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The less-is-more look requires more work than you'd think. Click through for a crash course on minimalist dressing.
1. Black and white is your best friend.

Minimalist beginners, take note: black and white is the easiest and fastest way to nail down this look. Side by side, the two non-colors have a clean-lined graphic effect that does all the work for you; alone, each one makes for a striking monochromatic outfit. Although it's fine to throw extra elements in the mix (keep reading!), super-simple is the best place to start.

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2. Consider shape and texture.

While it's important to keep prints and colors to a minimum, feel free to go big with your silhouette. Details like pleating, an asymmetrical hemline and multiple layers of the same colored fabric make the best understated statement.

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3. Make color the main event.

If you're going to add color in a minimalist look, you've got to really add color. Display your hue (or hues, but you really shouldn't do much more than two—it complicates things) of choice in a big splashy way, and keep the rest of your outfit quiet. That includes hair and makeup, too: you don't want nail art, big blowouts and lots of eye shadow to dilute the effect.

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4. Up your beauty game.

Just like the ensemble you're wearing, hair and makeup should be polished, but in an effortless way. Jane Birkin bedhead and a swipe of bright lipstick are both good ways to go.

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5. Stick with statement accessories.

Never, ever coordinate matching earrings, bracelets and a necklace—it's better to go with one bold piece. Pick something striking (high-shine metallics and chunky crystals work best) to balance your otherwise unadorned look.

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