Less is More

There seems to be the notion that more is more, that adding more layers and more accessories and more anything, if done correctly, creates impeccable fashion. I agree with this idea during some parts of the year -- that's what makes winter fashion so uncomplicated (I've been talking about this a lot lately). Sometimes more turns into too much, and this is one of the few cases where the more is more theory does not work. But usually the people who do too much know what they're doing, they pull it off, and it actually does end up working. More is more is completely fine, and actually 100% true most of the time.

But when more is more takes away from the opposite theory, that actually less is more, the idea of more is more loses some of its appeal.

Why can't two opposing theories work together? Well, not in the same outfit, of course (or maybe this is possible...). But during different times of the year, or just different days of the week? That's more than possible.

Step 1:

Buy (or find) a statement piece that requires no other clothing (besides shoes) to be deemed appropriate to go outside of your home. Like a dress, jumpsuit, etcetera. Only having to put one article of clothing on makes getting dressed in the morning way easier (and it works with my less is more theory). But instead of wearing any old dress, get one that's unique in some way. Maybe it has a really cool texture or silhouette that you have been dying to try out. Or maybe it's a piece that is enough to stand on its own, aka the entire point of less is more.

Jumpsuit here; middle dress here; right dress here

Anthropologie is really good at making dresses that are enough on its own, formal or casual, and Asos has a lot of eccentric jumpsuits online right now (I'm about to buy that denim jumpsuit when I get the money). I went with the last dress above because of its simple style yet complex structure, and my mom already owns it.

Step 2: 

Shoes are a step we can't miss because they save our feet from a number of things, like hot pavement or other people's stilettos (actually, that would hurt with or without shoes). The above piece of clothing should already stand out, but it won't hurt to get soles that also stand out, because guess what: there's only one more (optional) step after this one.
(click on the image to see the shoe source)

I think adding a tiny heel or a few studs, buckles, or extra straps makes a shoe this spring, and maybe they will make the outfit, too. I went for an option that's similar to the first choice, but the other two from Topshop and Anthropologie may work even better (they are in my saved for later list, after all).

Step 3:

Step three is actually optional, but recommended. An outfit would do just fine with that dress and pair of shoes, but adding an extra detail, no matter how minuscule, can transform a good outfit into a perfect one. I would achieve this task by adding something on your wrist, neck, or face.



 (click on image to see accessory source)

Any accessory will do, and the smaller, the better. This is just the finishing touch, the sugar on the strawberries, the whipped cream on the milkshake. It's not necessary, but it sure as hell makes the outfit more delicious (Alessandro Michele of Gucci would definitely agree with this philosophy). Here you can also experiment with these pieces, like by tying a neck scarf around your wrist (spoiler alert: that's what I did!).

So combine all three steps and you get...

Now do you understand my point?

Dress by Anthropologie. Scarf by Urban Outfitters. Shoes from a boutique in San Francisco.

Photos of me shot by me. Other photos were edited by me, coming from the websites of Anthropologie, Asos, Topshop, Madewell, and Urban Outfitters.

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