Have you ever made up your own fashion rule that you religiously abide by? It might have been something that you dreamt up years ago that you’ve been sticking to ever since. Perhaps some nugget of wisdom that was passed down by your mum or an old friend or work colleague. If there’s one thing about fashion it’s there’s lots of rules. Some change over time, some don’t. Some we’ve made up ourselves and it’s these rules that could be holding you back.
I remember when I was 10 years old and I had a rule that whenever I put on a fresh pair of jeans for the first time I’d screw them up into a ball first. I was a strange child, but there was some kind of reasoning behind my apparent madness. I remember telling my mum that I hated the feel of stiff jeans that had just been ironed and possibly not conditioned. So I’d screw them up to try and soften them.
I guess my current rule is no logos. It hasn’t always been the case, there was a time when I was logo mad but now I just prefer the clean look of items with no obvious logos or branding.
Some other rules that I’ve come across in the past are…
- For the ladies, only show off your legs or décolletage, never both at the same time.
- Never wear a suit jacket as a sports coat or blazer.
- For my US readers, never wear white after Labor Day.
- Avoid toe cleavage at all costs!
I could keep going. Some may sound familiar others maybe new. For me I’ve heard the Labor Day rule before but as I’m from the UK I don’t really understand it. But I’m sure if the sun is shining you can still wear white, right? I’ve heard many a lady friend abide by the first one, but then seen some women with fantastic bodies totally ignore it and look classy, sophisticated and sexy.
Just recently I’ve read multiple accounts from style ‘experts’ on the web on whether you should pair your suit jacket with anything other than their accompanying trousers. The verdict, some said no if you want to wear the jacket as a blazer, buy a blazer. Others have said yes. Even Topman had a campaign about mixing and matching their suits with other pieces.
Where Do I Go From Here?
Now’s the time to review your personal fashion rules and ask yourself what reasoning is behind each of them. Sometimes we grow up with them and never stop to think whether they’re still relevant. You may say there are no rules in fashion, but I disagree, you can break the rules for the sake of it and end up wearing something that isn’t pleasing to the eye and just looks odd.
This isn’t what you want. You just want to check in and see if it’s relevant. As a rule, if you’ve always avoided a certain type of clothing or avoided wearing something a certain way, try it again, get a trusted opinion on it and see whether you should still stick to it or if it’s something you can retire to the locker with the shell suit and jeans under trousers.
I’d love to hear what’s your personal fashion rule you abide by and why you abide it?
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