The style rules I love to break. I like to follow many rules; they make life flow smoothly and reduce chaos, e.g.: drive on the right side of the road, show up for appointments on time, and never touch the Queen.
But there are rules (guidelines at least) that show up in nearly every list of fashion tips for Women of a Certain Age. Many of them are terrific, and others I just can’t help breaking, with gusto. Please note, I’m only speaking for myself, not judging these rules per se. Here are some of my fashion acts of everyday rebellion:
- Get a professional bra fitting and invest in great bras. Nope, tried it, and I don’t need to. I enjoy wearing camis with built-in bras, or stretchy bras from PACT. I wear sturdy fitness bras for my workouts, but I can’t wait to take them off when I’m done.
- Along the same lines: don’t wear those Grandma panties, try some sleek thongs. Arggghh. While not grandma-style, my personal garments are, well, normal-sized and they don’t have an agenda to invade my body parts.
- Own a crisp white shirt. I have tried this too. I have not yet (at 66!) found a truly comfortable, flattering, easy-care white shirt. They’re just not for me. Give me a nice, heavyweight white cotton or silk tee, with an open neckline.
“I love rules and I love following them, unless that rule is stupid.”-Anna Kendrick
- Here comes some heresy: Avoid baggy clothing. I love and wear baggy clothing all the time. I bought two pair of baggy linen trousers this summer from Quince, and wore them almost every day. They work in Florida winter too, with a thick cotton sweater and high-top sneakers. I love baggy.
- Shapewear is a must. OK, here I know I am probably too rebellious. I recognize the nice smooth lines created by Spanx, et al. I just feel horrible all pressed in like that, and I reach instead for a looser fitting piece of clothing. I may change my mind about this, but for now, I feel freeeee.
“The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.”-Eddie Van Halen
I’d love to hear from you! Are you an habitual rule-breaker? Do you feel a little rebellious when you wear white after Labor Day? No wrong answers, of course, we all want to be comfortable in our own skin.
Stay fabulous, xo
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