I saw this article in The Gloss the other day titled 7 Items You Should Never Wear After Age 30 Because You Are Old, Dumb And Ugly. The title made me laugh,
so I had to read on.
The article points out the silliness of these rules, but apparently there really are individuals who feel these “rules” mean something. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to look ridiculous. I wrote a blog about it called Mutton As Lamb, and it had to do with dressing (kind of) appropriately, within reason. But these rules? Not so much.
Here are the the rules from The Gloss article: no leopard prints, no leather, no long hair, and no cleavage.
Hmmmmm…I’m not doing so well. I love animal prints, I have loads of leather wardrobe pieces: leather jackets, leather bustiers (see picture at beginning of post), biker jackets, leather skirts. I have long hair (made longer by extensions), and I try for all the cleavage I can achieve with the resources I have.
Ready for a few more rules? O Magazine‘s “no” list includes: no short skirts, no tube tops, no shredded denim, and no bright nail polish. Busted. More Magazine has a few “nos”: the color orange, wide horizontal stripes, and no pleated trousers. I also found a Forbes article with a few mixed messages about The Great Pantyhose Debate: yes you must always wear pantyhose, especially in an office…no you should never wear pantyhose, they are archaic and oppressive.
And yet a few more: you should never wear red lipstick during the day (oh no), you should always match your shoes and purse, you should never mix black and navy or black and brown, and that time tested rule – never wear white after Labor Day.
Well, I’ve got news for you…I think rules for fashion are silly. Fashion is about self-expression. If you want to wear a short skirt, wear it. If you have a leather dress (like me), by all means, put it on the next time you go out. I believe the only “rule” we should follow is that there are no rules. Dress the way you like and make sure your clothes reflect who you are. Perhaps, like me, you will discover a few items you never considered wearing– like my Agent Provocateur hosiery. Hey, at least I’m fulfilling someone’s rule somewhere of never going without pantyhose (even with the back seam).
C’mon, ladies…let’s break some rules.