At tonight's Critics' Choice Awards, one sweeping trend managed to connect our red (er, gray) carpet beauties. Minimalist chic was a recurring theme for some stars, who ditched last night's bright, bold hues in order to display cool spins on a graphic black and white color palette instead — making for an evening of undeniably classic, ladylike looks. From Shailene Woodley's sexy, understated Calvin Klein to Tilda Swinton's suited-up swagger, click through now to see how celebs made the most of a timeless trend.
Lately, my eyes been straying towards spaces that are inspirational in their simplicity. From 19th-century-inspired bridal photo shoots to homes with minimal decoration, these spaces really let the mind wander and daydreams overtake your afternoon. Come along and see what spaces I'm appreciating this week.
There are many reasons to love the minimalism trend this Fall. Just a few key pieces can instantly lend a directional appeal toward any look, and in this case, less is definitely more. To help you get on your minimal way, we handpicked 10 key pieces — ranging from asymmetric wrap skirts to the perfect modern clutch — for you to invest in this season. Before you start shopping, listen up to our three quick styling tips:
- Accessorize a minimal look with one bold piece, like a cuff or collar necklace, for maximum impact.
- We love the idea of pairing a simple blouse with a wrap skirt and ankle boots for a streamlined ensemble.
- Finish off your outfit with a slick-backed messy bun or sleek straight hair — and don't forget the red lips!
When it comes to Spring dressing, perhaps you prefer a classic, effortless fare — or maybe you just want to adopt a sharper, more tailored aesthetic. Either way, Spring can be a great time to pare down and get back to basics, with neat lines and crisp neutral tones. So keep it simple, sister — click through to see the 10 clean, tailored pieces you need for the upcoming season.
This week we asked you to style up a clean and polished minimalist look. Out of all the amazing looks, we were totally blown away by Fab reader XtL's chic ensemble. She put together a look that was simple but still packed a colorful punch — an oversized moss-colored jacket, layered over a colorblock dress, accessorized with slick leather clogs and a hot-pink clutch. It's a great, tailored look that's anything but boring. Congrats XtL! Don't forget to tune in for next week's trend challenge and your chance to be featured on Fab!
You've styled out bold colors and prints, now let's go in the opposite direction with elegant, refined minimalism. Maybe it's long proportions in monochromatic color or a simple sheath with structural jewelry. Or perhaps it channels Phoebe Philo's sporty stripes at Celine, or Francisco Costa's metallic detailing for Calvin Klein. Whatever your ideas about minimalism may be, we want to hear them. Think you're up to the task? Style up a chic, minimalistic look, and you might be featured on Fab.It's super easy and fun to style a look. Here's how:
1. Go to ShopStyle and sign up for a free account. If you already have a PopSugar account, no need to sign up.
2. Shop away. Hover over the item you want and click "Favorite" so it goes into your Stylebook.
3. Ready to style? Go to your Stylebook and click "Create a Look." Drag and drop the pieces you want. Make it look pretty.
4. Save it, then click "Share Look," then "Blog It."
5. Copy the code provided at the bottom of the page and paste it into a "New Post" while in raw html mode, not rich text, in the Fab Stylist of the Week group. Include the name of the challenge in your post's title so we can see it.
Fab readers, let's see what you've got. Submit your look, and you may win our Fab Stylist of the Week!
For Fall 2011, Calvin Klein stuck with the minimalist trend and offered a wide range of unfussy–borderline sterile—pieces including pantsuits, skirt suits, shift dresses, and architectural coats in monochromatic, neutral tones. Luxe additions like a fur-trim here or a satin sheen there offered textural intrigue, while the occasional play on proportions served to mix it up as well. As for footwear, well, it was strictly relegated to platform loafers or wedges with a dyed-to-match vibe. To check out all the streamlined ensembles watch out our runway coverage now!
For Fall 2011 Max and Lubov Azria opted for a minimalist approach to dressing, spiked with a touch of that '70s vibe. Fluid, unfussy dresses were accented by low-slung belts and stacked-heel boots, while bold brights were mixed into perk up streamlined silhouettes. We swooned for the vibrant blue and red hues, but watch the whole show here to see which looks you can’t live without!
Does Stella Tennant get better with age? The 40-something model brought her ageless beauty to Zara for its Spring/Summer '11 lookbook, showing how graceful and elegant the minimalist trend can be, particularly with pops of color. We love Zara for its sophisticated, fashion-forward pieces at prices we don't feel guilty about, and the Spring collection looks like it will be our go-to when we're craving white minimalism á la Celine or cute denim that calls to mind the Derek Lam runway. Click our slideshow to see Stella own the minimalism trend and Spring pieces you need to get as soon as they hit stores.
Fresh back from New York Fashion Week, we’ve selected the stand out trends to swap, store, and savor for Spring 2011! Swap out your go-to military coat for a chic classic, the trench coat! Store those darker clothes and let them hibernate until next Fall, Spring is all about breezy whites and bold colors. But a few key trends are carrying on for the warmer months- minimalism, trousers, and print on print ensembles!