Mixed with the little bit of the ridiculous, there's a little bit of the sensible. Fashion rules; the unwritten code that governs our sense of style. We follow them to the best of our abilities, fearing the repercussions of the fashion police, or those snarky girls who laugh behind your back.
So while fashion continue evolves, the rules are updated. Here's six rules had how they stand up in today's fashion climate.
Jewelry should always be the same color
This is one of the older rules that jewelry designers themselves have begun to ignore. Sure, not mixing the elements gives a more traditional look, but isn't modern always better? You can always pair a piece that combines silver with gold detailing to pull the look together if you plan to wear both.
Stockings should be flesh toned or match your shoes
Hello, fishnets. Hello, colored tights? While it's uncertain how long these trends will last, the funky daring look many tights now take make this rule immaterial. Although, I must admit to be a big advocate of sheer, flesh toned stockings--if stockings must be worn. Fishnets and colorful tights, however, can add a funky splash of fun to any outfit.
Every woman should own a traditional suit
This is one rule that will never expire. Most professional settings still endorse the suit, and while the rules are roomy in terms of what bottom to pair with that jacket, a suit is always a great investment. Pants add a modern feel to the traditional suit, but designers have attempted to update skirts with interesting detailing. Moderately priced suits are available from good designers (hello Ann Taylor), or go for the classic with a timeless Armani suit. Pair with a great button down shirt (white is always a good bet) to create that clean silhouette.
With makeup, less is more
A lesson I first learned on Full House. We all remember that episode when DJ eager to fit into her new junior high put on makeup fit for stage dancer. Thankfully Aunt Becky came to the rescue and taught a generation of young girls, that too much eyeliner does not necessarily make you cool. That early nineties lesson is still applicable today. Day time makeup is still basic and neutral. Night time is when the glam gods come out. And you can always follow this basic rule: for day wear play up either your eyes or mouth for evening wear feel free to do both.
No white after Labour Day
The last few years has seen the advent of winter white. The trend comes from Italy which rarely has to vie with the weather that most in North America deal with. Yet, North Americans have taken to the trend like bees to honey, essentially debunking the rule in the midst, right? Not necessarily so. It still applies to shoes and bags (but really, how many of us wear white pumps anyway) and, as if you need to be told, keep that white linen in the closet until the warmer weather hits. But there's no reason why you shouldn't embrace white wool pants and white wool coat. Both are great winter items. Just remember, you wouldn't want to turn those winter whites into winter blacks.
Belts make you look fat
Belts are the ultimate accessory and this is the most outdated rule. If belt loops are present and visible wear a belt! Low slung jeans and naval bearing tops have made belt loops more visible and belts are still conspicuously absent. Belts pull and outfit together and you can have fun with your belt. Try wearing it over a dress or long top.
Ultimately, what fashion boils down to is personal style. Sometimes, breaking the rules is what it takes to create that style. The most important rule to keep in mind--and one that will never expire-- is to be comfortable with what you wear. Personality should never be compromised for trends.