Sara Donaldson from Harper & Harley was one of the first bloggers I discovered several years ago, and as someone who wears black most of the time, I could relate to her minimal style. Sara wears a colour palette of mainly black, white, grey, camel and denim. She has a minimal style that reflects and shows that simplicity is elegant. Harper and Harley was launched in 2008, and has stayed consistent ever since. Sara has worked with brands such as Estée Lauder, Jaguar, Dyson, Loreal, YSL Beauté, Uniqlo, Gucci and Nike. Harper and Harley is well known for living a philosophy of less is more. Watch her interview here to get to know her a little more.
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It’s been such a lovely week, even through all the windy days and umbrellas going inside out. It’s the kind where you walk around feeling your mind smiling because even though it’s cold there’s a certain positive feeling inside of you that you can’t quite explain. Even when they’re days where I felt a bit down, they were simple reminders of what I’m grateful for. Over the years, I have more appreciation for the saying, less is more. This means purchasing items you really know you’ll wear again and again over the years, rather than a sporadic purchase. It also means letting your style speak for itself.Personal style reflects how we may feel, how we choose to express ourselves and sometimes it might evolve or change over the years. I recently talked to a dear friend about personal style. The most important thing is wearing things we feel drawn to, inspired by and comfortable in. They’re simply pieces of clothing that we feel we’re ourselves in, and they express our personality at a glance. What we wear should stay true to ourselves and who we believe we are. The personal styles I like are Rooney Mara, Cate Blancett, Alexa Chung, Alicia Vikander and Victoria Beckham to name a few. Personal style is more important than trends. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing things that are trending if you genuinely like it, but if you only purchase things because they are trending, then it’s trickier to develop your own style. That is the great thing about thrifting because you can find some treasures that may no longer be sold in most stores. I remember going through a stage of peter pan collars, florals, lace stockings and red nail polish. Over the years, I feel most myself in black, grey, nude, navy and white. Although, sometimes it’s nice to add a splash of colour!Minimalism is a lifestyle that encourages living with less, and more of things that we value. My first introduction to minimalism started when I discovered Harper & Harley three years ago. Sara embodies the nature of minimalism and wearing a black, white, nude and navy palette with elegance, simplicity and feminity. Before I discovered her or heard about the concept of minimalism, I used to buy an excess of clothing that I only ended up wearing a few times. Personal style can express the lifestyle we inhabit and how we want to express ourselves.
How would you describe your personal style?
Fashion speaks in a way that allows one to express themselves without having to say a word. It’s an expression of personal style. It’s a way of presenting ourselves to the world, the way we see ourselves or the way we might like to be portrayed. I wear what I feel most myself in, and it often just happens to be inside of black, grey, nude or navy clothing. Comfort and simplicity are the two things I look for in clothing. Black clothing are often our common statement pieces or a piece of clothing we will wear repeatedly. It’s commonly known for coming in every style of clothing, giving a slender figure, making one appear more sophisticated and being perfect for casual and formal occasions.
It’s simple to style and less time consuming. For those who don’t like to spend too much time in the mornings deciding what to wear, black is simple to style without giving too much thought. Most of our black clothing come in basic pieces (pants, shirt, coat). It speaks for itself, and is easy to match.
Black will always be in fashion. It’s one of those common sayings that Black clothing is timeless and will never go out of style. Nearly every person will have at least one item of clothing in black. Clothing’s in stores will very often come in black.
It’s unconsciously done through habit. I think it was around 2011 when I started wearing a lot more black. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, and I started to shop for more black clothing because they matched well with my colourful clothes. Over the years it was something that I didn’t intend on, but it just happened.
The need for minimalism, quiet and no distractions. Adopting the need for a minimalist lifestyle, often comes with simplifying ones wardrobe. For those who may require deep concentration or periods of quiet, they may find that wearing black tends to allow one to feel those aspects even more so. Perhaps it’s like putting on a costume.
Black can express so much, yet say so little. According to Colour Psychology, black creates an air of mystery. It keeps things hidden from the world in it’s secretive nature. It has the ability to barrier oneself from the outside world and protect ones emotions and feelings. Some people wear black to hide their weight, feelings or insecurities. Black can also imply self control, power, confidence, independence and strong will.
Some creative people think better wearing black. Some artists, poets, musicians, dancers and other creatives may often wear black because it is less likely to distract themselves from the art. If a person just happens to be a creative introvert that wears black too, you may relate to the mental state of keeping your mind off yourself.
The ability to appear more sophisticated. I’m not sure about you, but I have quite an innocent face, and wearing black tends to make me feel that I can be taken more seriously. Even when my facial appearances may appear more soft, I’m very aware of certain things, but I feel that wearing black has the ability to emphasise that.
