Here at The Style Edit we don’t think believe in ‘style rules’ as such. Yes, we can appreciate trends and use them as a basis for building out our wardrobes from season to season but fashion is so much more than that.
When you scroll through Instagram or spend hours exploring street style images on Pinterest is there any rhyme or reason to the outfits and colour palettes that catch your eye?
For us it’s about the mood and the moment. Maybe you’re feeling powerful and ambitious so want to channel that through sleek lines and tailoring. Maybe you’re a little more guarded so turn to tough leathers as an armour. When you’re content and liberated it could be all about chiffon and floral maxi dresses.
Trends come and go but personal style is so important. For me and I know for many others, fashion, how we wear our clothes and an emphasis on why we wear certain clothes, comes down to so much more than fabric or likes on social media. It’s such an intensely personal issue, one that allows us to express ourselves creatively in however way we see fit. It’s permission to be ourselves. To be confident. To experiment.
Bearing all of the above in mind, these ‘style rules’ for 2019 are intended as a light-hearted guidance to making fashion entirely your own in the year ahead.
First things first, think about what fashion means to you. Not what what Instagram tells you it should mean. Not what Vogue tells you it should mean. Not even what we tell you what it means. We’ll all be there with plenty of support and inspiration when you’ve figured it out what element of fashion makes you feel at your best.
Learn to laugh at those fashion faux-pas moments. We’re all as embarrassed as each other.
Acknowledge, get to know, appreciate and most importantly, love your body. It does pretty amazing things just keeping you alive each day.
Look around you. Stay curious. Creativity stems from so much more than the runway.
If leggings worn as trousers is your thing, by all means, go for it but, a word from the wise, make sure they’re not see-through before leaving the house.
Try a trend that truly terrifies you. There’s a reason why you’ve reacted so strongly to a particular trend. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
Acknowledge the role the industry plays in damaging the environment. Start with the little things in shopping more sustainably and make them a habit. It’s a human issue too. Don’t ignore the bad reputation certain brands have in terms of how they treat employees and those who make the clothes you wear.
Pay it forward. Donate clothing as often as you can whether that’s to friends you think would look great in them, a charity shop or giving an old coat to someone living on the street during the brutality of winter (provided the coat is in good condition).
Every time you feel yourself getting caught up in the consumerism and impulse shopping of the high street, ask yourself how wearing the item will really make you feel. If it’s positive, purchase it guilt-free but you’ll know in your gut if it’s worth it or not.
Following on from the above, when buying something new ask yourself which three items in your existing wardrobe you could wear it with? If you can’t think of any, put it back.
If you’re stuck in a styling rut, ask for help. Personal shoppers are a wonderful service that more people should invest in. Some will even help to clear your wardrobe out beforehand.
Forget the latest designer collaboration if it’s not your style. Don’t buy things because everyone else is. Buy things because you really love them and you’ll wear them more than once.
On the other hand, if there’s a particular designer you really love, don’t be ashamed to buy that quirky item you’ve had your eye on, the one everyone else turned their nose up at. Wear it with pride.
As a wise woman once said, life is short. Buy the shoes.
That vintage designer item that made your heart stop? Treasure it forever.
You don’t have to be bold with your style to be considered fashion forward. Fashion appreciates a chic minimalist look as much as a daring, maximalist one.
Never underestimate the power of a good tailor and when you find the right one, know you’ve made a friend for life. Watch as they totally transform an ill-fitted blazer into the ultimate power suit.
Originality always trumps trend. Embrace every last bit of your personal style with pride.