Perhaps after the ridiculousness (the feathers, the neon, the feathers) of the early 2000s, we needed a change, and so came along the age of minimalism: white t-shirts, white converse sneakers, and black leggings were the starring features of every woman’s closet. Minimalism spear-headed the fitness movement and the Hygge craze, which were wonderful for a time, but now it’s time for a new era, an era reborn: MAXIMALISM.
As the saying goes, give credit where credit is due, and in the Maximalist trend, credit is due to Gucci and Alessandro Michele. Michele rarely uses black and white, loves loud colors, and is a master fabric mixer. If you want to be a maximalist in 2018, it’s all about wearing lots of layers, mixing floral patterns, and perhaps, surprisingly, loud, almost tacky sunglasses.
For years, maximalism has been making a comeback in the world of interior design. If you want to try incorporating maximalism into your living space, you just need a few floral cushions and a couple of stacks of vintage books to plop on a jacquard rug. Of course, the hallmark of maximalist interior design is needlepoint chairs from different sets (see below).
If you need some help with inspiration, look no further than the queen of maximalism herself, Leandra Medine, the very pregnant man repeller.
Some people avoid maximalism because they think its’s scary, but if you just start with jewelry, sunglasses, or shoes, you can quickly work your way up, and you will find compliments at every turn. Case in point, this morning I want to glossier wearing a very frilly brown maxi skirt with a black and white striped shirt, jacquard slides, a lavender coat, and heart-shaped sunglasses; I got three compliments on the street, two from other customers, and three from people who worked at the store.
In short, extra is in.