Posted: May 21, 2022 5:07pm

The Power of the ‘clean aesthetic’

Today, I was catching up with one of the most impressive women that I know, Foo Mei-Zee.

I am completely obsessed with her skincare brand, Calecim.  She is so wise; one of those women that you want to write down everything she says!  We were talking about how as we get older, less is more.  She came up with the best quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Beautiful and Damned’…

“Well, because you are so clean. You’re sort of blowy clean, like I am.  There’s two sorts, you know.. One’s like Dick: he’s clean like polished pans.  You and I are clean like streams and winds.”

Clean is the word we both landed on, so what does this mean?

When you are younger this concept just doesn’t enter your mind.  As you get older, shiny hair, clear skin and a healthy body is as good as it gets.  That is where I put my effort (and any spare money).

Clothes are still my obsession, but the older I get the less I can be bothered with all the trends as it is just so much work, and in any case I know that I look better in a simple t-shirt!  Foo and I agreed that we still want the odd absolutely bonkers piece (a la Man Repeller).

Once you accept that a clean simple palette is the way forward, it frees you from the shackles of looking for the new, I am happy with better versions of what I already have, and I shift my focus to maintenance.

Celebrities that mirror that ‘clean aesthetic’ still look as great now as they did when the pictures were shot.  I always ask myself before I buy anything; would Lee, Carolyn or Sarah buy it??  If not, then I walk away. I have featured a few pieces below which I personally love, think shopping should be 90% research and 10% actually purchasing and no one knows what suits you better than yourself. So trust yourself !

The Power of the 'clean aesthetic'

The Power of the 'clean aesthetic'

The Power of the 'clean aesthetic'

FRAME Linen-blend blazer
FRAME Linen-blend blazer
£270
Neous Mules
Fabric mules Neous
£205
ANINE BING Cosette twisted cotton-twill midi dress
ANINE BING Cosette twisted cotton-twill midi dress
£269
ERES Oda strapless stretch-jersey maxi dress
ERES Oda strapless stretch-jersey maxi dress
£335
SAINT LAURENT Uptown YSL-monogram striped-canvas pouch
SAINT LAURENT Uptown YSL-monogram striped-canvas pouch
£425
FRAME Le Hardy wide-leg jeans
FRAME Le Hardy wide-leg jeans
£220
ALAÏA Bombe suede sandals
ALAÏA Bombe suede sandals
£750
GUCCI Run sneakers
GUCCI Run sneakers
£640
Sturm Mule 95
Sturm Mule 95
£620
RAEY Responsible wool-blend pocket front cardigan
RAEY Responsible wool-blend pocket front cardigan
£350
https://www.matchesfashion.com/products/Raey-Elasticated-waist-silk-skort-1479097
https://www.matchesfashion.com/products/Raey-Elasticated-waist-silk-skort-1479097
£250
Arket Relaxed Long-Sleeve T-shirt
Arket Relaxed Long-Sleeve T-shirt
£25
GAUGE81 Naha draped linen-blend mini shirt dress
GAUGE81 Naha draped linen-blend mini shirt dress
FRAME Side-slit crochet maxi dress
FRAME Side-slit crochet maxi dress
££465
LOULOU STUDIO Lattore wool-crepe blazer
LOULOU STUDIO Lattore wool-crepe blazer
£219
LAPOINTE Organic cotton-jersey track pants
LAPOINTE Organic cotton-jersey track pants
£270
POUR LES FEMMES Gathered silk-charmeuse jumpsuit
POUR LES FEMMES Gathered silk-charmeuse jumpsuit
£274
MAISON ESSENTIELE
MAISON ESSENTIELE
£150
RAEY Responsible cashmere crochet cardigan
RAEY Responsible cashmere crochet cardigan
£270 ( on sale )
TORY SPORT Cotton shorts
TORY SPORT Cotton shorts
£93
Maurie and Eve
Maurie and Eve dancing slow dress
£90

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