Monday, April 07, 2014

11 Minimalist Icons

I'm pretty busy these days with my care-taking responsibilities, but someone asked about the 11 Minimalist Icons mentioned on the cover on last week's featured book, Ma To-Do Lists - Dressing.I don't know that I fully appreciate all of these choices, but they are certainly thought-provoking!













These suggestions came from this great book...


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29 comments:

  1. Good job, Janice! I enjoyed this post!

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  2. Which ones do you disagree with?

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    1. I felt odd about Victoria Beckham - I guess I remember her from years ago, and Winona Ryder has, in her youth, worn some fairly outlandish things. Some of these women have been minimalist their entire lives, and other only more recently. I just have to nuance my thinking a little bit!

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    2. Surely you don't have to be 100% minimalist your whole life to be considered an example of minimalist dressing? I don't lean that way myself, but I admire it on other people. I admire it more when it's part of a variety of styles of dressing.

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  3. Thank you so much for putting this together!! I consider myself a minimalist and my favorites are here - CBK and Victoria Beckham. I'm sure VB is one you have questions about because until a few years ago she was a complete maximalist - overdone and glossy. I don't consider Hanneli a minimalist either but I do like her style and she wears a lot of Calvin Klein so maybe that's why she came to the attention of the authors. I like that they tried to chose women of different ages too. Thank you again!

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  4. Interesting that most are shown in either black or white... that seems to be a common undertone for minimalism the world over.

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    1. That's what caught my attention as well. While I don't have anything against black and white, it's just not my style, either in my home or in my closet. However, I think you CAN have a lovely minimalist look with color. Hm... maybe I'll start a Pinterest board -- Minimal Color??

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    2. Black or white the world over? Especially if the photos are specifically chosen to illustrate the point. These are minimalist icons in the less than 10 photos shown per person, most of which are head shots or the upper half of the person only.

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    3. I started a Pinterest board called minimalism in nude neutrals. Choosing what to pin and what to leave, is a bit like choosing pieces for mywardrobe. After Janice's boot camp, it's like practice...
      But I'm sure there are icons out there who use colour.

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  5. Am I the only crabby one? All the women save one are conventionally beautiful. All are extremely thin. All wear expensive minimalist clothing. All are professionally photographed. All have expensive haircuts. All have make up artists. I would love to see some "real world" examples in these books.

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    1. I thought about that when I was putting this together - I guess if you're going to be an icon, you have to be a public figure, and thus you have the perks that go with it.

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  6. I would add Diane Keaton and even Anna Wintour. Anna Wintour may be the head of U.S. Vogue, and have access to all the clothes in the universe, but if you look at what she wears, it's usually a shift dress or a classic shirtwaist dress, with a simple necklace and pumps with reasonable heels. It's pretty minimalist in silhouette if not quantity.
    Carolina Herrara also is pretty minimalist, with her white shirts and comfortable skirts.
    Going back in time, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis, Katharine Hepburn--all kind of trite, but true. Most photos of them from decades ago look very current today.

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    1. I saw Anna Wintour recently on 'The Fashion Fund' and I think in form, sheis a minimalist. I believe she very often wears A-line frocks, with a statement necklace. And she is not averse to wearing colour or print.

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    2. I am glad someone mentioned Diane Keaton. There is a woman who has found her own niche/style. She looks better than she did when she was young. I couldn't/wouldn't adopt her style but it sure works for her.

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  7. I have but one: Jane Birkin. When shopping I ask myself, "WWJD?"

    @ frugal: You can find shots of Jane in boyfriend jeans and Converses (and, I admit, in Hermès).

    Other nominations: Isabel Marant, Isabel Huppert.

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    1. Your love of JB is well-known! What do you think of her daughters?

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  8. Crabby thought #2 (or is it 10?): all are white.

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    1. Good catch. Surely there are plenty of minimalist well-known women of other races/ethnicities....now to put on my thinking cap.....

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    2. I noticed that, too. These examples seem significantly out of sync with today's real world in so many ways. Search Google images for Lupita Nyong'o for a more modern example.

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    3. Yyou aren't crabby. Even if it feels like you're a party pooper to point it out. It isn't you, it's french society which is such that an author team thinks of 11 style icons and come up with these.
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  9. I agree with the thin and beautiful comment. As much as I admire these looks, I find that my body is too curvy for minimalism and that I need color to look my best. Also, belts look good on me. And scarves and jewelery help bring the eye to my face. Minimalism is something that seems to look best on a tall thin angular body. And black and white often looks best on dark haired women. On the other hand, I feel that simplicity, sophistication, luxury and classicism are all things that everyone can benefit from.

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  10. I left a comment on shingles on the April 5th post that might have some helpful info.

    Susan in WA

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  11. I really like the way Robin Wright is styled in House of Cards!

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  12. That was my question - thanks so much for answering! And so much to love in all of these women's styles!

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  13. I also suggest Ines de la Fressange.

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  14. Thandie Newton is one of my favourites.

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  15. Angelina Jolie is my favorite.

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  16. My thought on seeing this list was that, yes, they all have a lovely minimalist style. But they conversation here often centers on creating a minimalist wardrobe that is well edited and reflects a persons individual style. I think it is possible to have a minimal wardrobe whatever your style is - boho/hippie, east-coast preppie, california casual, rocker-chick, vintage, whatever.

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