Style rules. Fashion do’s and don’ts. What not to wear. How do those make you feel? I run across more than I care to these days and most are directed at women over 50. They’re designed to help women get dressed by ruling out unflattering options and narrowing our choices but they can also stifle creativity and limit our fun. I tend to ignore most but there are 4 that I swear by.
Dress the body you have now
Not buying something you love because you want to lose that last 5, 10 or 25 pounds is tragic. That type of thinking sabotages your confidence and appreciation of self which has nothing but negative consequences. Dress the woman you are right now with respect and delight.
Own and wear what you love
Mediocrity and average get old fast! Yes, we need basics in our wardrobe but an entire closet full of basic pieces can be boring and feel dull. Before you invest in another pair of black pants, consider if it might be more fun to add a red or patterned pair to your look. Do you love black pants that much?
Wear the best you have
Don’t save things for a special occasion. Leaving your favorite things unworn because they may get a stain or mark on them is counterproductive. Wear them at every opportunity. Clothes left to languish in our closet for that perfect occasion are frequently forgotten and therefore wasted. That fabulous skirt you adore? Toss it on with a tee shirt and comfy sandals. That sparkly scarf you wear once a year? Wear it with a classic white shirt and jeans.
Don’t wear uncomfortable clothes
If it binds or tugs, pinches, pulls, gaps or needs constant readjustment, you’re torturing yourself. Wear clothes you can put on and forget. That strapless bra you’re constantly hiking up isn’t worth the effort and doesn’t improve your look. High maintenance clothes have their place, but only when the care is needed in their cleaning. And even then…
Fashion rules provide some women security but they shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the process of getting dressed. Our clothes do send a message we need to manage but they’re also meant to be enjoyable. Life’s too short to not take a few risks. And fashion risks seldom prove fatal.
What style rules do you follow?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.