3 November 2010 – Minimalism and ME

November 3rd, 2010 § 8 comments

Minimalism – Grey and Nude, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Sheath: Banana Republic
  • Fishnets: Lauren by Ralph Lauren via Lord & Taylor
  • Wedges: Tahari via Endless.com


As predicted, I tried out the new Minimalism trend again with my grey sheath dress, nude fishnets, and (newly purchased) nude wedges. It was a little scary to step out of my apartment without the comfort of a belt cinched around my waist or the security of a sweater or scarf, and I did feel somewhat “naked” due to my dearth of accessories. However, this feeling eventually wore off, and I have got to say I ended up feeling like this was the most empowering outfit I have ever worn (a big claim, I know!). Perhaps because it was all ME. The sheath conformed to the natural curves of my body, the fishnets were subtle and added texture, and the wedges did their job of simultaneously blending in and boosting my stature and confidence. I felt like a woman. I felt strong. I felt singular. There were no layers. There was no “playing up” this or “playing down” that. This was all ME.

Minimalism – Grey and Nude, originally uploaded by academichic.

Maybe that’s what this whole Minimalism trend is about after all? For as much time as I spend accessorizing, adding pops of color, accentuating what I think are my best features, balancing different elements to create a whole or just generally experimenting with style, fashion, and clothes – when it is all stripped away, I have ME at the core. And I don’t just mean that this outfit revealed my body more, because a) it didn’t any more than other outfits I’ve worn and b) that wasn’t really what it was about. For me Minimalism truly tapped into this self and brought out the bold, defiant, confident, professional, stylish, and unique woman that forms the best “L.” I could possibly hope for. I know we have discussed several times ways in which outward appearances influence how we are received or “read” (whether we like it or not) and how we can control our self-presentation to an extent to make a statement and claim our bodies as our own. However, I hadn’t experienced something this powerful before, and I’m wondering if others of you have you had a similar experience? Are there certain clothes or styles that make you feel like your best self?

I also wanted to direct people to Sally McGraw’s site Already Pretty, in which she discusses dressing, society, bodies, and femininity with more eloquence than I can ever hope to muster! Thank you Sally!

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§ 8 Responses to 3 November 2010 – Minimalism and ME"

  1. I love the nude fishnets! I prefer them, myself, to regular ole pantyhose.

  2. Jen says:

    Great outfit! But didn’t you get cold? I can’t imagine not wearing/bringing a cardigan or something with long sleeves!

  3. MONKEYFACE says:

    I absolutely love the fishnets too and am glad you linked to a closeup! And I can definitely see this minimalism working for you – who needs accessories when you’ve got lovely muscle, tone, AND confidence? :)

  4. I adore this outfit: maybe one of my favorites! I also love what you wrote about it.

  5. Clare says:

    I love this way of looking at the minimalism trend. I think you’re right on, that it highlights the YOU in an outfit. Maybe this is why it doesn’t always catch on in a larger way, because there is some fear that it will highlight YOU, for better or worse. Accessories help to both highlight and hide certain aspects of our bodies, and the stripped-down look doesn’t afford us that comfort.

    All that being said, I love this on you. You do minimalism very well.

  6. Rebekah says:

    Way to go, part-time minimalist! You wear it well.

    I think this “the focus on ME” idea is why simple, “yoga style” clothes can look so good. Sometimes it’s lovely to step away from detailed, flashy clothes and to admire the details of the human body instead; collarbones, ankles, all our curves and angles.

  7. Christine says:

    Great dress! Looking for a gray sheath dress myself – good inspiration!

  8. Alexandra says:

    Wow. You make that dress look amazing. What a simple yet lovely outfit.

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