Freshly Squeezed

 
 

Sharp. Clean. Minimalist. What better way to start off the New Year than embracing the sleek lines of Celine and Jill Sander’s shows and giving your wardrobe a new beginning? Enough with the festive jumpers and drab winter colours; it’s time for a fashion overthrow and a clean start. Minimalism found itself at the forefront of trends at this year’s Spring/Summer 2012 shows. Celine continued their reign over the modern, minimalist look, prompting clean cuts and straight lines to be a major trend for the high street to follow.

And you don’t have to look far, or take out a loan, to find yourself commanding this trend in an everyday way. In fact, this look can be built from the simplest pieces from your wardrobe, combined with some more structural, tailored items that aren’t easy to miss on the high street. Simply stick to the basics – blazers, t-shirts, skirts. Block colours and geometric patterns help to bring out the individuality of each piece.

Minimalism is as simple to pull off as it looks. Colour-blocking is key, but don’t be afraid to throw in a few geometric shapes here and there. Stripes work well, but basically anything that involves a straight line will do the same job. High-waisted, knee-length pencil skirts are everywhere this season, and with good reason. They elongate the figure and when worn in block colours, they provide an eye-catching statement outfit and a great foundation to base the rest of your look around. They’re versatile too – a cotton or jersey skirt can easily be worn with flats and a cardigan during the day to college, and all you need to do is throw on a pair of chunky heels and some statement jewellery and you’re ready to go at night.

Guys can follow similar rules when it comes to the minimalist look. Geometric t-shirts make a statement and sharp shoulders compliment this. Emphasis on chest pockets is big this season – contrast stripes and t-shirt pockets, and combine with a simple pair of jeans to keep the look clean.

Although accessorising may seem like exactly what you’re not supposed to do with this look, it is crucial if you want to cement the entire look together. Bright clutches and boxy bags are the perfect complement to your outfit. Stack up the bangles too – the chunkier the better. Jewellery in any strong, bold shape and colour will emphasise the look, but just don’t overload accessories; stick either to bracelets or necklaces, both tends to be too much.

Finish off the look with some bright, matt lip colour and a slick high ponytail (boys, only if you want to) and you have the perfect fresh start to 2012.

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