The Modernist aesthetic often gets a bad rap.
Associated with cold, steral rooms,
the Modernist adaptation of monochromatic color schemes leaves viewers feeling uninvited.
But this isn’t Modernism as a whole.
Many interpretations of the movement have lead to the most colorful artists,
like Pollock, Picasso, and Gaudi.
Still, the black&white variation can be warm, inviting, and interesting.
One of my favorite local boutiques, The Art of Style,
specializes in neutrals.
Rarely do you see a color of the rainbow on their racks.
The difference is, TAOS’ aesthetic brings in different textures to break up the clean lines.
For starters, try mixing different neutrals.
Layering is key for a (no pun intended) warmer look.
Keep it sleek with drapey knits.
Minimal jewelry doesn’t overpower the metallic dress,
while still allowing the look to transition from day to night.
Speaking of layers,
sheer, translucent fabrics are your friend!
Look how this uber prissy white lace dress is given some edge,
just by throwing on a black sheer tunic.
Handmade jewelry plays on the femininity of the dress
while giving a nod to the artisan aesthetic which brought about the Modernism movement.
For a more menswear-inspried ensemble
look no further than your classic black & white color combo.
Add a touch of minimalism by ditching the shirt!
Relaxed slacks balance out the sex appeal.
Plus, if you keep your jacket zipped during work,
no one has to know what’s not underneath.
The Modernist aesthetic in architectural design
focuses on material and line.
Frank Lloyd Wright built houses based off the landscape
and made use of natural materials.
Get back to your roots with Modernism
by incorporating natural elements into your look.
The suede texture of the dress,
the chunky knit scarf, the hematite earrings,
and the marbleized acetate cuff all nod towards earthy elements.
Modernism can be warm and inviting,
rather than cold and harsh.
Just remember to play with textures, layering,
and earthy accessories.
These looks transition easily from day to night,
as well as into Fall, with its mix of warm and cool days.
For more Modernist inspiration, for men and women,
check out The Art of Style,
located at 2032 Cameron St in Cameron Village
(Raleigh, North Carolina).
Very special thank you to
photographer Terrence Jones of J1S Photography
and the ever fabulous model Mara W.