For working in an industry that prides itself on creativity and individualism, fashion certainly has a lot of rules to follow! Scratch that…myths that people believe they need to follow! This week let’s known down the barrier wall and straighten out the facts.
As we have just passed Labor Day, it seems only appropriate to begin with the long standing, “No wearing white after Labor Day,” myth. Toss that rule out of your fashion book because it faded in the wind about 20 years ago! Go ahead! Wear white all year round if it makes you feel happy! I suggest, however, steering clear of bright white in the dead of December or January and instead wearing what we call a winter white which is a much softer shade. This allows helps so that you don’t immediately disappear when standing next to snow!
Black and blue will never work together. Say what?! Black and blue have to be one of my all-time favorite combinations together – one of the greatest
combinations in my opinion! I suggest sticking to darker versions of blue such as navy to pair with, cool and chic, black. From a silky blouse to tuxedo
stripe pants black and blue are like bees and honey…they just go together.
Horizontal stripes are a no-no. Well, I say they’re a go-go! For years and years we’ve heard nothing except to not wear horizontal stripes because they will make even the tiniest girl appear heavier. Rubbish! While certain stipulations apply, this is a rule that can easily be ignored. Stick with a classic and narrow French stripe and stay away from large stripes as they can add the appearance of extra baggage wear it is most unwanted and also make you look like you’re part of the rugby team. I also like colors that complement each other well such as camel and black, navy and black, and classically, navy and white. I very much
dislike the “tween-ish” combinations such as pink and purple or red and yellow.
If you’re short, maxi dresses aren’t for you. Quite the contrary, maxi dresses help create the illusion that you are longer and leaner than you actually may be. The key is to wearing the appropriate size and cut for your body type. You may love spaghetti straps, but they may not like you or your well-blessed chest. Opt for a racer back with larger straps. This not only supports your girls but makes
your back look fantastic! Also, print and colors matter! Choose a print that
doesn’t suggest you still color in coloring books (even though you might) but
instead makes you feel confident. For a little extra help, pair your maxi dress or skirt with a comfy pair of wedges!
You must be skinny to wear skinny jeans. I have to say that when skinny jeans first made their appearance years ago, I was extremely hesitant to ever try on a pair for two reasons: the first being that I would look into the mirror and cry,
feeling only worse about myself, and the second being that my ankles wouldn’t
even fit. Well, miracle-be-had, my ankles fit as did my calves, thighs, and
waist! And, they felt great, made me feel great, and fit me to a tee! Go
figure! After that, I’ve been convinced to educate the masses of women who only
think that tall supermodels and wear the skinny pants, that they, in fact, too
can wear this trend which is fast becoming a fashion staple. It might take a little bit of searching to find the correct cut for you but trust me,
ladies, they are out there! With different amounts of spandex and cotton in
every pair, there is a pair out there just for you. If you’re a little hippy or
blessed from behind, wear a longer tunic or sweater (which just so happens to
be in vogue currently) and wear with your favorite pair of shoes. You can feel like a supermodel too!
While other fashion myths remain to be busted, these are a good start to brush up on. Fashion may have its rules or “suggestions” to be followed, but creativity will always reign in its world and the world will always welcome a challenger.