Going All Out: A Guide to Dressing Maximalist Style

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Goodbye Minimalism and say hello to Maximalism. 2018 has started off by us leaving our old habits of being comfortably dressed in the past and got us now doing the complete opposite. But fashion is unexpected and as we know, trends are never predictable.

Your inner 60’s to 80’s glam is living its best life today. Puffed sleeves keep on getting bigger and bigger, popping colors are now dominating the people’s preference. Shirts are now replaced by tiers of ruffles, patchwork fabrics and colorful PVC. As fashion experts said, “minimalism is dead.” Fashion season is officially in full swing. London, Milan, Paris, and New York fashion shows gave us a glance of what 2019 fashion will be like. Rejoice, maximalist-hearted people! You’ll definitely love this moment.

“Less is more” is the least favorite saying for a die-hard maximalist. Not sure if you are a maximalist in fashion? If you consider neutrals and solid pieces boring, you might be one. Moreover, if you love to excessively layer and accessorize, you are one for sure. Maximalism is an intricate approach to fashion that only style conscious individuals can master. It’s about having more fun in fashion and not taking your style too seriously. Yet, you have to develop a sense to pair the right pieces. Because let’s be honest, maximalist outfit gone wrong can remind of a Halloween costume.

To help you in dressing maximalist fashion, here are some tips.

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First of all, get ready to mix prints and textures, add ruffles here and there and include embroidery and embellishments whenever possible. When mixing prints make sure your prints of choice still have something in common. You can’t just mix whatever comes to your hands first. For example, stripes and checks are very versatile patterns that can be combined with many others. Florals on florals is another fun option as long as the prints and the colors go well together. Another option is to mix embroidered or embellished piece with a printed one. Again, make sure that the colors and the style of the pieces blend seamlessly.

Layering is a must in the life of a maximalist. However, try to shift away from the ordinary ways of layering. Instead, opt for a double coat, duster or kimono. As a fashion maximalist you should think outside of the box. Don’t let imaginary fashion rules affect your creativity. After all, is just clothes, you can take them off if you don’t like the outcome.

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Besides layering clothes, you need to master the artistry of layering accessories. Instead of one necklace, go for 5-6 tiny ones in different lengths. Furthermore, take a special care of details. You think socks don’t matter? Welcome to the world of maximalism where socks are making a statement. A real maximalist would take advantage of the tiniest details.

Putting an outfit together, can always seem like a chore as there are all these different “rules” and “do nots” in fashion. And since when did choosing an outfit have to be such a pain? It used to be fun and experimental, as that was what created our own styles. But when it comes to combining a dress with a jacket, trousers with a shirt or a skirt with a jumper, is the lining in what fabric goes with what? There are different ways to approach mixing and matching textures.

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Much of it comes down to knowing which colors and textures will stand out when mixed together — going for bold colored jackets in crimson or metallic silver, then pairing with leather can be a chic take on this trend.

What is it about the maximalism trend that we should catch on to? You won’t see anyone else in the same outfit as you. Now, doesn’t that sound amazing? The thought of walking into someone with the same outfit as you can feel cringey, but with maximalism it is all about going over the top with the variety of different textures. Do you feel the same as me? That every time you open Instagram, you are likely to come across an all-white or all-black outfit? Whether it is the fashion industry or social media to blame, I am ready for a change. Despite the different ways to make minimalism not “boring”, we should force ourselves to update our wardrobe.

Local brands and imported brands should follow the trend as always, so people won’t have to worry much on where to get the newest clothing trends. Although some people opt to go to thrift stores, online shops are dominating the clothing industry.

Prints, prints, and more prints. From geometric patterns, to stripe combinations, to layers of jackets, and more. That’s what maximalist fashion is all about. And according to fashion shows, everyone can wear it too! Yup, you heard that right. Everyone.

Fashion critic and style theorist, Lena has been involved in the fashion industry for over 30 years, from working with top designers from all over the world to taking fashion into the academe and writing papers with prominent cultural theorists.

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