More is More is More: Maximalism, Explained

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When you enter Anna Golka’s TikTok page, you’re overwhelmed by video after video of over-the-top outfits, contrasting patterns, and an abundance of accessories. Golka, 31, is a maximalist, a style that is currently trending on TikTok and Instagram. Contrary to Coco Chanel’s minimalist advice to remove an item of clothing before leaving the house, fashionistas like Golka are going against traditional guidance. “Add one more thing before you leave the house,” Golka concludes.

In essence, Golka believes that maximalism encourages you to be yourself. “I think there is a lot of room for creativity with the maximalist aesthetic,” says Golka. “Playing with patterns, colors and shapes in my outfits is like creating art. It’s fun, and why shouldn’t we have fun?

It started with Maximalist interior design goes viral on Instagram in 2020, which marked a return to an aesthetic that can generally be summed up as uneven, overcrowded, and somewhat eccentric. Maximalism dates back to the 19th century, when Victorians collected furniture and contrasting color palettes and paved the way for a modern practice of aesthetics. And now, in 2022, maximalist fashion, interiors and design have taken TikTok and Instagram by storm. The rules are simple: express yourself through extravagance. It is kitsch, exaggerated, somewhat reminiscent of the excesses of the Victorian era. “I define maximalism as more is more,” says maximalist content creator Sara Camposarcone. “For me, this means lots of bold colors, prints and textures layered and used in unique ways. Maximalism can be very edgy and sometimes outrageously fun and wild.”

Some cultural commentators believe the trend is a sign of the times, where people are encouraged to surround themselves with things they love, even if they don’t match. Others claim that the shift toward maximalism is a Generational war between Gen Z and millennials, where Gen Z is bucking the trend of millennial minimalism, an aesthetic that focuses on looking clean, decluttering, and having very few items of clothing, in the most eye-catching and colorful way possible. Golka, a millennial, says this is a misconception, pointing to the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason for the trend.

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“I feel like when I think about my other internet maximalist friends, most of them are actually maximalist millennials,” she says. “I also feel that having to quarantine for any length of time played a big part in the rise of maximalism. We were stuck at home, unable to do what we loved. And I feel like we just realized that we should do what we love. If that means diving into our individualism and mixing prints and creating crazy outfits, then do it!”

“For me, it’s pure escapism,” explains Sarah Roberts, founder of A beauty Edit, who is obsessed with maximalist fashion content on TikTok. “I just wouldn’t have the confidence to fully embrace the trend of maximalism, and yet, in my heart, it is a true embodiment of realism. You can be completely yourself and embrace every aspect of your personality, for all the world to see.”

Countering catastrophe with sustainable self-expression

According to Roberts, the maximalist trend is about countering the pessimism of today’s post-pandemic, pre-recession world. While everything seems to drive society into darkness, Roberts says the creativity and visual aesthetic of maximalist outfits is inspiring. “It’s really uplifting to see people take ownership of their personalities and bravely put together outfits that they love and feel represent them,” she says. “It’s amazing.”

According to BBC journalist Bel Jacobs, whose piece on maximalist interior design tries to get to the heart of the trend, the pandemic has changed our relationship with our homes, encouraging us to see them as spaces to be filled with things that bring us joy rather than multifunctional spaces for our daily lives. The same can be true for fashion. Instead of wearing basic clothes to simplify our daily lives, why not invest in clothes that really represent your personality, no matter how extravagant?

But in the era of climate crises, where consumers should adopt more sustainable consumption habits, is the maximalist trend encouraging excessive consumption? In the age of SHEIN and Amazon, will the fashion maximalist trend collide with fast fashion influencers on TikTok to produce hyper-unsustainable practices?

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Maximalist stylist, designer and content creator Sara Camposarcone, the queen of sustainable maximalist fashion on TikTok, challenges the view that maximalism is an exceptionally unsustainable trend. Camposarcone, who often designs and recycles vintage dresses at her Tik Tok, emphasizes that, in general, maximalism is about celebrating freedom, joy and youth through fashion, regardless of age. An avid thrift and thrift shopper, Camposarcone says that despite the fact that maximalism is the aesthetic of over-the-top embellishment, these looks can be achieved without overconsumption.

“One way to immerse yourself in maximalist fashion with sustainability in mind is to use what you have first,” explains Camposarcone. “Reusing what you already have is important before thinking about buying more. When shopping for new pieces to add to my collection, I always search online thrift stores first for unique vintage treasures. Another fun idea to keep your maximalist outfit sustainable is to swap clothes with friends or try a clothing rental store.”

Jessica DeFino, Beauty Critic Newsletter Writer the unpublishable, says that while maximalism can involve the accumulation of a large number of things, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. “There is a case for slow-growth maximalism as a sustainable practice,” says DeFino. “For example, my grandmother’s house has a maximalist aesthetic, but that maximalism is something that has been earned through a lifetime of slowly acquiring things.” DeFino says his grandmother has amassed beautiful, durable items over the years, and this could be a good approach to sustainability.

However, DeFino also cautions that influencers need to be aware of how capitalism and consumerism inform what’s trending and why they want to be involved in promoting it. “Especially with beauty and fashion, it’s important to note how often ‘self-expression’ is used as an excuse for consumerism,” says DeFino. “Beauty and fashion can, of course, be valid forms of self-expression, but self-expression is not purely aesthetic, and I would argue that the fact that we have been collectively and culturally conditioned to associate ‘self-expression’ with applying beauty products and buying fast fashion is diminishing our ability to truly express ourselves.”

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Some proponents of maximalism claim that minimalism has white supremacist roots. In fact, in a 2017 article on the trend, the writer Cameron Glover stressed that minimalist influencers have been criticized for “framing minimalism as a choice for living a life that emphasizes experiences over things, rather than financial necessity,” thereby appropriating the “aesthetic” of poverty that people of color have been practicing for generations due to poverty, classism and racism. Writer Gabrielle Ione Hickmon wrote for Bitch Media that minimalism “presents [itself] like whitewashing, making it difficult for those who are not white and wealthy to identify with the practice.” Could maximalism also be a response to the appropriative and problematic roots of millennial minimalism?

“I would argue that the ‘trend cycle’ itself has white supremacist roots,” DeFino explains. “We desperately need to deepen our analysis of these problems, especially when our analysis of these problems conveniently ends up showing that we can do exactly what we want to do: buy stuff! Western consumerism has devastating effects on people in the Global South. Middle class consumerism has devastating effects on the poor. If your act of self-expression or self-care has devastating effects on another person, can you still consider that expression or care?

In this sense, the content of Camposarcone could be onto something. By advocating for finding your personal style away from the mainstream, Camposarcone encourages her followers not to follow trends as a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. “I think when maximalism is done to express your individuality and be authentic, it doesn’t really require you to consume more,” she says. “You have to use what you already have in a way that shows who you are on the inside.”

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