--my #1 rule is Don't adhere to the rules too religiously. I mean, WHY does your belt HAVE to match your shoes? WHY can't you wear certain colours just because of the date on the calendar? Try to experiment without preconcieved notions.
--when you do experiment, do it without timidity. CONFIDENCE is best accessory: it goes with everything and magically "pulls together" many ensembles.
--I do agree with everyone on the denim issue...one piece at a time. Denim beautifully compliments so many other fabrics, yet really does nothing for more denim. and overalls....ick!
--CONSISTENCY is a good thing...but theres a fine line between that and PREDICTABILITY, which, in matters of style, is a bad thing.
--dont take your wardrobe too seriously...be tongue-in-chic...or be ironic...dress with wit.
--Don't shop for an occasion. ("I need something to wear to my 30th b-day party, the opening night, Bud and Betty's wedding, or whatever...") you'll end up wearing what you bought ONCE.
--very very few items are truly worth their original retail price. avoid paying that price, at all costs. (hhhmmm...no pun intended, but I'm not sure if that really was a pun. anyway....)
--I can't stand empty belt loops. If your trousers have belt loops, wear a belt. even if its a plain navy leather belt on plain navy trousers...it still punctuates your outfit...it says "I am completely dressed"
--and remember: rules are for beginners...amateurs. have faith in your own style. You're better than the rules.
Interested what (if any) fashion rules you all adhere to. Good or bad, rational or irrational, practical or impractical. do Tell all.
Some of mine are:-
basing an outfit or black or navy as a starting point
only wearing heels with a skirt (except if I can wear bare legs - which is practically never)
not wearing beige near my face (i look washed out)
not wearing too 'tight' on both top and bottom half
tone on tone colours - no more than two primary colours at one time
Trying to get out of some of these but old habits die hard sometimes!
mmm...i love anything plaid or houndstooth...unless it's that navy and yellow plaid...
i don't wear logos
i don't wear platform shoes
i almost never wear prints...unless it's very graphic or blk/wht
i don't wear earrings
i never wear polish on my fingers
my toes are either burgundy or nude
i never bare my midriff
i always wear a bra...no push ups
i never wear a miniskirt and high heels together
i never match my shoes to my bag
i wear mostly solid cool colours-navy, deep plum, burgundy, dk grey...a bit of red...
lots and lots of black and dark neutral colours...it really just looks best with my blk hair
i always wear lipgloss and mascara
i never button my shirt cuffs
i never tuck in my shirt
i wear lots of scarves instead of major jewelry
i always try to have a little necklace on
i don't wear real jewelry with stones of any kind...just gold and silver and leather and cording and sometimes beads...very sculptural...mostly jill platner and elsa perretti
i wear vintage rhinestone jewelry...esp love pins!!!
i never...ever...wear pearls
i wear a lot...and i mean A LOT...of boots...
i also have a weak spot for cropped pants
i wear a lot of loose and unconstructed clothing...nothing 'frilly'
i love androgyny...my ex and i had several of the same pieces in our wardrobes...
i prefer to wear clothes that enhance my figure rather than reveal it...
i try not to look like anyone else without looking like a freak...hahaha
are those rules...maybe they're just preferences?...
"It is not money that makes you well dressed: it is understanding."
I really don't believe in fashion rules per say, but I do believe in some minor "guidelines".
First and foremost, never mix your prints. It works on a runway, not in reality.
I try not to mix black and navy although I have a midnight blue dress shirt that I wear with a black suit and monochromatic tie, so I guess I break that rule.
No white jeans........should be self explanitory
Don't bare too much, it's either back, cleavege or legs, not all at once.
No socks with open shoes, ever.
No acid washed jeans, ever.
Don't match your denim, you'll look like one of those "gangstas" that wear the jeans with matching jacket, matching colored seams, with matching shirt, matching shoes, matching 'do rag........don't match your denim, it is not a suit!
No red and orange together, it's too garish looking.
No white socks with dress shoes!
um, that's about it for me.
You need to move fashion forward when there's a reason to move fashion forward - Tom Ford