Hi all

I have been having a go at Angie's challenge by trying to incorporate more maximal elements into my outfits. I don't think my style is maximal, or will ever be truly maximal, but it is not minimal either. I am somewhere in between. I am treating this as an opportunity to change things up by moving a little closer to the maximal end of the continuum.

I concentrated on amping up 4 elements: colour, texture, shine and pattern.

Outfit 1: colour and pattern. We have been having a cooler than usual spring so I have been able to keep wearing boots. Yay! This outfit incorporates a lot of colour - for me anyhow. Rust, grey, pink, plum, dark brown, beige, camel, gold and taupe. (I like low contrast.) And what do you think of the pattern mix of the floral skirt and the leopard bag? I thought it worked OK. The camel colour in the bag is similar to the beige colour in the pattern of the skirt. Or maybe leopard IS a neutral

Outfit 2: texture and pattern. I love space dye almost as much as I love ombre. Normally I would wear this space dye skirt with a plain topper. This time I teamed it with an almost matching knit cardigan to amp up the texture and pattern. The topper is a waterfall cardigan that I altered last year to reign in the drape. http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....drapey-top
I left one side undone because I liked the subtle flounce it created and the way it broke up the horizontal lines of the outfit. I wore this with a new wrap top from Saba and my leopard bag for more pattern. The leopard is warm and the space dye is cool, but I think the boots help to tie things together. Yes?

Outfit 3: shine and pattern. This is the most minimal of the outfits. Except... rose gold shoes! Shine +. I don't have much rose gold jewellery (clearly a wardrobe hole) so I mixed my metals by piling on the silver. I added some pattern with my clutch. The jeans are allegedly cropped flares but they are not very flared on me No matter, they are a $35 experiment from Witchery. The top is a longline wrap/crossover tunic. A favourite of mine.

Your thoughts are welcome

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