There are two glaring problems when it comes to the kinds of fashion rules so many people blindly live their lives by. The first of these problems is the way in which living your life in accordance with the rules of fashion can and often will be cripplingly expensive. Fashion has after all never been cheap, so to insist on staying right on the cutting edge of whatever it is that’s current is to choose a lifestyle that comes with a rather hefty price tag.
As for the second of the two problems, how about the fact that so many of the ‘rules’ of fashion followed by so many are in fact both wrong and counter productive? Think of it this way – cutting-edge fashion has always been about innovation, forward-thinking and of course…breaking the rules. As such, it’s frankly bizarre and wholly nonsensical for there in essence to be any rules of fashion whatsoever when fashion is in its very own right something that depends upon the breaking of rules.
Suffice to say, this is the kind of ball you can seriously run with if you choose to do so as just as soon as you free yourself from a world of restraints, you’d be amazed how much more enjoyable fashion in general becomes. Not only this, but to ignore the rules of fashion…at least most of them…is to discover that fashion doesn’t necessarily have to be cripplingly expensive at all.
Here’s a quick rundown of five long-standing fashion rules you’ll benefit from greatly by breaking:
1 – Designer = Quality
First and foremost, never under any circumstances fall into the trap of assuming that designer labels inherently have anything to do with quality. If you thought that just because those black playsuits carry the name of a famous designer, this means they aren’t thrown together for the cheapest possible price in dank factories way out East, think again. There will of course always be exceptions to the rule on both sides of the fence, but to instinctively assume that all designer garments will always be of considerably higher quality than un-branded garments is to end up needlessly overspending on potentially low-grade goods.
2 – You Need Four Seasonal Collections
Each and every year, the collections of the spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons to a fairly sizable extent blur into one another. It is almost unheard of for one season to give way to another season which is a spectacularly different in every way and shifts current fashion focus comprehensively. As such, there is often very little reason to follow the rule of building and maintaining four separate seasonal collections as you’ll usually find that with a little creativity, a single savvy wardrobe will do you just fine throughout the spring, summer and autumn.
3 – Accessories Must Coordinate
The rule that says all accessories must be coordinated both with each other and the outfit in question is one that should have been ousted a long time ago. It basically falls into the same category as the rule which dictates which colours go together, which patterns can and cannot be one together and so on and so forth. A simple fact of the matter is that when it comes to coordination of anything from prints to patterns to textures to accessories, what matters above and beyond anything else is creating a unique but personal to you look. What does and doesn’t go together will always be a matter of personal opinion and represents exactly the kind of rule which must be broken for fashion to move forward.
4 – Shopping Online is Too Risky
While there’s no getting away from the fact that not being able to try garments on before buying them could be interpreted as a problem, shopping online can be made 100% risk-free with just a little common sense proactivity. Simply by knowing your size, knowing what the brand’s take on a size 12 really is and ensuring there is a fair returns policy in place, there’s absolutely no harm whatsoever in exploring the enormous benefits of online clothes shopping.
5 – Replacing Is Cheaper Than Repairing
Last but not least, chances are if you’re honest, you will admit to having thrown away plenty of garments having concluded that it would most likely cost even more to have them repaired. But at the same time, ask yourself when exactly you last made any inquiry whatsoever with a tailor. In most instances the answer is never, which is precisely why rather than diving headfirst into brand new purchases each and every time one of your garments gets damaged, you might want to think about at least speaking to a tailor beforehand as you could stand to make enormous savings.