Tips for a Timeless and Minimalist Wardrobe.

17 December 2015

Don't forget you can still get 15% off a Daniel Wellington watch using the discount code 'maddycane'

When it comes to fashion, not all things need to be flashy. In fact, a lot of the time—if not all the time—less is more. There’s definitely something to be said about clean lines and simple style. It seems that the less “noise” certain pieces make, the “louder” they are when combined in unison. Personal style translates from the way you decorate your home to the way you dress your body. Each of these ways is an opportunity to show the world what makes your heart beat. 

For those whose hearts beat solely on minimalism, you know how it is. A classic wardrobe doesn’t just create itself (although we wish it would!), and it takes careful purchases of timeless items to make these dreams of stunningly simple style a reality. And for this reason, we could all use a bit of inspiration every now and again. Here are some tips for those who value timelessness and classic design.

1. Think in Black and White 

This advice could be mishandled if used in virtually any other situation than dressing minimalist. But as it stands in terms of wardrobe rules, minimalism exists primarily in black and white, with a couple shades in between. Say no to bright prints and take this tip form Everlane's PR coordinator (as told to Refinery29) “Stick with a neutral palette and be more playful with certain aspects… The black-and-white combo really helps with the contrast, too."

2. Streamline 

Besides monochromatic tones, the other main tactic to dressing minimalist is to skip details and head straight for garments that show clean, basic lines. Streamline your style with baggy clothing that is somehow still sleek. A good example of this quasi-contradictory tip is to view  WhoWhatWear's take on “clean lines” in the third example. Another great example is the simple yet chic T-shirt dress pictured below, found in Lyst's collection.

3. Control Yourself 

As minimalism by definition is to rid your lifestyle of the things that are unnecessary, the same goes for building a minimalist wardrobe. The timeless look we swoon over in magazine editorials and on impossibly chic people takes a bit of dedication and saying “no” to certain styles. It takes commitment. As this R29 article bluntly (and almost satirically) states, “It requires you to control yourself.” So nailing the minimalist trend might take a little more effort than simply buying basic black-and-white clothing. You might have to declutter your mind, too.

A Soap and Glory Christmas (&Giveaway).

10 December 2015

It's not Christmas without a Soap and Glory offering - they send the shops into a frenzy every year and sell out before you can say 'bubble bath'. This years presents are no exception and with that in mind, I thought it might be worth showing you what's inside so you can decide whether to purchase one yourself, or even treat a friend or loved one (if you can bear to give it away that is!).

First up, Winter Wonderhand - a collection of the top-selling Hand Food Hand Cream in three of the classic fragrances - Sugar Crush, Original Pink and Smoothie Star. I think the size of these are great, not too big that you can't carry them around with you, but also not so ridiculously tiny that you feel you've been ripped off. At only £8 for the whole set, this one is a bit of a bargain too! 

Then there's the Kissmas Cracker, filled with a mini of the infamous Sexy Mother Pucker in Rose and Shine. It's a suits everyone shade, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser and I think it would be such a lovely little stocking filler or Secret Santa gift to give away! 

Finally, In the Bag - the real star of the show - if you pardon the weakly Christmas related joke. This is includes a really good selection of products, with a bunch of things to suit all different tastes. My favourite bits are probably the Righteous Butter (mmm) and Scrub of your Life Body Buffer, which both smell amazing and go really nicely together as a pair. There's a foot cream and a hand cream which would work really well for a nice pamper as well as a Clean on Me Shower Gel and Glad Hair Day Shampoo, which I've never tried so can't pass comment on yet. 

All in all, it's a really strong line-up this year, filled with bargains and something to please everyone.  Plus, now you can be in with a chance of winning your own by entering with the Rafflecopter widget below. Think of it as my Christmas present to you!

Are you going to be picking anything from the range up? I'd hurry because they'll go quickly!