Less Is More

Today, tomorrow, or next week — sometime — try experimenting with the concept of “less is more”. In any aesthetic medium, even if your style is more-more-more!, it’s worth trying a new approach every now & then, to see how it works for you.

Coco Chanel’s advice on accessories was to always take one thing off before leaving the house. I think the woman had a point. When I think of a chic woman, that woman is not covered in glittering baubles with a crazy printed dress & strappy shoes. She is a woman who adheres to the “less is more” mantra.

So many of us wear litres of foundation, a ton of jewellery, a gallon of hair product, twenty different colours. Or a patterned scarf & a t-shirt with a design on the front, along with checked trousers & embossed leather shoes. Try simplifying what you do, & see how things change. Usually when I make an effort to wear less makeup, I feel much better about how I look. I also think there’s value in only wearing the jewellery you love — & not necessarily all at once. A few well-chosen pieces always trump the walking-junk-shop look.

You can also try simplifying in unexpected ways — wear a plain dress with lots of bangles, or no jewellery at all with a busy printed coat. Play with contrast & see what happens. Don’t just throw on your usual mish-mash of accessories because you’re used to it. Surprise yourself!