothing that I can't wear, which used to be the case when I just bought something because it's pretty and I like it. My system may not work for everyone but it works for me.

ETA I just went back and saw my same advice contained in another thread! I guess I'm seconding what she said, in part. ;-)


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i wear a lot of tanks, jeans, & flip flops.
i love basic tops but in pretty colors. jeans - skinny flare or boot cut, length andr rise is very important. i dress up my outfits with jewelry or nice shoes.
Thats not really minimalism per se. More sort of wearing basic items. If you see what i mean?lol

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I'm seventeen as well and this is one look that I've started to really get into over the months. I've always been the most-daring fashion-girlfriend out of all of my friends, and even though I've found some things in my closet, wondered what the hell I was thinking, gave it away, I'm glad I experimented around. I don't go after clothes with those bright pinks or crazy purples anymore. I've played around to see what colors work for me - whites, browns, reds, blacks.

This summer, I've been slowly coming across those pieces that are staples in my wardrobe. Things that are not just this season's trend and something you know you can wear repeatedly and still love it just as much. A trenchcoat was my first big staple. Especially if you're outdoors, it's almost an outfit itself. Nobody can tell what you're wearing underneath. My usual uniform is a plain white t-shirt (little boys shirts from Jockey or something like that are really cheap and a nice fit, my favorite is the Summer Shirt from American Apparel), a pair of skinny jeans or Johnson shorts, and really just one gold necklace. I have a long locket that I love and also a gold necklace with a leaf on the bottom. Those two are the ones I use the most. Other than that, I wear some finds that I got out of my great-aunt's jewelry box. And for shoes, black flats or plain black heels. I've yet to find a pair of black flats that I actually like. I have one pair of dark brown knee-high boots that I wear with absolutely everything. My friends refer to them as "the Boots".:p

I've been searching awhile for an inexpensive plain button-down collared shirt and I found one at H&M for about $26. It's one of their LOGG shirts. I really love long white tank tops, I try to buy all of my tops rather long because I have long legs but a pretty small torso. I've also found a plain black cardigan I had in my closet from who knows how long ago, but it is the simplest cover-up that I use. It can go with just about anything. Instead of buttons, though, they use the bra-strap like clasps. I'm still on the hunt for a pair of flats that I love, and some kind of pants. I really want dark gray, but I haven't found anything that fits my body the right way.

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June Gloom, you have quite a mature wardrobe (and train of thought) for such a young person... I like how you are conscious of the staples that are necessary in any wardrobe and I admire you for this...

I just hope that by minimalistic you don't refer to minimalism as a fashion "statement", since, according to my experience ,your age is the perfect one to experiment and try all different trends and frivolities of fashion so as to be able to find your personal style as the years go by, through the process of trial and error

Yours is a great age to experiment with fashion since possible mistakes are easily forgiven and even cheap quality clothes can look good on your young self... (compared to looking just cheap on older people )... I just hope you enjoy it to the maximum, because I did and I feel great about it - and even more confident about my present choices ...

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Hum .. one of the MOST valued attributes on a really smart shopper is to be able to tell apart those pieces that you'll love forever .. it's the shopper holy grial .. finding the PERFECT pair of pants and buying 4 pairs right away so you can wear 'em for a loong time.
That remains elusive for me

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Ultramarine, sooo right. I recently bought 6 v-neck long sleeve cotton/lycra t-shirts from Massimo Dutti in different colours and this transformed my wardrobe instantly.

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