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Mastering the look: elegant minimalism

Well, it's almost that time of year again. Time to start planning what to wear to our office Christmas parties and let us not forget we still need a stunning number to ring in the New Year.

Many of my friends and family members say that I carry elegance and classiness very easily, although for some this isn’t true, that’s okay. Especially since the above is only true of myself, depending on if the statement was made before or after I've stumbled upon the liquor cabinet. Either way, pretty much anyone can slay an elegant minimalism look if you follow just four simple steps below.

"Elegance is not about being noticed, it's about being remembered."

Step 1. Confidence Is Key

First, to pull off an elegant look, you want your confidence in what you’re wearing to shine through, feel comfortable in what you’re wearing because it makes a big difference. When you’re uncomfortable in your clothes, it shows through in your facial expressions, and in the way you walk and act. You should also remember to always walk with good posture

Step 2. Leave Something To The Imagination

Second, don't show too much skin. Showing too much skin ruins the look of pure elegance. Knowing when to show enough leg, stomach, or back depends on where you’re going and what you’re doing, also what the crowd is going to be. When you dress up you should respect the other people in the room, especially those who threw the party. Respect and confidence are both key ingredients to create an elegant look. Also, you should know that if you’re going to show some leg, don’t show chest, it’s always a balancing act.

Step 3. Choose Your Color Wisely

Elegant people know that they don’t need to dress in really bright colors because they know that their personality already radiates around them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take chances. Like I said at the start you need to pick what you wear based on the crowd you’re going to be around. If you want to go with more neutral, colors like brown, beige, white, black, a lighter shade of red, a pale yellow, etc. You can also go brighter with colors such as red, yellow, navy/royal blue, deep green, etc. Know what looks good on you and what fits with who you are.

Step 4. Keep Your Accessories Simple

To pull off the minimalist part of minimalist elegance you need to know not to over accessorize, otherwise, it ruins the look of the rest of the outfit, remember that accessories complete a look. Two of my favorite looks at the moment is Rachel Green from Friends wearing the mint green dress, and one where she was wearing a dress with a low neckline and a simple necklace with earrings.

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