Sunday, 12 January 2014

Fashion 'Rules' You Should Break This Year

original collage artwork by me

Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a rut, and not necessarily a bad one either. Tried-and-tested styles become our day-to-day wear, usually because we feel comfortable in them. And yet, no matter how well they suit us, these clothes can begin to be humdrum. So what better month than January to break those "rules" that we can all too often accept without question.

"Less is more"
Coco disapproving of your lifechoices (x)
Do you really think that this is what Coco Chanel, the queen of chic, had in mind when she piled all those pearl necklaces around her neck? Yes, minimalism is all well and good, but too many times I've regretted playing it safe with an outfit which I know could have been far more eye-catching. So, try adding an extra piece of jewellery, mixing prints, or introducing another colour into the mix. If you need further convincing, check out this piece by Imogen Fox.

"Don't impulse-buy"
Just some light shopping (x)

What goes through your mind in the few minutes after discovering a garment? After the initial "this is gorgeous!" I bet you find yourself questioning "will I ever wear this?" "what will its cost-per-wear be?" "will I regret buying this?" and, more often than not, you end up sadly replacing it onto the rack. Now I'm not advocating reckless spending - nobody wants to be in a Confessions of a Shopaholic situation - but just once in a while I think it's good for us to buy something we really really love. Even if it is a floor-length sequin gown which you never get an opportunity to wear, just the pure pleasure of owning it is surely worth something. Plus you never know when that embellished matador-style jacket will be exactly what you need.

"Black is always best"
Charlotte Free is tired of the same old colours (x)
Now I've nothing to say against everyone's favourite go-to colour, in fact I'm not going to talk about it much at all, leaving that to my editor on the OxStu, Ellie Grange, who has written this piece about the shade. What I will say though is that there are so many other colours which deserve a look-in, and they don't even have to be particularly outlandish. I feel, for instance, that a red or white dress can be just as much of a wardrobe staple as the classic LBD. Then again, perhaps you're after excitement, in which case I have one word or you: gold. I love gold. Just go crazy with it next time you're invited to a party, or maybe work out a way to incorporate it into your daywear.

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