Belt: cheapie Ebay
Labor Day is less than one week away, ladies, which means two things are numbered - only only week left to enjoy free shipping at Anthropologie (egads!) and only a few more days where it is appropriate to still wear white.
Or at least that's what my mom always told me.
I think as young ladies growing up, we get inundated by entities telling us what is considered fashionably proper - from our well-wishing moms, grandmoms and big sisters that want us to look like "ladies"; fashion mags that want us to "buck the norm" and then proceed to tell us exactly what they think that means; Tim Gunn who wants us to dress for our shape and "make it work"; Stacy and Clinton who don't want things to match but to "go" - and then you throw in the million little dos and don'ts for office and special occasion dressing and it really starts to get confusing.
I am pretty sure if you list down all the different varying fashion rules that exist in society now, they will all pretty much contradict each other and tie your brow into a permanent knot. So how do you sort through all the muck to find what works for you?
What are your personal fashion rules? What/Who do you think were some of the influences for some of them?
I try not to be swayed by outward influences but it's often a losing battle. Who knows why certain things have stuck with me, but here are some fashion rules that I notice myself following:
- Business attire is any combination of a blazer and trousers/skirt - suits don't need to match (in fact I prefer not matching and only own two matching suits which I never wear together)
- Nude pantyhose is only OK if you plan to rob a bank (though this could just be because I can't ever find a shade that works for me)
- For no known reason, I don't think navy and black (or navy and grey) go together
- I can wear white whenever I want, but I am a random ketchup squirt magnet
- Even in a more casual office environment, I wouldn't wear flip flops, thong sandals or shorts that are not bermuda length
- Leggings and I are not friends - we're cordial in social gatherings, but we don't hang out alone