The illusion of being taller and slimmer. Black clothing has the ability to flatter ones figure, by creating the illusion of being more slender. If you look at street fashion, it’s even more noticeable how pleasing black can be to the eye.
It makes them feel comfortable and stylish. As someone who is somewhat shy at times, I find that black makes me feel stylish and comfortable at the same time without sticking out too much. I really do feel to some degree, that what we wear can affect our mood. When you feel good in your clothing, it shows.
They don’t feel the need to fit in with the crowd. Trends come and go. Black clothing is worn year after year. Especially when you think about the sort of clothes one recycle at the end of the year, they tend to be the floral, patterned, denim or textured clothing that is no longer worn regularly.
Personality can also affect ones reason for wearing black. Perhaps if you are more serious and conservative you may feel more comfort in wearing black. There is a sense of being able to be ones self when wearing black. Black can be intriguing, endearing or interesting. Black clothing can also reflect the way one may keep many of their thoughts and feelings inside, rather than revealing them.
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If you have a wardrobe where at least 70% of your clothing are black, you may relate with the struggle of finding certain items without everything mixing together. Your nicely folded clothing may end up becoming unfolded in an ocean of confusion. A great way to organise black clothing, is to go by each season. Depending on the season (it is currently Winter in Sydney), I will pack away my Summer clothing and keep my coats in the wardrobe. If you don’t usually do so, then it may be good to organise all the clothing you wear on a regular basis together.
As someone who is a bit over organised, I like to colour coordinate everything. I have quite a lot of navy, grey, nude and black clothing, which means I will set everything according to their colours. The next step, is to hang all your coats side by side, so that it’s easier to go through them. Hang or fold all your Tops in one pile, and all your knit wears, pants and skirts in their own pile. Place all the black socks and stocking together in a box and if you wear black quite regularly, it’s a good idea to put all your most worn black clothing together, so that you can just whip them out.
If I don’t fold my clothes into their piles of clothing, it usually ends up being a very messy wardrobe. The black turtleneck top I may be searching for, will end up being at the very bottom, while rummaging through I will try feel it by it’s fabric. Then, there is also the different shades of black, but at the end of the day it’s worth it. The joys of wearing black is that it never goes out of style, it’s easy to match and most clothing you may fall in love with, will very likely come in black.
“Women who wear black live colourful lives.” — Neiman Marcus
When it comes to that time of the year to clean out the closet, the same voice over goes in my head. “Why did I buy this?”, “How many times did I wear this?” and “How much did I spend on this?”. A lot of clothes that are often left discarded were only worn a few times, and most of the time they were the floral prints, stripes and colourful pieces. Although my new years resolution throughout the last few years were to try wear more colour, I feel most comfortable and stylish in black. Black reflects my personality. It makes me feel more honest about who I am. Sometimes I want to be quiet, I’m introverted and black makes me feel like there’s nothing to hide (or everything to hide). Black stockings are Autumn/Winters best friend to my lonely legs. Somehow my relationship with blue jeans never last long.
Black, gray and nude. Everyone has a different style. Beige and simple colours are classic or laid back for whatever occasion . Although black absorbs the sun like a killer in Summer, it’s timeless and seasonal. Washing all your black clothes together also simplifies life. If you’ve ever accidentally misplaced your white clothing and underwear in the wash, you’ll know the pain of dyed clothes. The only bad thing I can say about wearing black, is the struggle in diving into your wardrobe to look for a specific clothing, when everything is pitch black. As well as being someone who prefers an easy going start to the day, it makes life less cluttered, without having to choose a print, colour or pattern in the wardrobe.
Let’s face it, as someone who loves fashion, I am all about saving money. Black is one of those fashion choices that makes alternating, matching and creating new looks simple. They cover all the basics (t-shirts, coats, pants, skirts, knitwear) and are re-worn year after year. Truth be told, black can seem serious, but really in the inside I’m very weird. The variety with clothing – well most of the time – come in black. Layering, matching, accesorising. Black is perfect from the office to the weekend, formal or casual and different events. For me, my wardrobe feels a lot more minimal, fresh and clean without the scattered mixture of clothing.
“Black is not sad. Bright colours are what depress me. They’re so… empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not.” — Ann Demeulemeester
Black will never go out of style. I am not guilty to confess that I am one of those people who are told that they seem to wear black a lot. As a Monochrome lover and a Black Staple treasurer, I find I feel the most comfortable when I wear black. It’s one of those pieces of clothing that make you feel effortless, stylish and fit for any occasion (with an exception of weddings). Self expression is important, and fashion is the instant factor of letting your voice speak for itself. In the words of Christian Dior “Black is the most slimming of all colors. It is the most flattering. You can wear black at anytime. You can wear it at any age. You can wear it for almost any occasion. I could write a book about black.” Black will always be in fashion.