I read a lot of articles about fashion and style as it's relevant to my interests and it's part of my job as a stylist, but the one thing that drives me bonkers is RULES. The assumptions that fashion rules give me, is that we need to be ruled by what is 'right' by the fashion gods. We must bend to their every whim and cower by their knowledge and expertise. Pppppffffffttttt.
Some of the reoccurring subjects I do see is that; wearing all black is boring, wearing all black is harsh, wearing all black is depressing, wearing all black automatically makes you goth. A big NOPE. There are plenty of people from the beauty industry to the arts community and beyond who enjoy wearing all black, it's not some sort of special club.
Wearing black makes me happy. It makes me feel beautiful and elegant, edgy and playful. It's all in the way I style my all black outfits that gives it personality and substance. Adding patterns, texture, shine and accessories are some style suggestions that I will often agree with, but how I choose to wear them will always be my choice. That is what I believe is a big difference between following trends and doing your own thing: personal style. In the same respect, I don't need to follow the rules of whatever 'fashion tribe' I may relate too.
Even as a professional women of 35, I will always have the angst-ridden 16 year old me in the back of my mind. I will always say, "Wear that makes you happy and screw everyone else". I think if I had a dollar for every time I said that at work I would be rolling in John Fluevog boots.
I love fashion, but it will never rule me enough to stop dressing how I love....
and I hope it never rules you neither.
Thank you for reading, until next time!
**I'm wearing cotton shirt dress (eShakti), cardigan (Le Bomb Shop), concho belt (Target), stockings (old, Lip Service), cowboy boots (ZigiNY), Lydia brooch (Jubly-Umph), tombstone necklace (borrowed from Derek) and spiked bracelets (???)