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Minimalist Fashion Bloggers
October 1, 2013
8:16 am
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Stockhomeless
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While she just shut down her blog, Dead Fleurette (http://grayzine.no/deadfleurette/) was perhaps the best example of the minimalist blogging trend I've been following/hate reading. 

 

Other examples are Les Anti-modernes (http://www.lesantimodernes.com) and Assembled Hazardly (http://www.assembledhazardly.com). 

 

They mostly do closet inventories, wax poetically about buying less and "shopping like a curator," and fawn over designers like Steven Alan, Isabel Marant, and A.P.C. the rest of the time. 

 

The writing tends to be pretty cerebral and top self as far as fashion blogging goes, but the images are usually lackluster. This genre has been criticized recently for continuing the cycle of bad shopping and consumption habits, just with more expensive brands and "classic" styles (see a post written by another minimalist fashion blogger here: http://emptyemptor.com/?p=2880

 

Has anyone else come across these? Does anyone else find these as problematic as I do?

October 1, 2013
8:36 am
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Colorblocked Moonshiner
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idontknow i'd rather read some of these than the regular arm party sequined polka dot pop of color fashion bloggers. 

i used to read not from paris, but she hasn't updated in a year. 

October 1, 2013
10:55 am
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Ivania Carpio from Love Aesthetics is a minimalist blog I check up on and like a lot despite her style being a little extreme.  I'll give her that she makes it somewhat accessible by DIYing a lot of clothes/accessories, thrifting and mixing high/low. Chisa from Chigarden isn't a fashion blogger technically, but occasionally she does capsule wardrobe experiments and challenges.

I like minimalist blogs more than the J. Crew/arm party blogging crew because it is less trend driven and more in line with how I prefer to dress. Most of them are still SOMI for me cause they're slightly more thoughtful about what they get (is it versatile? is it durable? etc).

I have some beef with the minimalist label if anything (technically the proper term is minimal, but I digress). It's one thing to refine or curate your wardrobe to things you actually use and wear, but it's not quite minimal if you keep buying lots of things. High quality or monochromatic or whatever, you're still buying things.

October 1, 2013
12:07 pm
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ovaryaction said

 

I have some beef with the minimalist label if anything (technically the proper term is minimal, but I digress). It's one thing to refine or curate your wardrobe to things you actually use and wear, but it's not quite minimal if you keep buying lots of things. High quality or monochromatic or whatever, you're still buying things.

 

I think this is exactly what is so frustrating about the minimalist sect: that they sing the praises of buying less and loving what you wear to death (which are great virtues and something we should all strive for since the whole arm party/J.Crew/dressing like a blogger thing is obviously unsustainable), but when you go through their archives you see that they really don't stay true to their own virtues.

 

It's kind of unfair, actually, that I lumped Dead Fleurette in with the others. She really does seem to stick to her wardrobe of about 5 shirts, a sweater or two, two coats, and her beloved Marant Dicker boots and A.P.C. jeans. It was a journey for her (and a fascinating one to read about), and I think she kind of created the template for the rest…but the rest have just seemingly adopted that French Chic "uniform" of jeans and simple tops and try to slip their purchases under the radar so that they can maintain that minimalist identity. 

 

They also sell all of their gently used stuff on this blog: http://thegeneraleconomy.blogspot.se. 

 

Going through this is evidence enough that their minimalist blogging hasn't curbed their shopping–it has just changed their style to this bookish French look. 

 

Buttttt…it's a pretty good look. BUT it's also probably just a trend like the whole Kinfolk aesthetic. 

October 1, 2013
12:34 pm
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Stockhomeless said
While she just shut down her blog, Dead Fleurette (http://grayzine.no/deadfleurette/) was perhaps the best example of the minimalist blogging trend I've been following/hate reading. 

 

Other examples are Les Anti-modernes (http://www.lesantimodernes.com) and Assembled Hazardly (http://www.assembledhazardly.com). 

 

They mostly do closet inventories, wax poetically about buying less and "shopping like a curator," and fawn over designers like Steven Alan, Isabel Marant, and A.P.C. the rest of the time. 

 

The writing tends to be pretty cerebral and top self as far as fashion blogging goes, but the images are usually lackluster. This genre has been criticized recently for continuing the cycle of bad shopping and consumption habits, just with more expensive brands and "classic" styles (see a post written by another minimalist fashion blogger here: http://emptyemptor.com/?p=2880

 

Has anyone else come across these? Does anyone else find these as problematic as I do?

Have you ever checked out http://www.odysseyhome.com/? She seems to wear a mostly pared-down wardrobe of mostly Rick Owens.

