Simple Style Rules
10 things you need to know about fashion
1. Update in small doses.
Not sure the urban gypsy look is you? Try a
peasant blouse with jeans or tailored pants. Head-to-trendy
2. If you think you are too old to
wear something (and you're not Madonna, Demi or Cher ) then you
When your gut feeling tells you that a trend
is too young for you, you'll never really feel comfortable in
3. Don't be afraid to dress out of
your age group.
Go with how fashion makes you feel about
yourself. If you feel great in a mini and you're 55, then go for
it. If you prefer pantsuits and you're 22, then wear 'em.
Black clothes always look more:
5.If you're flat broke, skip shopping
for a few months.
Cheapo, just-to-be-buying-something items are
almost always a bad investment (unless you're 18 with a great
body). Remix existing clothes, alter your hair, makeup and
accessories or steal something from your significant other's
closet until the financial situation brightens.
6. Fads are usually over by the time
the public hears about them.
Fads are a blip on the fashion timeline.
General trends have a longer shelf life and are a better fashion
bet and can be found at all price points.
7. Leave your look for a while.
Ultra-conservative? Punch it up in a
miniskirt, lowcut jeans or a fringed handbag. Downtown diva? Try
a girly knee-length skirt. In other words, play, have fun, try
to remember that style should work for you, not the other way
around. You'll probably go back to your look after
experimenting, but with a new approach.
Never sacrifice your professional image for the sake of
Strappy, see-through, extra-tight or downright
sleazy styles won't ever do your career any favors, regardless
of your career path. Many fashion spreads will trumpet high
slits, plunging necklines, sheer and a plethora of inappropriate
looks in the name of "femininity." But sexy doesn't cut it for 9
to 5. Ever.
9. Fashion is just one part of how the
world perceives you.
Put much more thought into your reading
repertoire, spiritual nourishment and personal relationships
than your wardrobe. An inner peace and glow will never go out of
style. Even designer Kenneth Cole says "To be aware is more
important than what you wear."
10. Fashion is all about you!
If you love it, look great in it and can
afford it, buy it. Yes, it's really that simple!