Keep It to a Min or Take It to the Max

Do you favor the sleek looks of clean, classic palettes, or are you a disciple of the “more is more” school of style? Pick your ensemble M.O., then check out ModStylist Megan’s tips for both sides of the fashion fence!


Minimalist mavens — your style may be low on embellishments, but it will also be anything but boring if you incorporate these tactics:

  • Texture: Add interest to a simple look with textural details, like an eyelet collar, suede shoes, or ribbed socks.
  • Take shape: Choose pieces with dramatic silhouettes, such as this tent dress. It’s a fun way to play with proportion and give an otherwise understated look a dash of drama!
  • Make it monochromatic: Neutrals are always nice, but if you’re feeling bold, a monochromatic look in different shades of the same (brighter) color can also be a great way to explore new options and looks.


Maximalists! Are you up for going all out? Of course! Get your fashion kicks and take it to the max with these superb suggestions:

  • Complement: Don’t be afraid to put unexpected items together. Things don’t always have to match, they just have to ‘go’. These purple Swedish Hasbeens probably would not have been the most obvious choice — but they complement the other elements’ soft hues and provide a great design element with the cutouts.
  • Layer it on: More can really be more! Why wear one statement necklace when you can wear three that share a similar palette for maximum impact?
  • Texture, texture, texture: Yup, we said it three times! In this look, we have two different types of tulle, a thick cotton waistband, embroidery, leather, wood, and beads galore. The result? An eye-catching ensemble replete with interesting details that come together to create one very rich look.

+Are you a minimalist or maximalist? What are your tips for keeping it simple or maxing things out?

About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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  1. ariellemod 01/27/2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Soo cute!

    • ModCloth 01/28/2015 at 2:14 pm #

      D’aww thank you so much for the love, Arielle! <3 - ModStylist Kelsey

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