Friday, September 24, 2010

Friend Friday: Fashion Dos and Don'ts

This week Katy's Friend Friday questions are about fashion dos and don'ts. I know it's a huge coincidence but I found it interesting that we're discussing this the day after Sal published a blog post entitled Shouldn't Wear That. Please take a few minutes to read through Sal's post; it's extremely enlightening. I know that I've used the phrase often and many, many people use it, even when they think they're just being helpful, but Sal makes some very good points and I, for one, am going to make a concerted effort to discontinue saying that. 

With that being said, I'm going to answer these "fashion dos and don'ts" questions based purely on my perspective, on things that I would or would not wear, and not at all based upon what anyone else should or should not wear. 

1. What do you think are some of the top fashion don’ts? (Things you would never be caught dead in and cringe when other people wear them.)
Some of the things that I personally wouldn't wear are short shorts, rompers, mini-skirts, huge platform shoes, thigh-highs with short skirts...basically things that are overly revealing, just because I don't think those pieces would be very flattering on me at all.  With the huge platform shoes, I just think I'm too short for thick platforms; chunky and clunky shoes overwhelm me although I do love a good high heel! I probably wouldn't wear a scarf as a turban because I'm pretty sure that I'd wrap it wrong and I'd look ridiculous.

2. What previous fashion don’t do you now wear with pride? 
Black and brown! Mixed patterns! Different shades of the same color! Jewelry (or cardigans or shoes) in pops of color rather than matching colors! BELTS WITH NO BELT LOOPS! Oh I just love belts.

3. Do you think there is a universal fashion do? 
ABSOLUTELY. Do wear clothes that make you FEEL GOOD. Wear things that make you feel pretty, powerful, sexy, put together and confident.

4. What items lately, either recently in style or coming in now, do you think should never make it off the retail shelves?
Now see, this is a hard one.  Because I'm getting into the philosophy of "to each his (or her) own." Someone must have considered those pieces worthwhile at some point or they wouldn't have been manufactured in the first place. 

5. In your opinion, is there any blogger, fashion icon, celebrity who some how manages to pull off some fashion don’ts and still look good? 
I think there are tons of bloggers that are able to pull off things that I could never, ever wear, simply because it WORKS for them.

Nothing is a fashion "don't" if you wear it with style, purpose and confidence.


  1. I love the total spirit of your post - nothing is a fashion don't if it's worn with confidence. Very, very true. Have a great weekend girl

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  2. I really enjoyed reading your answers! I love your last sentence! I agree with you too. Of course, discussing what people shouldn't wear is a topic that hits close to home with me. I hope you're having a great day!!! :)

  3. I am totally with you on the romper thing!!

  4. I saw this on Fab Finds under 50, and I did read Sal's post the other day, and I was thinking along the same lines as you!

    I have to admit, the one thing I am majorly guily of doing is criticizing my B-I-L's wife. She refuses to wear the right size for herself- she squeezes into 12/13's, and has TOLD me that she won't wear a size any larger than that. She has had my help many times shopping- as long as she can somehow button/zip it up, she's happy- even if she has major camel toe and muffin top. So yes, I feel her position and outlook is stupid- she should wear what fits her body (the correct size) or change her body to what she wants to be (via diet, excersize, whatever). Then again, if I think like Sal- who am I to judge? How do I know what she goes through, her personal problems- why she cares about the number on the label? It's hard to be mindful sometimes and not judgemental.

    As for trends & fashion- trends can look great on all kinds of body types. BUT not everyone is comfortable in them. Case in point- I have been unable to find a pair of skinny jeans/pants that fit well and don't make me uncomfortable about my body shape.

  5. Great answers Mel, it shows your individuality and I love it!

    Have a great weekend and now I'm praying that parcel is not lost as I would literally cry!



  6. Great responses! At some point I'll get back on the ball with my Friend Friday questions. For now, I am just enjoying reading everyone else's responses :)

  7. That article you linked to is interesting. While she has a great point, I do think we need to be good friends to the people in our lives and help them look the best they can. That at times would mean telling them that something is not flattering. Perhaps it is all in the word choice. - Katy

  8. Thanks for this great post, Melissa! You and I do many of the same fashion "don't." And I think you are absolutely right that people should wear wha they feel good in and what feel most...authentic. There is nothing more beautiful than confidence!---and a great belt!

  9. Loved reading this - I had never realised black and brown is considered a fashion don't until reading blogs haha. My fashion don't that I do.. wearing stockings with peep toe shoes... hehe.

  10. I like your openness! I would like to encourage you to every once in a while try on things you don't think will look good on you - sometimes you never know!

  11. Thanks everyone!

    Meli22, I wish I would have mentioned that there is a difference between what someone considers a fashion don't and what simply is inappropriate, like wearing the wrong size so that things pop out when they shouldn't.

    And Katy, I think that's probably where you're going with your comment. It really is all in the wording but then again, it also has to do with whether or not our opinion has been asked by that person. Yes, I'd tell them if they had toilet paper stuck to their skirt but if they didn't ask me what I thought about their skirt in general, I wouldn't offer my opinion.

    Ashley, you're right, I really should be more open to new things. Heaven knows I've been more open since finding style blogs at the beginning of the year but I've gotten pretty comfortable in my style and should really be open to broadening my horizons a little. :)

    Marilou - YAY I GOT IT!!! :) Posts will be forthcoming. :)

  12. Oh my gosh I thought I was the only one who still thought black & brown worn together was a fashion don't! Glad to see you agree! Haha!


  13. Thanks for sharing Sal's post... very good reading, made me rethink.

  14. I agree with you. If you can carry any look off with confidence and look good too it's a fashion do!

  15. I couldn't agree with you more, you said it perfectly. Fashion is not one size fits all and I think fashion "rules" and "guidelines" are generally BS...who says petite girls always have to try to look taller and curvier girls have to try to look slimmer. I hate that many "fashion" magazines preach these fixes for people with supposed "defects" - too short, too tall, too big, too small...

    And you mix prints and colors so well! You are a total natural.

  16. Thanks for your comment love - it's funny that I feel the same about xmas/NYE, I couldn't imagine it being a white christmas though! Goes to show you how big a part norms play in your perception.. although it always seemed odd as a child singing songs about a white christmas when we're having a bbq on xmas day lol x

  17. I completely agree with the last quote - wearing thing with confidence :D



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