All Hail the Rules of Fashion

Rules are for breaking. Ah, well isn’t that nice. Although there are many rules out there that certainly feel like they were only implemented to break (that silly 40 mph speed limit, not wearing white after Labor Day, etc.) there are also a plethora of rules that you should probably take heed. Lucky for you, I’ve niftily gathered them here for you to peruse as you avoid getting ready for work tomorrow.

1. If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better. Not to say that you shouldn’t keep trying to be better, but if the promotion is coming down to pressed slacks- fitted blazer-nude pumps you versus your similarly performing but frizzy haired-smelly sweatered-worn in jeans coworker, you can bet that you’re going to have the upper hand. And it’s an easy upper hand at that… spend an extra 15 minutes getting ready. One common denominator for successful people? They dress the part.

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2. If you think it may be too much, it’s probably too much. Fashion is easy, people. We aren’t curing cancer over here. If you’re looking in the mirror and you can’t figure out if you look skeevy or chic, then the line has probably been drawn a little too finely. If you’re wondering is this skirt too short for work? Should I really wear this leopard print tube top? How appropriate are my green highlights? then yeah, it’s probably time to go back to the drawing board. Less is more!

3. It’s all in the details. Anyone can put together a chic, stylish outfit (like I said, this isn’t rocket science over here). All it takes is a variety of basic staple pieces and knowing how to swap them in and out. So what makes a boring black blazer, a forest green slack, or a gray sweater exciting? Details. Just because you put the outfit together doesn’t mean your done. Wear accessories that match one another (black shoe, black jacket), clean off that chipped nail polish, and there better not be any undergarment lines in sight. Details, people, details.

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4. Don’t ever pay full price. I’m broke as a joke. However, I’m fantastic at tricking people that I have money, not because I overspend (which I do not) but because I can hunt out a good bargain like a bloodhound. This means knowing how to spend time scouring a sales rack (and not being “too good” for it), knowing what stores have the best deals, and knowing that when purchasing a basic, like a staple blue jean or black pump, you don’t have to pay big money to get it.

5. You should be excited to what you wear to work today. Life can be drab, work can be boring, and people can be sour. Don’t let your outfit be any of these. If you put something together that you’re not excited to put on tomorrow, that doesn’t say this is who I am today, then open the closet back up and try again. Just like a sip of your morning coffee or a lazy morning commute, a well put-together outfit should be a staple of the day.

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