Influencer Jenn McNaughton identifies and interprets fashion trends and inspirations of the moment, with a nod to where they’re coming from and how to make them your own.


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Often when we hear the word minimalism, a calm and serene space comes to mind; a lucite desk chair and coffee table to match, with a volume of Kinfolk accompanying. But in today’s column, I’m not discussing the “all-white blogger dream world”—I’m talking about those individuals who steal the limelight unintentionally so. They’re practical, donning nothing ever too far-fetched; at least nothing that won’t carry them through to next season.


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With the new wave of “anything goes fashion” and fashion becoming, well… fashion again, it’s refreshing to see street style consisting of authenticity and lacking the desire to be in the limelight. I’m not saying a girl can’t appreciate her Ellery pants having their 15-seconds of fame (see above) but the everyday routine of dressed in the morning no longer entails a Cirque du Soleil-splendour.


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Minimalism has proven it can remain clean and concise while taking cues from subcultures; the grunge kids, self-identified “prepsters”, and often times, eccentrics. As long as one or two pieces remain focused on functionality, accessories and other add-ons can do the talking. It’s like a blank canvas; the foundation and medium remains, while each brush stroke completes another story.



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Let’s get another thing straight: minimal doesn’t mean mundane. And redefining yourself as a maximalist doesn’t require the acquisition of floral. Take this guy, who intelligently layered two blazer jackets atop one another; the layered-turtleneck and single button closure reads business, while the camel cape-topped declares fashion—with a capital F.


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I’m not saying purge those Black Crane wool basics or store away that Building Block bucket bag just yet—pair them with an oxford shoe as opposed to your go-to sneaks and top it off with a monogrammed jacket to elevate. Mixing textures will also be your best friend like the above fishnet-leather amalgamation while remaining simplified in all black.



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Perhaps ditch the lucite though…all of it.