About Those Fashion Rules...

Having just celebrated our way though Labor Day, you might be busying yourself with packing away those white pants for fear of enduring a fashion faux pas. A mini history lesson: this rule basically came from the "Mean Girls" of the late 1800's. It was a way to identify outsiders to their clique, to distinguish those who belonged and those who were just imitators. Instead of wearing pink on Wednesdays or only wearing your hair in a ponytail once a week, it was all about arbitrarily determining the "proper" sleeve length, dress color, etc. In short, these ladies would have given Regina George a run for her money.

One of the original badasses of fashion, Coco Chanel, decided to let these ladies know that she didn't much care for these rules. She wore white year round, shunned the corsetry and constricting styles of the time, and even popularized the cardigan and collared shirts--after taking her partner's clothes, cutting and belting them to accentuate her frame. As we all know, she was onto something, since the house of Chanel is alive and well today.

 If you haven't yet noticed, I'm not much for fashion rules. I'm one of those people that when told not to do something, I just want to do it even more. I also LOVE to see others taking the same attitude and crushing it in their own personal way. 

Speaking of crushing it in her own personal way, I stumbled upon this BuzzFeed Article and I have to give a girl props. She looks AMAZING! Talk about tackling the things people say you can't do. If you have read any of her other articles you'll know that she is very honest & hilarious. No matter what she's writing about I usually feel like she is plucking the thoughts right out of my head. I love that she took on a fashion rule that she herself was apprehensive about tackling, and how her feelings about it evolved over time. 

I hope you, like me, will take something from Kristin Chirico's words of wisdom, and never let the naysayers keep you from rocking your style. 

With that, I'll leave you with the only two real rules of fashion:

"Fashion fades, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent
"A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous." - Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel