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How to Pack Like a Minimalist if You Dress Like a Maximalist

How to Pack Like a Minimalist if You Dress Like a Maximalist September 25, 2016Leave a comment

Copywriter, communicator, and unrelenting nomophobe. I'm obsessed with French expressions, English puns, and packing the perfect carry-on.

Maximalism, a.k.a the “more is more” aesthetic is very fun, whimsical, and bold. It can mean embracing trends and celebrating the¬†ephemeral nature of fashion¬†while at the same time¬†rejecting the platitudes of timeless elegance and the canons of good taste.

Essentially, it’s a firm belief that fashion should be fun, and you should always dress in a way that makes YOU happy.

I’m a bit of a fashion bipolarbear in that I feel most like myself in all black, crisp lines, oversized cuts, and little-to-no jewelry. If I’m going to be boring, I want it to look easy, impeccable, and unmistakably expensive.

BUT,¬†once in a while, a garment catches my eye that is so funny, wonderful, loud, and unique that I must own it. Purple lace-up wedges, neon jalapeno print clutch, sequined ochre turtleneck…The list goes on.

 

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It’s noticeably easier to pack when you’re a minimalist. You can always match black with black, but how do you make the most of a capsule suitcase when you want to bring nothing but statement pieces? It can be done, and here’s how.

Tip 1: Be bold

Ok, so this is a no-brainer if you’re already a self-proclaimed¬†maximalist, but I think it needs to top the list: Forget the rules. Don’t worry about mixing metals, textures, prints, and colours. Embrace the maximalism and boldly stand out. Confidence is the key to any good outfit.

 Tip 2: Choose a colour story

Still, I know you don’t want to look like you dressed in the dark…Instead of picking one colour scheme¬†like I usually recommend, pick a colour story. Pick multiple colours and prints that can mix and match and let loose a little with the classic complimentary pairings.

Tip 3: Bring a few basics

I know, ALL your clothing is fabulous and anything but basic, but throw in a simple black jean and a white tee for good measure. Layering your fancy clothes with basics will tone them down for daytime and create an unexpected and √ľber cool effect.

Tip 4: Don’t forget to pack what you need

Some trips I would much rather bring my emerald rubber purse than a black canvas tote, but if it needs to fit my laptop, the decision is made for me. Don’t get too carried away and forget¬†what your clothes need to do for you.

Tip 5: Go all out with accessories

Tight on space? Afraid of damaging your cool and quirky pieces in transit? Why not focus on accessories instead. You can layer necklaces, wear a hat, and add clip-on fur pompoms to any old outfit. Go nuts!

On a final note,¬†travel can allow you to be somebody else for a few days, so why not take advantage of a trip to wear that over-the-top piece that just doesn’t¬†get enough airtime in your 9-5 life? If it’s in your suitcase, you’ll have to wear it.

Happy travels xox

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Copywriter, communicator, and unrelenting nomophobe. I'm obsessed with French expressions, English puns, and packing the perfect carry-on.

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