"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." This iconic line from The Devil Wears Prada says it all. The fashion cliché has been running strong for years, decades even, but has been debunked by the fashion world at large. Florals are no longer just for spring, yet change shape and style as the seasons do. Although fashion used to be a lot stricter, modern culture has made it almost impossible to follow one style. Since the end of the 1950’s, the fashion guidebook has gone out the window and we are free to make it up as we go. Here are some other clichés that may still be haunting us, although in reality, they, no longer hold any weight in this fashion forward culture.
White After Labor Day
Similar to florals, white has been foolishly deemed as acceptable only during a certain part of the year. "I wear white... after Labor Day. I’m a rebel." Rory Gilmore (of Gilmore Girls) pleads with the maid in her grandmother’s house as she tries to pack up and store away her seasonal wardrobe. Now, I know I live in California, but it seems to me that besides some sweaters, gloves, and coats, seasonal dressing is a hoax! With the concepts of layering and strategic styling there’s no longer the need to banish your summer dresses to the back of the closet in winter months. Unless you’ve committed to a specific set of seasonal capsule wardrobes, it’s not necessary to limit yourself to the “proper” attire.
Dressing for Your Body Type
Fashion magazines for years have told women that there are three body types and three ways to dress. If you’re “apple shaped” you must highlight your waist in every outfit! If you’re short, don’t you dare don a maxi dress! If you have big boobs, hide those away! From odd fruit analogies to rules based on height, hair, skin color and more, we have been flooded with rules. Yes, it is important to understand that not every style will work for you; however, we are all different people. Just because I may have a slightly similar shape as someone else does not mean that we are destined to wear the same thing the rest of our lives. Dress for your body type and personality, not some made up one. Wear what makes you happy, confident, and comfortable. Forget the rest!
Mixing Gold and Silver
While I have to admit that this is the hardest for me to let go of, the truth is that mixing gold and silver is totally fine. It used to be taboo to not match every jewelry piece and accessory, but this is 2018 and there are no rules! It may seem odd at first, however it’s freeing when you realize that you can wear your favorite gold necklace with your beloved silver earrings. Mix gold and silver, mix black and brown, just continue to be careful of red and green. My favorite thing to do is go all in when mixing metals. Three silver rings with one gold, a gold bracelet, and some silver earrings. Who’s to say that isn’t the perfect way to accessorize an outfit?
Audrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog audstant.com and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!