Reality star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian turned heads in New York City this week when she stepped out in an ultra-luxe maximalist winter look. The outfit consisted of two standout pieces – a massive gray faux fur coat and a large gray crocodile Hermès Birkin bag.
Kardashian layered the oversized furry coat over a black hoodie and matching sweatpants for a cozy yet glamorous vibe. She accessorized further with the rare Hermès weekender Birkin bag, estimated to be worth over $86,000 on the resale market.
The Skims founder finished the look with Balenciaga knife booties and black sunglasses, keeping her beauty look simple with bronzed makeup and a slick low bun.
“There is no such thing as quiet luxury in the eyes of Kim Kardashian,” writes Harper’s Bazaar about the reality star’s affinity for bold, maximalist fashion statements.
Indeed, Kardashian is known for her show-stopping red carpet looks and skin-tight athleisure outfits rather than understated style. Her winter ensemble this week epitomizes her trademark approach to fashion.
Kim Kardashian’s Maximalist Style Evolution
Kardashian’s maximalist winter outfit is just the latest example of her adventurous fashion sense. Her style has evolved dramatically over the years, often reflecting key moments in her personal and professional life.
In the early 2000s, when Kardashian first emerged on the scene, she favored trendy pieces like Juicy Couture tracksuits. Her glamorous aesthetic developed in tandem with her family’s hit reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
Leading up to her lavish 2014 wedding to Kanye West, Kardashian wore plenty of sparkling Balmain looks. West went on to style his wife in Yeezy and other avant-garde looks during their marriage.
“My best looks are always the ones he puts together,” Kardashian told Vogue in 2019 about West’s styling influence.
Since their split, Kardashian has continued taking bold fashion risks – case in point, her latest winter outfit.
“Moving product and driving sales have become an influencer’s most valuable skills,” says Vogue. “And to be sure, it was Kardashian West who did it first.”
The Allure of Maximalist Fashion
Kardashian’s headline-grabbing maximalist winter ensemble aligns perfectly with the return of maximalist fashion in recent years.
The maximalist aesthetic centers around bold colors, patterns, textures, and silhouettes. It’s all about more being more rather than less is more.
“Maximalism invites joy, optimism, and fun into your wardrobe – and home,” explains home goods brand Tartan Blanket Co. “It’s a myth that the maximalist style is cluttered or too much.”
On TikTok, the #maximalistfashion tag brings up countless videos showing how maximalist style doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The key is balancing pieces carefully, despite the appearance of haphazard layering.
“We often dress with other people in mind, and I think that’s where we can get lost,” Sara Camposarcone, a maximalist fashion influencer, told Elle Canada.
In other words, maximalism represents unapologetic creative self-expression. It’s about wearing what makes you personally happy, regardless of trends or other people’s opinions.
Kim Kardashian’s show-stopping maximalist winter outfit embodies this spirit of joyful authentic style. And her massive influence ensures maximalist fashion will continue making a bold comeback.