Radisson Red, (a swanky hotel group that is inspired by art, music and fashion) asked me what it meant to be a maximalist. In true maximalist style I wrote a whole blamin’ guide. To see in a nutshell what maximalism fashion is all about, head to their site HERE. You’ll see the beauty that is Natalia speaking about it too. If you want to know more……. read on!
I have been called a maximalist more times than I have had hot dinners and to be honest, until recently it was not a phrase I was familiar with. A minimalist, yes, I know all about them. They’re the cool kids with their beautiful monochrome Insta feeds and their capsule wardrobes.
I always knew that I was very far removed from this, but I never thought I had my own wonderful category. I dress for me. I dress to make me happy. I don’t care what time of year it is or what the latest trend is, I wear what I like, when I like.
So I thought I’d do some research into what maximalism is, and here is what I found.
- “Maximalism is a reaction against minimalism.”
- “Someone who embraces intricate styles and bold colours and pattern upon pattern upon pattern.”
- “Think vibrant hues and wild prints instead of white and grey shades.”
With this in mind, lets jump right in with what I think makes a maximalist.
Colour at first sight
For me, my hair is everything, it expresses who I am, how I feel and it’s there all the time. There is no escaping the colourful life when your hair is always well, just that, colourful! My hair has been every colour in the rainbow, in fact two weeks ago it was a rainbow. I receive comments about my hair on a daily basis, it makes me happy and I truly believe it makes others happy.
I am not saying you have to have colourful hair to be a maximalist but it does help!
Get your head into gear
My Dad has always said to me “If you want to get a head, get a hat.” I think I have taken him far too literally over the years, as my obsession with accessorising my head knows no limits. Whether its turbans, flower crowns or a classic Baker Boy, a bit of headgear completes an outfit. It says I know what I’m doing when it comes to accessories and I’m not afraid to show you. Plus it also allows you a few extra days away from that hair wash, winner winner.
Find an accessory you love and experiment
For me, this is eyewear, I can’t get enough of it. I have been in love with glasses for an extremely long time. I even faked having bad eyesight as a child just so they’d give me glasses. Today I have an array of prescription (yes the tiniest prescription known to man) and non prescription glasses. My glasses are getting bigger and better as time goes on. There’s nothing I love more than vintage glasses shopping, they tend to be super cheap which means you can go wild. It’s like playing dress up. I am yet to find a pair of glasses I don’t love.
So many people tell me the first thing they look at when they meet a person is their feet. So as well as walking, your feet have to do all the talking. I’m a big fan of metallics, bright colours and footwear that looks different from the norm, whether that be in shape or design. I am also a HUGE fan of pairing great footwear with an even better pair of socks. Socks really are a great addition to your wardrobe, a super cheap and easy way jazz up even the saddest of feet.
The talking point
If I could only give you one piece of advice, it would be to purchase one item that truly speaks volumes. That way even the dullest of outfits will be instantly lifted. Much like my hair, this bag goes everywhere with me and everywhere I go people stop and talk to me about it.
It’s my baby, it encapsulates everything I love. Colour, metallics and faux fur.
Clash those prints
I dare you!!! Whether it’s leopard print, floral, stripes, checked, diamonds or geometric, get mixing those prints. You’ll be surprised how well they all work together. The key here is layering, I like to hang my items together when deciding what prints to pair. If in doubt, just do it, what’s the worst that could happen?
Finally………. wear WHATEVER you what
Yup that’s right, do whatever you like. Throw the rulebook out! You want to wear sequins on a Tuesday to go food shopping in, do it. Trust me, it makes everyone happy.
Make sure to keep up with my maximalist adventures over on the YouTube