How to Put Together a Maximalist Outfit Without Going Overboard
Whoever said less is more has obviously never heard of the cluttercore trend that's currently sweeping TikTok. What initially began as an interior-design aesthetic is making its way into fashion and beauty, too. Cluttercore is all about maximalism. In decor, the trend is basically organized mess: colorful, clashing prints and shelves littered with eye-catching objects. In other words, more is more.
When it comes to maximalist fashion, there are a few simple ways to embrace the extra. First, don't be afraid to mix and match different prints. Bright colors are also a plus, and neons just so happen to be trending right now. Playing with textures is essential to nailing the over-the-top look, too. And when in doubt, add something sparkly!
Now, once you add faux fur, neons, and loads of layers into the mix, there's always the risk of overdoing it. To help get you started, we put together a sample maximalist look for fall that you can use as a guide. Keep reading to check out our tips for successfully incorporating cluttercore into your wardrobe without sacrificing style.
Old Navy High-Waisted Black-Wash Split-Front Maxi Non-Stretch Jean Skirt
Dramatic maxi silhouettes are an easy way to lean into the maximalist aesthetic. Tuck your turtleneck into the Old Navy High-Waisted Black-Wash Split-Front Maxi Non-Stretch Jean Skirt ($40). The basic yet timeless dark denim will allow you to have fun with your accessories.
Old Navy Oversized Striped Boyfriend Shirt
Here is where we start to incorporate some patterns. Layer the Old Navy Oversized Striped Boyfriend Shirt ($40), buttoned, over the turtleneck, and french tuck the front to define your waist. Though still a print, the gray stripes will be easy to match with other fabrics.
Wolf & Badger Penny Tulip Embroidered Faux Fur Jacket
Stripes work surprisingly well with florals, like the vibrant, garden-inspired design of the Wolf & Badger Penny Tulip Embroidered Faux Fur Jacket ($289). Plus, a true maximalist look would not be complete without (faux) fur. The collar and cuffs of this piece are removable.
By Far Esteban Sequoia Nappa Leather Boots
Lots of different shoes would complement the vintage sensibility of this outfit, such as white go-go boots, lug-sole loafers, or platform Mary Jane heels with chunky socks. But we're partial to the Western style of the By Far Esteban Sequoia Nappa Leather Boots ($755).
Simon Miller Mini Retro Bag
Nothing says "extra" quite like a metallic purse, and we can't get enough of the glitzy disco vibes of the Simon Miller Mini Retro Bag ($295). Not to mention, maximalist style is all about extremes, like floor-sweeping outerwear and sky-high boots. The almost impractically tiny size of this bag is no exception to that rule.