I love fashion for the same reason I love makeup. They are two outlets that allow me to express my personality and creativity. I like to experiment with clothes, try new styles, and have fun with them. If something doesn’t look good, I can always take it off.
So, it really bugs me when people start talking about fashion rules. They’re often outdated, and mostly, plain wrong. They’ve been repeated so many times, they’ve become accepted as facts. But they’re not. They are silly fashion myths.
Here are 5 you must stop believing right now, so you can take full charge of your wardrobe, and let your outfits reflect your personality.
1. If You’re Past 30, You Can’t Wear Miniskirts Anymore
When I turned the big 3-0 a couple of years ago, I put all my miniskirts away. I didn’t do it because of some dumb fashion rule. It’s just that, at the time, I was sick and tired of my old look and wanted to experiment with something new. More sophisticated.
So, I swapped my minis with midis. I love midis. They’re floaty, and make me feel quite grownup, but in a cool way. But minis kept calling me back. So I gave in. And you know what I learned? That you can totally look sophisticated in a mini, especially when you pair it with a nice blouse or sweater.
But maybe you don’t want to look sophisticated. You like a fun, trendy look and don’t see why you should give it up just because you have turned 30. I don’t either. Who has decided that once they turn 30 women are past their prime and should hide their bodies in shame?
That’s ridiculous. And offensive. If you love miniskirts and feel comfortable in them, go ahead and rock them. It’s you, not your age, that should determine what you wear.
2. You Can’t Wear Black And Navy Together
Black and navy is one of my favourite combinations. But whenever I wear it, there’s always someone who’s surprised at how well these colours look together. They should clash, we’re taught.
But black and navy are both dark neutral colours. They look good with any colour, so why wouldn’t they look with each other? They do. Oh yes, they do! Especially when you mix different textures. It makes the outfit look more modern and dynamic.
3. You Can’t Wear White After Labour Day
Is there still someone who believes this myth? One hundred years ago, before the invention of washing machines, wearing white was a luxury only the rich could afford. And even then, wearing white when the weather was wet and muddy was asking for trouble.
Those days are over. Everyone wears white now. And while keeping white clothes clean is still a pain (it’s why I rarely wear white), it’s not the nightmare it used to be.
So, if you want to wear white after Labour Day, do it. Nothing bad will happen to you. You’ll just have to be a bit more careful to avoid stains, that’s all.
4. Short Women Can’t Wear Maxi Dresses
This is a myth I have only just debunked. I’m quite short, and always steered well clear of maxi dresses because everyone said they look awful on short girls.
It’s not true. Yes, bulky maxi dresses swallow us short girls up. And printed maxi dresses aren’t the most flattering either. But a streamlined maxi dress in a solid colour looks amazing on us short girls.
Don’t believe me? Try it. You’ll wonder why you didn’t before.
5. Tall Women Can’t Wear Heels
Of course they can! This is not a problem I have. I’m quite short, and I love the few inches a nice pair of heels gives me. But that’s not the only reason why I wear heels. They force me to straighten up, improving my posture. And they’re just pretty.
Why should tall girls be denied the pleasure of wearing a pair of shoes they like? It’s so unfair! If someone has a problem with a tall girl wearing heels, well, it’s their problem. You do your own thing, and wear those stilettos with pride!
So, there you have it. If you’re still following those old-fashioned and silly rules, don’t be afraid to break them. Do it now.
What fashion myths have you debunked?