It seems a little ironic to write a style rules post with so much of fashion being about self-expression. Your style is such a personal issue that surely applying a rule book to that takes away all of the fun? But sometimes we all need a little guidance so while I won’t be telling you what you can or can’t wear I’ve put together a round up of a few guidelines of the style rules that I feel are important to follow in order to be your most fashionable self and ones that I endeavour to start following more closely this year.
1. Quality over Quantity
Feeling massively hypocritical writing this one considering I’ve just come home from a post-work trip to Penney’s where I fell in love with every cosy item in sight. To be fair, do pyjamas really count when it comes to good quality clothes? Don’t get me wrong, I am in LOVE with my silk pink pjs that I got for Christmas (you know you’re a granny trapped in a 20 year old’s body when pjs, slippers, a fluffy dressing gown and a new mug made your Christmas) but I’m referring to resisting all things Missguided in favour of investing in a good quality coat from Topshop. Topshop is as far as my budget can currently stretch in terms of investment pieces but hopefully this is the first step in breaking a bad habit of bulk buying cheap clothes that end up looking just that – cheap.
2. Comfort is key
This probably has a lot to do with the granny inside me that I mentioned above but as soon as trainers became popular for everyday wear, there was no turning back for me.
This time last year I was all about Kurt Geiger, it was an obsession I couldn’t shake. An expensive obsession at that but definitely worth every penny. Purchases from said KG obsession included a pair of embellished trainers and my favourite over the knee boots – both of which I’ve never looked back on. When trainers came on the scene, it became a real struggle for me to face wearing anything else because of the comfort they provided but conveniently linking to my first point about quality over quantity, both the boots and the trainers are so comfortable while also looking good. Goodbye stilettos, blisters and aching feet, I’m doing footwear my own way from now on.
This rule doesn’t only apply to shoes though. Whether thats a crop top that makes you feel self-conscious or a pair of jeans that are incredibly uncomfortable the second you do anything other than stand up straight in them, an outfit just isn’t worth it if it’s uncomfortable in any way.
3. Pay attention to accessories
Accessories really aren’t my strong point and more often than not, I completely forget about them. When I’m out shopping I’m so busy obsessing over all of the clothes and trying to figure out how i can afford them that I completely forget about the accessories. On the rare occasion that I actually do purchase an accessory, 9 times out of 10 its the item that I’m least excited about when I get home. A lot of this is to do with the fact that accessories are the finishing little details that complete an outfit, so on their own they aren’t that exciting. It takes seeing the final look in all of its glory to appreciate the importance of good accessories.
Simply by adding in a belt or a pair of earrings, accessories can take an outfit from a 4 to 10 in just a few seconds. With the right accessories you can completely transform an outfit, take it from day to night, outfit repeat without people realising and make your clothes look a hell of a lot more expensive than they actually are. So this year, I’m vowing to follow the style rule book and give accessories the attention that they deserve.
4. Find your signature style
As much as I encourage experimental fashion (see rule numero 5) I do think that it’s important to find your own signature style within that experimenting. It would be interesting to ask those around me what they think my signature style is but I think it’s probably my two stacked pandora rings. I wear them everyday without fail and the rare time that I’ve forgotten to put them on in the morning, I spend the whole day feeling like I’ve forgotten something. That’s how easy finding your signature style can be.
Whether its particular jewellery that you always wear, a particular palette that you stick to when buying clothes or a particular outfit formula that you swear by, identify something that you feel defines your personal style. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to find it or religiously stick to it though. In the same way that trends change with every passing season, so can your signature style. Switch it up whenever you feel ready too.
5. There are no rules
Last but not least the biggest contradictory rule of all (but also one of the most important ones).
The reason I love fashion is that it’s about expressing yourself. Fashion may be nothing more than a pile of clothes to you but to me and a lot of other fashion lovers out there, it’s a form of art. It’s an extension of your personality and reflects who you are whether you realise it or not.
The way that someone dresses is one of the first things that I notice about a person. Not in a judgemental way but on a superficial level it tells me a lot about a person before they’ve even opened their mouth and I know I’m not the only one out there whose brain functions in this way.
With that in mind, don’t forget to have fun with your style. Experiment. Try a new look. Face your fears and try something you thought you would never be able to pull off before, you never know, you might surprise yourself.
Trying out new styles is part of the whole leaving your comfort zone thing, without which we would never grow.
You do you, boo, who cares what others think.
With all of that in mind, here’s to a more stylish 2017!
What are the style rules that you swear by?
Photos by Kellie Scott
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