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By Krista Michaels
Are there certain things that only women with a low maintenance fashion sense understand? Is it that less is more? Do they just know how to stand out with one simple look? Here are some tips that can help you decide if you are one, or if not, how you can achieve style points by adopting their ways.
“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.” –Charles Bukowski
#1) Mixing and Matching Will Be Your Best Friend
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” –Steve Jobs
The truly low maintenance know that mixing and matching some key items is the way to keep the closet situation handled. To be a low maintenance dresser you need to have the basics covered and then you can swap them around and make many outfits out of a few pieces. This makes getting dressed easy when you have some go to options. To ensure that you have these basics on hand however requires that you get some good options to begin with.
A basic is not going to get a lot of wear if you don’t like it or doesn’t fit. Basics can be trendy to a certain extent but for the most part they should fit your body and your lifestyle. Examples include great fitting jeans, a blazer than can be used for work or end of the day drinks, basic t shirts in solid colors, a pencil skirt, etc.
#2) Shop Quality Over Quantity
“Only great minds can afford a simple style.” –Stendhal
When you’re shopping for low maintenance longevity though you should avoid the super cheap stuff for most of your items and just try to find the right ones before you invest. Something like t shirts might make sense to stock up on in smaller prices, but for your main pair of work pants go with something that’s made well.
#3) Get Specific With Your Hair
“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” –Amelia Barr
He or she can either suggest a better color for you that requires less maintenance, or they can tell you about different options that can help extend your color and cut so that you will still look presentable with little effort in between salon visits.
#4) Streamline Your Makeup Application Process
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” –Confucius
The low maintenance dresser often wants to keep their makeup routine to a minimum as well, but you still want to look and feel your best. These days they make so many products that do double duty (or more) that you get away with using less products and have fewer steps in your routine but still come out with a out together final result. For example, BB and CC creams offer different amounts of coverage but also have thing added such as sunscreen, wrinkle reducing creams, antioxidants, moisturizers, etc.
If you find the right one for you it can take the place of a handful of other products and save you tons of time in the morning. Stick with only the makeup items that you really need, and if you’re unsure about colors get the advice of a professional at a makeup counter so you don’t waste time or money trying out products in the wrong colors for your skin tone.
#5) Some Of the Greats Stick to a Uniform
“Our life is frittered away by detail…Simply, simplify.” -Henry David Thoreau
Many presidents and CEO’s have opted to wear essentially the same outfit everyday because it removes wasted time on the decision making process, including Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and the late Steve Jobs. We all want to feel and look good, but when we have too many options we can end up spending more time than it’s worth to choose a cute outfit. If you’ve ever stopped in your tracks in the mascara aisle and been confused about which “shade” of black to choose from the many then you know what we’re talking about.
Decision fatigue is a real thing that happens when we’re overwhelmed by trying to make decisions. Now, your life and workday may not be quite as intense as the president’s, so wearing the exact same suit everyday might not suit you. But the concept does call to mind the importance of having some go-to pieces for the everyday that can be turned to without any stress involved in the processed.
Do you consider yourself a low maintenance person when it comes to style or are you the exact opposite? Can you see the benefits? Let us know if you decide to streamline your life starting with your closet and how it goes!