I recently saw "Tron: Legacy" for the first time, and my jaw is still on the floor. If lasers, Garrett Hedlund and Daft Punk didn't give me enough to love, the fashion did.
While I wish that we could all run around with glow-stick trimmed jackets, this would be a tad silly and is best left to those on the Grid. However, the futuristic world created in the film excellently executes a burgeoning winter trend: minimalism.
Minimalism is a movement toward the elimination of the nonessential and can be seen in modern art, architecture, music, literature and lifestyle choices. Minimalists choose to rid their lives of the clutter and live in total efficiency.
To some, the word “simple” is synonymous with “boring.” This is a very common misconception. Simple clothing does not have to be uninteresting. In fact, coming from a season dominated by bright prints, simplicity can be quite refreshing.
In trying to create a perfect system, the character Clu attempted to eradicate redundancies in anything that would affect the equilibrium of the Grid. Everything has purity and serves a purpose. If programs had closets, they would only contain the bare essentials, which I can only assume would be racks upon racks of skin-tight lycra jumpsuits.
For those users inspired by "Tron" style, it is time to get back to the basics. As a general rule of thumb, less is more. Purify your closet with a few of these basics:
The little black dress (LBD) is a sexy, timeless piece. It can be worn for almost any occasion and flatters every body type. This is an absolute must, not just for minimalists, but also, in my opinion, for everyone.
Another minimalist trend on (and off) the runway are nude-colored heels. Flesh toned pumps trick the eye and make legs appear miles longer than they really are. In some cases, it can appear as if there is no shoe at all.
In my perfect system, I would be able to afford the $945 Christian Louboutin Peep-Toe Platform Slingback. Alas, I must cross back through the portal into reality. The Women’s Komet Platform Pump by Brash, a cheaper substitute, can be purchased at Payless for about one twenty-seventh of the Louboutin price.
While I cannot condone the wearing of spandex jumpsuits in public, eliminating excess fabric in the form of clothing that fits closely to the body is a minimalist trend.
Perhaps the most important facet of minimalism is structure. Garments should display lines with laser-like precision (think Olivia Wilde’s chic structured bob).
Any base garment in hues of black, gray and nude paired with white are chillingly stark and very fashion-forward.
However, even in the world of Tron there are pops of color. For those who are reluctant to give up their vivid summer brights, a modified version of minimalism, color blocking, is a very wearable trend.
Color blocking features minimalistic clean lines with colors that pop. Like the name implies, a color block garment is hued in flat, solid color (or colors) that meet without blending together. Stores such as American Apparel and United Colors of Benetton are great for purchasing solids.
Take a look at your closet and think about what you wear on a regular basis. Are there a few garments that you haven’t touched in more than a year? If so, box them up. Creating a perfect closet means removing the clutter. An organized, minimalist wardrobe is a fast track to achieving the Jeff Bridges level of Zen.