Here are a few fashion rules I was taught at mother's knee. While mom was right about a lot of things (really, it is smart to wear clean underwear and carry cab fare), she was not infallible on style.
- Your shoes should match your purse. Oh boy, this was Doctrine until I went away to college. Now it never even occurs to me. I love fun and personality-driven shoes, and fairly classic bags, and it doesn't matter a bit if they "go", let alone match. Belts were supposed to match back in the 60's too!
- Don't wear horizontal stripes, you'll look fat. Well, mom probably said "chubby" or "plump", but the message was delivered. Every woman can look fabulous in stripes, I think, as long as she's flattering her shape and coloring. Rule rejected!
|Mom says no, but I say YES to this Calvin Klein striped dress. Nordstroms.|
- Never mix black with navy or (shudder) brown. I lived in fashion fear of this faux pas well into my 30's. It goes hand in hand with matching shoes and purse. Now I revel in black skirts with navy tees, black dresses with brown boots, and many other versions of this sacrilege. If YSL loves it, it's got to be OK.
|Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche dress, vintage 1970's.|
- Match your lipstick to your nail polish. What was the deal with all the matching in the 1960's? Was it part of a larger agenda to keep us women-folk in line? I wear three or four favorite lipstick colors, in rotation, and color my nails from palest pink to deepest navy, depending on the mood.
|Sex-ay matching lips and nails. I think she still looks scary-good.|
What did your mother (or mother-figure) tell you about what never to do, style-wise? Are you breaking those rules every chance you get, or did mom have it going on? ☺
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