The Art of Accessorizing: How to Style a Minimalist Outfit

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Minimalist outfits embody the idea of being simple and classic. However, styling a minimalist outfit does not mean that you cannot have fun and experiment with accessories. Whether you are wearing a black dress with pearls and pumps or a coloured dress with nude flats, adding a few accessories will brighten your outfit without adding too much flair. In fact, accessories can help to really enhance a simple look and bring your entire outfit together. Here are our go-to tips to styling a minimalist outfit:  

The Statement Necklace

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A statement necklace is a great way to add character to any outfit. If you are just starting to try minimal looks, a statement necklace is one of the easiest ways to start. For example, this simple necklace is a great option to pair with a minimalist look. The understated look and delicate chain can add a simple elegance to your look. Statement necklaces in mixed metals or large materials are a classic option to add shine to your minimalist look without overdoing it. Try pairing a statement necklace with a neutral tone outfit and matching shoes.

A Pop of Metallic

Metallics can be a great way to accessorize any minimalist outfit. While metallics are simple, they give an edgy feel to any look they are paired with. For example, a pair of metallic sneakers can be the perfect accessory to pair with a monochrome outfit. Use them to spice up a classic all-black look and give it a pop of colour. Another great option is to pair metallics with other neutral or earth tone colours. The shine of a metallic cuff or pair of shoes is the perfect contrast to earthy looks. Metallics are a great option when trying to stay minimal because they aren’t too bold and they allow you to add extra personality to your outfit without it being “too much”.


A Fun, Printed Scarf

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Depending on the season and where you live, an oversized scarf is always the perfect simple accessory – and not to mention, practical. You can pair a solid colour scarf or a scarf with a simple pattern to get a clean and chic look. Pairing an all navy outfit with an oversized scarf is a great look that can also easily transition from day to night. All black is another style that works great with a scarf, and it will give you an effortlessly stylish look. The great thing about this accessory is its versatility – there are so many different ways you can drape and style a scarf, and you can even try wearing them as a headband or a hair tie!


Know Your Colours and Find Inspiration

Knowing what colours work best for you is also important when accessorizing a minimal look. Try to stick with neutral tones or solid colours when starting out. There are a variety of different colour combinations that can give you a clean and simple look. Great colour combinations to try include black and white, navy and grey, and olive green and black. If you’re just starting out you can’t go wrong with black and white. Black and white is the go-to minimalist colour combination. You can also find great inspiration for minimal outfits and accessories on Pinterest. It is a great way to compile multiple looks in one place and for you to try one at a time. It can also give you endless style inspiration. Try creating a Pinterest board with only minimalist looks that you hope to one day try. The next time you are out shopping or are looking online, try to recreate a few of the looks.


Always Remember that Less is More

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The key to accessorizing any minimalist outfit is to always remember that less is more. Try to keep your look simple and understated. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play with accessories to enhance any look. Wear only one or two accessories that match both your style and personality.  It is important to use your accessories to highlight and accent your simple look, not fight it. The art of accessorizing any minimalist outfit starts with you. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and give yourself an understated look.


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  1. Kim

    23/09/2018 at 12:46 AM

    These are some great tips, thanks for sharing. I definitely have a minimalistic style which I usually accessorise with printed scarves, but I’ll have to look into statement jewllery. I love the necklace in the photo you’ve posted – simple and elegant.

    1. kattie

      29/09/2018 at 11:34 AM

      Thank you! It is a really pretty necklace 🙂 I’m trying to be more minimalistic in my style, and I find accessories are the perfect accompaniment.

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