I keep hearing that there aren’t any “rules” when it comes to fashion by various writers. So it piqued my interest when I received an e-mail from InStyle Magazine, sharing the “New Style Rules” for fall.
After reading their “Rules”, I decided to review them here on Fashion Sensei with my own viewpoints. I welcome your comments and impressions on my opinion and InStyle’s.
Let Your Roots Show
InStyle encourages us to leave about one inch of our natural color, but with this caveat, they must be within a few shade of the dyed hue. So no sporting black roots with blond hair. That just looks a little too trashy. Follow gal pals and trend setters, Madge and Gwyneth Paltrow instead.
Stay in Sandals
As with last year, it is still acceptable to wear open toe shoes and even sandals with opaque tights.
I agree with this with one monition. If you live in a warmer climate in the winter months, you can sport this look all season long. However, if you live in a cooler climate like Michigan, tuck away those sandals and open toe darlings until the thaw sets in.
There is nothing sillier than salt stains on the tips of your tights. This may be common sense for some, but inevitably I see some young fashionista making the aforementioned faux pas.
Grow Out Your Hair At 40
I advised this suggestion in Fashion Lesson #16 Forty and Fabulous. I do not see any reason why a woman who takes good care of herself should limit herself to short tresses. I will reiterate that if you have long hair at this age, keep your cut and color maintained and try to avoid the “frosted” or over highlighted look as you start to gray. Your stylist can assist you in maintaining a natural look.
One other tip, bring in a picture of yourself as a child to illustrate your natural color. It may have been decades since you have seen your original foundation, and a youthful picture can help in reduce the signs of aging.
Ok, first lets look at InStyle’s poster girl Sara Jessica Parker. If you have arms like SJP, then I say go for it. But if you tend to have overly skinny, jiggly or heavy arms, ignore this style rule. You can modify this rule with short sleeves that flatter your individual physique.
Don’t Match Your Stocking To Your Shoes
I consider this to be quite a precarious rule and to be followed with extreme caution. It is very easy to look like a mismatched clown.
I highly advise that the multi-colored look be left to ladies under 25. Also, skip the crazy blue raccoon eyes. Enjoy Fall’s gem tones in moderation.
Pick A Print That Makes You Look Slimmer
I love this tip! With all the patterned blouses and dresses to choose from, this is an easy rule to follow. Look for patterns that enhance your figure such as contrasting panels or prints that slim your waist and ruffles that add proportion.
Let Your Brows Grow Natural
Gone are the days when overly arched, drawn in eyebrows are acceptable. When going for this look, be sure to only allow enough growth that your features can handle.
Consider Brooke Shields, she is a tall woman with very strong features. She has a face that can handle such dominant brows.
Conversely, if you are petite and have fine features, work with your anesthetist to see how full of a brow your face can manage without looking too masculine.
This doesn’t mean that you should just let them grow wild. Be sure to keep your brows neat and shaped if you are doing this on your own.
Swap Your Skinny Jeans For Pleated Trousers
This look has been captured in countless shots by the Sartorialist this past fall. It also dominated the runway this past winter during fall Fashion Week.
Here, you see Naomi Campbell donning the cropped pleated trousers. InStyle claims that these pants have a lower waist, but I’m not seeing it.
These pants are meant for skinny girls only. Anything over size 4 or 6, may want to reconsider. They are just not flattering for the masses.
Wear Horizontal Stripes On Top
When I see Mariah Carey as the poster girl for any trend, I run away screaming. Come on, look at this picture of her! She’s not even wearing pants.
On the positive side, if you are a slim curvy girl, you can get away with this look. Just please lower the hem of your dress or put on some pants.
To see more InStyle Rules click here for the full list. Be sure to come back and weigh in on their advice!