I’ve written about this before – that all style rules are just guidelines. Boundaries you can follow to give you some guidance.
But you can jump the fence. The fence isn’t so high that you can’t get over it, under it or around it!
There are personality styles that much prefer to stick with the rules (the Classic, Relaxed and Feminine) vs the rule breakers (Creative, Dramatic and Rebellious) will enjoy pushing their boundaries (or just plain leaping over them).
As a rule breaker myself, I like to know the rules. The rules help to give me some structure and an understanding of why something does or doesn’t work so well for me.
Knowing my rules then allows me to break them in a considered way, so I know the effect my breaking of rules will have. I can choose to do it consciously rather than discovering that what I’m wearing really doesn’t work (which is the kind of thing that used to happen to me when I’d look at photos at a later date and wonder what on earth made me think that I looked any good).
Whether or not you prefer options or procedures may also give you a clue to your love of rules too. Procedures people tend to prefer to stick with rules more frequently. They like the structure and strong boundaries to stick to.
Options people often like to push or bend the boundaries to give them more freedom (and options).
Learn all about your style rules. The things that really do and don’t work for you. If you want to learn all about what does and doesn’t work for you, plus how your personality influences what you enjoy wearing, then you can choose how to break your rules.
You can start off by downloading your free body shape bible after doing my body shape calculator quiz.
Break some rules. Just give it a try. See how you can push your boundaries. You may find you can push them a long way, or just a little.
Remember that style rules are just guidelines to give you a framework to develop your style not a set of unbreakable rules.
Read up about Options and Procedures so you can figure out which one you are
Forget the Style rules – from Economy of Style
How to make your own style rules from Fake Fabulous