These words are bandied about unceasingly when we guftagu about fashion.
Minimalism, with its restrained, spartan mood, and clean, simple lines, attracts always a satisfied, smug, hint of a positive nod of collective approval.
Think Kate Middleton, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Obama, Melania Trump or closer to home, Masaba, Priyanka Gandhi, Ananya Panday, Kriti Sanon.
Saccharine, gaudy, sometimes gushy maximalism, on the other hand, seems to bring a flood of question marks, for its muchness, in its wake.
Think Kim Kardashian at the Met gala, Donald Trump, J Lo or apna ilaka mein Aishwarya recently at Cannes, Janhvi Kapoor, Rakul Singh.
But there is no right or wrong. Each of these schools have their followers and either can score a cool 10/10 during a style outing.
Treading a fine line between both -- a dhupchau of maximalism and minimalism is a kadak act to follow.
Yet when suave minimalists can also pull off a head-turning maximalist moment, in superb taste, that's wonderful fashion.
Very few can, but that pretty much sums up Alia Bhatt's wardrobe in its post-pregnancy, post-shaadi phase of bloom.
She showcases an amazing balance between colours and neutrals, alternating religiously between both and you can almost hear her standing, each morning, in front of her colour-organised closet muttering, 'Sober Alia or splashy Alia? Which avatar? But on Wednesdays we wear pink...'
Bright, playful colours have as much representation as the ambassadors of vanilla and other humdrum hues over there.
Vibrant beige suits, that are hard not to love, jostle for space with exotic shades and whites, which Alia does not use sparingly either.
You can always count on the Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani star to shimmer effortlessly in any colour, like the rang was made for her. And for bringing cheer with her wardrobe.