At some point in
our lives, we start wondering if we ought to start dressing our age.
It’s a feeling that strikes us out of the blue; suddenly, it seems as though our
wardrobe seems inadequate.
Do you ever doubt your fashion choices? Does the expression “be yourself” in relation
to what you wear seem a tad unrealistic? Should we dress the way everybody expects
Of course there are valid reasons for dressing sensibly: some wish to be taken more
seriously, some don’t wish to stick out like a sore thumb, and others would rather
dress as young as they feel and not how old they actually are.
The truth is, there is no ‘proper’ way to dress. Forcing yourself to fit into the
confines of other people’s expectations is not the way to live. Why try so hard
to please everybody else but yourself?
Ultimately, being comfortable – physically and mentally – with what you wear ought
to be what dictates your fashion choices. After all, if you don’t have the confidence
to pull off your outfit, no matter how ‘proper,’ it’s going to look bad.
But does that mean you hit the town looking like a Christmas tree if your spirit
animal is Lady Gaga? Of course not! Balance is key – while you don’t want to conform
to a restrictive point of view, fashionably speaking, you don’t want to be overly
adventurous as well!
Dress Me Up!
Here are the three styles that many people are afraid of exploring out of a misguided
sense of propriety.
Crazy for Colours
We often hear about skin tone and compatible colours, but you’ll only know what
colours suit you if you try them out. Don’t be afraid of clashing colours, either,
as it’s a popular trend now. On a casual day out, mix your pinks with your blues
or even oranges – although you should steer clear of brown-blue and red-green combinations.
Have a meeting coming up? Instead of a drab black blazer, swap it for a powder blue
Prints are pleasing, like a burst of fresh air. If you’re feeling adventurous, try
mashing up two prints that clash, such as a polka-dotted cardigan with a striped
t-shirt underneath. If you’d rather not risk it, the golden rule of thumb is to
have only one item on you that has prints. Prints work well on accent pieces such
as pocket squares and bowties.
More than Accessories
Add polish to your get-up; sometimes, they make the difference between simple and
sublime. Your little black dress or plain black shirt can be transformed with the
right necklace or bracelet. But that isn’t licence for you to pile on the trinkets!
Again, balance is what’s required here: feel free to layer your necklaces, but take
note not to end up looking like an accessory rack.
This article was first published on DUET magazine.