A Minimalist On Maximalism

If you’re a fashionista or one who follows comings and goings of what’s “in” you’ll have most likely spotted the new in-trend on the block on social media and advertising campaigns alike. Maximalism is all the rage, coming in fast on minimalism’s tail, it’s a daunting U-turn for old skool gals like me who’s instincts say: “cling on to a two-tones neutral palette for dear life, love”. If you’re a minimalist at heart (like me), staying true to minimalism is just oh-so temping, especially when you can convince yourself that “black goes with everything” – The same cannot be said about animal print and bright orange garms. 

Like anything daunting, taking the plunge is the worst part, as maximalism calls for a higher level in confidence than your usual get up. Whether you’re trying to pull off the most extreme pattern clash fashernnnn look, or doin’ the new red & pink (kinda clashes, kinda doesn’t vibe), the key is in your confidence… and dare I say it… swagger. Balance is the key part of trending style, and finding the midpoint between minimalism and maximalism is a good place to start.

So if you’re s sort-of millennial (1994 yo) like me, then really.. you’re not new to the whole maximalism thing at all. The 2000’s are known for being the year of over the top, bold, and usually bad, fashion choices as seen on massive celebs and our own bezzie mates. My primary school experience revolved around, firstly – smelly gel pens and secondly – anything big, bold, and full of colour. Other than my main interests: dinosaurs & rocks (I actually had some friends, promise), I was a big fan of the the O.G. queen of maximalism aka Groovy Chick, the Bratz, Betty Spaghetti… let’s just say my passion fo’ fashion started early, and maximalism was a key part of my self-expression through my early style.

Does anyone remember the year 7/8 dayz when sporting coloured tights w/ any outfit was a ~ lewk ~ on non-school uniform days? If your answer is “no” then you’re probably too young to relate and I secretly hate you. If you were a bit of a scene gal like me, you’ll also remember that  maximalism in the form of studded belts, racoon clip ins, and a massive fringe was a massive way of expressing personal style. Oh and don’t forget those checkerboard slip-on vans and a statement band tee. Maximalism was so in, and it carved the route to self expression through style.


Let’s reverse a few years to my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years of uni (fyi that’s 2013-2016 to anyone who’s wondering) and I was the biggest advocate for monochrome style going. I rarely bought anything that wasn’t black, white, or maybe venturing out into pastel if I was feeling extra sassy… but generally, if it wasn’t monochrome, I wasn’t buying it. Even my makeup was minimal, and I feel like that was the general vibe of the time – a neutral face with a pop of lippy if one feels inclined to wear one.

The major push to “effortless” minimalist style was something that really worked for me, and I relished in the ability to match every and all of my items of clothing without anything clashing (clashing wasn’t cool back then). Oh and I look back fondly, on doing only two washes and not working about colours running but that’s just me being a 24 y/o actual adult.

I’m currently a minimalist-at-heart making an effort to really embrace maximalism and all the *extra* vibes that comes with the it. My first true maximalist look?  Rocking my fave shade of a honey hue 2-ways: stripes on a tee w/ a block colour blazer. The contrast buttons just pull the maximalist look together with a slight nod to the subtle style trends of minimalism. Oh, plus note the new leopard print: the Dalmatian spot. The spot trend is huuuuge right now, and these Topshop jeans in a cropped wide/flared leg are purrrrfect for adding a little monochrome to an otherwise all-bright outfit. I like to call this one:  “I picked a random tee & jeans combo with my eyes closed but made it fashion” look. Let’s be honest here, I could purely get used to the new pattern clash trend just based on the fact that less time spent choosing an outfit is more time in bed….

Today, maximalism is the new thing – Colour clashes? Pattern clashes? OTT flares? Rainbow vibes It’s all fair game, and the braver and more “out there” you’re willing to go, the more style point you get. The main thing is… confidence, confidence, confidence. To a classic minimalist, maximalist style is intimidating to say the least, like ummmmmm how the fuck do I make a stripes and spots clash wearable? Whilst maximalism is defo a trend that, as a minimalist, you’ll probably need to pep talk yourself into before venturing outside your home, it’s definitely a trend that opens up options for everyone.

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  1. Jessie-Ann Lewis
    April 2, 2018 / 2:32 PM

    This outfit is absolutely gorgeous – I am OBSESSED!! xoJessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  2. Lauren
    April 2, 2018 / 3:27 PM

    Loved this post! I'm all about prints and colour but I'm still afraid to clash so this has given me a boost! x

  3. Abi Street
    April 5, 2018 / 8:47 AM

    I loveeee those jeans! I am obsessed with polka dots at the moment. Also I can 100% relate to those scene days hahahAbi | abistreetx

  4. Becky | Dose Of B
    April 5, 2018 / 1:00 PM

    I love how you've styled this outfit! That top is gorgeous!

  5. Mel Eaglestone
    April 8, 2018 / 7:34 PM

    That black wicker bag is beautiful!And yes I do remember being scene and dying my hair extensions in my Mum's kitchen sink :)Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  6. Natalie Redman
    May 27, 2018 / 2:59 PM

    Gorgeous! Love this outfit.www.upyourvlog.com

  7. Susan
    September 29, 2018 / 8:51 PM

    I haven't actually heard of maximalism being defined in this way! Really interesting! Balance is definitely key because I gravitate towards colour and then realise I don't have the minimal pieces to balance things out. Also, coloured tights on non-school uniform day YES! What a throwback :') http://www.susanetc.co.uk/

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