BACK TO BA­SICS

GOT A WARDROBE FULL OF CLOTHES BUT NOTH­ING TO WEAR? JOIN THE MOVE TO MIN­I­MAL­ISM AND GET THE FOUN­DA­TIONS RIGHT

The Gympie Times - - CLOSET - WORDS: SALLY COATES

Don’t be afraid to be ba­sic, dar­ling – it could just be the key to ef­fort­less style.

Stream­lin­ing your wardrobe by start­ing with top-qual­ity ba­sics will make get­ting dressed in the morn­ing a whole lot eas­ier.

No­body preaches the min­i­mal­ist mantra more than Michael Lim, founder and de­signer at Her Line, a women’s swim and fash­ion line he says fo­cuses on gor­geous prac­ti­cal­ity.

“Her Line was cre­ated for the mod­ern woman,” he says. “Through care­fully con­sid­ered fab­rics and de­sign, both swim and cloth­ing col­lec­tions ex­ude a sense of time­less­ness and tac­til­ity. “Ev­ery piece is de­signed to be ef­fort­less and easy to wear.” Like ev­ery­thing in fash­ion, from make-up to hair­cuts, cul­ti­vat­ing an air of ef­fort­less­ness ac­tu­ally re­quires a fair bit of thought.

“Min­i­mal­ism is about con­sid­ered de­sign through func­tion­al­ity and pur­pose,” Michael says.

“We el­e­vate our de­signs through the fabri­ca­tions we use, in­cor­po­rat­ing more tex­tu­ral el­e­ments.

“The use of colour in each sea­son is also key – we strive to achieve a bal­anced colour pal­ette through a se­lec­tion of bold, neu­tral and fem­i­nine tones.

“For swim specif­i­cally, we fo­cus on de­tails such as pan­elling which helps to shape and con­tour the body for a flat­ter­ing sil­hou­ette.”

These well thought out fea­tures are the dif­fer­ence be­tween bor­ing and es­sen­tial – the per­fect lit­tle black dress can be worn a hun­dred times and never get old.

The same rule ap­plies with your ev­ery­day sta­ple pieces too, es­pe­cially in sum­mer.

“Ba­sics are the pieces you al­ways reach for in the wardrobe. They never go out of style,” Michael says.

“In sum­mer, you don’t want to over think or over com­pli­cate your look, and you don’t want to be too pre­cious about your gar­ments ei­ther.

“So hav­ing good-qual­ity ba­sics al­lows you to dress up or down, mix and match, and layer ef­fort­lessly.”

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