October 1, 2013
4:50 pm
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So, I'd never heard of this and was really intrigued.  But I checked the sites you linked to and one of the girls (Assembled Hazzardly) has ELEVEN striped T-shirts!  Okay, this includes short and long sleeved, and clearly she is more of a T-shirt girl than a dress girl, as she has only three dresses, but this seems still on the high side of normal, not something to aspire to.  Definitely I like the minimalism idea more than the dress-up games with endless ShopBop orders some of the bloggers use as "content," but it's not particularly minimalist.

On the other hand, I do like their looks more than many other bloggers, and I identify with the way they shop and round out their wardrobes. 

October 1, 2013
5:52 pm
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Their clothes aren't really my style but I love reading these blogs. Looks like these minimalist bloggers take nice photos, are consistent, and write pretty well (in general). Please introduce me to more! surprisedsurprised

October 1, 2013
8:26 pm
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I love this girl! I like the fact that she's not all "jcrewed" out like the rest of those omg bloggers. I find some of her outfits to be actually wearable in real life. http://casuallystyled.blogspot.com/?m=1

October 1, 2013
8:31 pm
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I've posted about these blogs on another thread somewhere, but The Nife en L'Air and Into Mind are my two favorite fashion blogs and I would say they definitely fall into the minimalist fashion group. I could see how this category of bloggers could drive consumption in its' readers equally as much as the JCrew/F21 bloggers… but I think these two do a great job of discussing their own styles and perspectives on fashion without being shlummy.

The Nife writes a lot about buying quality over quantity, buying experiences over things, etc. and she does a monthly recap of purchases that goes beyond just clothes and includes all trinkets she brings home. While she does still purchase things on a regular basis, it took her over 1 year to repurchase a pair of booties that she literally wore into the ground.. and it took her so long because she was looking for specific details that she just wasn't finding anywhere. To me, that's kind of crazy and I'm not that picky.. but I do appreciate her intensely reflective attitude towards her purchases and I always look forward to her posts.

Into Mind is more of a wardrobe reconstruction blog, and all of her posts are very step-by-step and instructional. I think her blog is an incredible resource, and the posts she puts together are very well thought out and of high quality. She addresses the fact that everyone may not benefit from the same approach to "building a dream wardrobe", and provides multiple perspectives. She's probably the only blog that I look to as a reference guide which is kind of cool on its own.

October 1, 2013
11:38 pm
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gagafash said
I love this girl! I like the fact that she's not all "jcrewed" out like the rest of those omg bloggers. I find some of her outfits to be actually wearable in real life. http://casuallystyled.blogspot.com/?m=1

Longtime lurker, first time poster (hello!)

 

I had never heard of minimalist fashion bloggers and I kind of liked what I saw, not sure if I'll add them to my feedly.

 

But…this Casually Styled girl has got to stop. I've seen her blog before I think from gomi and she must be posting it.

 

Her outfits are the opposite of minimalist: she seems to try very hard to be on-trend and dress like a "fashion blogger" and honestly, her stupid scowl is crazy annoying to me. I'm feeling rage-y tonight and I just can't stand her blog:

October 2, 2013
12:51 am
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Black Is The New Cheetah said 

 

Longtime lurker, first time poster (hello!)

I had never heard of minimalist fashion bloggers and I kind of liked what I saw, not sure if I'll add them to my feedly.

But…this Casually Styled girl has got to stop. I've seen her blog before I think from gomi and she must be posting it.

Her outfits are the opposite of minimalist: she seems to try very hard to be on-trend and dress like a "fashion blogger" and honestly, her stupid scowl is crazy annoying to me. I'm feeling rage-y tonight and I just can't stand her blog:

I clicked on the link too and that was the first (and only) thing that came to mind before I clicked the big ol X. 

October 2, 2013
1:21 am
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I didn't think she was that bad. I honestly liked the first couple outfits that I saw but your right about the
Scowl lol. I just think its hard to find an actual "real" blogger that isn't caught up in all the hype.

October 2, 2013
6:05 am
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copycat said
Their clothes aren't really my style but I love reading these blogs. Looks like these minimalist bloggers take nice photos, are consistent, and write pretty well (in general). Please introduce me to more! surprisedsurprised

 

Ones I like are:

http://majahuse.com/

http://connectedtofashion.creatorsofdesire.com/

http://lovelybylucy.com/

http://the-nife.blogspot.nl/

http://wewonder.dk/

http://hanna.metromode.se/

http://www.the-frugality.com/

http://passionsforfashion.dk/

 

When I say minimalist some of these girls shop loads so woudn't really fit under that umbrella but are into good quality plainer clothes.  I mean minimalist as in less colours, arm candy and no bubble necklaces etc!!

Since I've hit my thirties the vintage girly look I used to wear just doesn't fit in with my life so I've been drawing my inspirations from this type of style.





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