My Personal Style Rules

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked the question “what’s your style?” and I garbled something back that a little while later I thought “that’s not my style!!?”.

It made me realise that I don’t give much thought to what is actually “My Style”.

In this month’s Glamour magazine, Jo Elvin’s Editor’s letter is simply that, trying to explain what her style is….just like her I don’t have one particular style.  I’m sure my friends would perhaps box me into one style or another; but I do get bored quickly and if I see something else that I like then I can randomly take off in another direction.  But there are a few things that regardless of what’s in fashion or on my radar I generally stick to, so here are my personal style rules that I live by:

Make sure it fits
I don’t care what size the garment is, it has to fit right.  Not too big and definetly not too tight.  If a larger size upsets you, just as long as you know you are going to keep the garment and not return in – cut the size label out!

If you like it, buy more of them
This can apply to a whole host of things.  If I love a fit of a t-shirt, then I’m likely to buy it in several colours.  Or I will buy exactly the same thing again – I’ve done this recently with a pair of plain black stilettos; I’m on my second pair and currently considering buying a third to keep in the cupboard for when the heels are worn out.

Jacket, shoes and handbags
For the most part, this is what we look at most when we look at other women.  So I like to make sure my jackets, shoes and handbags are a little bit different; a statement piece – not necessary all three at the same time, but at least one of them.  It’s always a conversation starter!

Dare to be different
We are all living to a budget and therefore we tend to shop in the same shops as our friends.  This runs a high risk of duplication!  Every now and then I shop somewhere completely new; a small boutique, a vintage market or a concession in department store that I’ve have never heard the name of – it’s great to own a few things that you know no one else may have.

Dress up or dress down?
For the most part, I don’t care what the dress code is – I dress in what I want to wear; so if that means a LBD to the cinema or if I want to wear my evening faux fur with jeans to Hampton Court then so be it! (I’ve done both of these).  I love dressing up and enjoy the time it takes, but other times I just need to be on the go and my clothes need to be too!

Family Jewellery
It’s not until my mid-thirties that I’ve started to appreciate old jewellery.  Now those old family heirlooms are a little more interesting to me now.  I love wearing a brooch with a jacket or an old family ring that has history.  They need to be treasured but they also need to be worn and not kept in the cupboard!

A staple garment for me – I will not go anywhere without a pair.  Once you find a style you love… more of them!

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