Fashion Crimes You Need to Commit

If you’re like me, you grew up following strict fashion rules that controlled your wardrobe, like the larger than life “no white after Labour Day.” But where’s the logic? What did “white” do to offend fall and winter?

It’s time to throw these dated wardrobe rules that mom taught us to the curb. The old do’s and don’ts no longer apply, because today fashion applauds those who stray out of the box.

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So let’s say goodbye to mythical faux pas like:

1. NO WHITE AFTER LABOUR DAY

Whether it’s white coats, bags, or clothing you can definitely wear white after Labour Day. As a neutral white looks great in every season and it’s easy to pair with other colours and styles. Not to mention white is a refreshing break from the darker tones we are so used to seeing come fall and winter. So throw on some whites and liven up your outfit. 

 

shoe2. SEPARATE YOUR SILVERS AND GOLDS

 

According to this rule silver and gold jewelry should never be worn together. How bland! Contrasting two metals is a simple way to add texture and interest to an outfit.

For even more spunk you can include a strand of pearls. So don’t shy away from experimenting with different metals, whether it be a gold watch with a silver bracelet, or a gold necklace and silver flats.

3. YOUR BAG AND SHOES MUST MATCH

 

This rule must have come into being when black was the only colour you could purchase shoes in. Today accessories are meant to liven up an outfit. With purses and shoes that come in so many fun prints, embellishments and colours, matching your accessories is a practice that had fallen to the wayside.

While your shoes and bag should complement your outfit, you no longer need to spend hours finding the exact same shade of brown for your shoes and bag.

 

stripes4. NAVY AND BLACK CLASH

Navy and black are neutrals, meaning you can pair them with nearly anything. The solution when wearing these two colours is to make sure it looks intentional.

One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is by selecting a navy that is rich or lighter in colour so that it is easy to distinguish from black. In combining these two colours you get a sleek and slimming look—so what’s the downside?

 

5. MIXING PRINTS IS MESSY

Sure, if you combine two prints that are both competing for all the attention things are bound to look hectic. The key here is to make sure that one print is tamer than the other.

Style gurus everywhere have broken this rule, acknowledging that it’s more important that clothing “goes” than it does match. So feel free to layer different prints, just make sure that they are complementary or share a colour palette.

It’s time to break the rules. Start creating outfits that aren’t determined by passé style conventions. Instead, put together pieces that look and feel great on you, because the fashion scene of the 21st century wants you dive into the new and exciting!

Just Because We Can Dress Like Our Daughters, Should We?

A British fashion journalist was quoted this month saying that, while previous generations of mature women may have looked to their mothers for fashion advice, today’s older women are more likely to copy their daughters.

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The statement was made in an interview with the Daily Mail for the story, The Helen Mirren effect: The mature stars inspiring women to wear EXACTLY the same clothes as girls years younger.

The article had all sorts of pictures of Mirren and Meryl Streep and others wearing identical or similar things their younger counterparts were. Sometimes they looked amazing, and some times, not so much.

I don’t want to be the fashion police in any way, shape or form and I believe 100% that a woman should have the right to wear anything she wants. I know plenty of women who absolutely rock the same outfits worn by younger counterparts or who raid their daughter’s closets just as much as their daughter’s raid theirs.

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And why not? Fashion should be fun!

BUT, I do wonder if  some of us midlife and older women look to our children for fashion advice, not because we always love our daughter’s look so much but more because we don’t know how to find that “just right” sweet spot between “too young” and “too old”.

Because there are so few midlife models used in clothing ads, we don’t have any relatable role models. So yeah, we do tend to look to our children (or our mothers) and try to modify the things they wear to suit us. It’s hard.

And, while we’re on the topic, why is it so hard to find clothes for midlife women? There is a plethora of twenty and thirty-something clothing stores and brands and maybe a shop or two that cater to a clientele older than us, but where are sophisticated, elegant, chic, fun clothes that are right for the in-between woman?

Maybe that’s why we’re shopping where our daughters shop – it’s because there’s nowhere else to go!

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