Style rules fashioned by love

03/05/2011

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US February 2008 (photography: Craig McDean, styling:  Grace Coddington)

I am sure every girl has her own style rules she lives by. I have my list, too, because I like making lists for everything, being in control of my life and breaking every rule from time to time whenever I experience  a desperate need for a stylish and emotional escape beyond any common sensed boundary.

1. Never ever copy anyone. A beautiful outfit is always resulted from mindful thinking involving a person, situation and million other things and since we are all different, the only person who would pull off the outfit is the one who created it. Use your imagination, knowledge and life experience instead. It’s perfectly natural to be inspired by magazines and some stylish people out there – just don’t copy them… Instead, create a fantasy of your own. It’s also more fun this way.

2. Experiment with styles in your twenties. Make exciting discoveries, learn from your mistakes and have fun, so by the time you turn 30 you know exactly who you are and what works best for you.


via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US February 2008 (photography: Craig McDean, styling:  Grace Coddington)

2. Always sort our your basic wardrobe first. Unless you have a few pieces that would carry you through every single situation, there’s no point to go and spend all your cash on an evening gown just because it’s so pretty and sparkly and your inner Princess desires it badly. Tough, you must say to her.

3. Make sure you buy clothes that fit and alter those that don’t. Perfect fit is everything because it shows off your best assets and makes you feel comfortable. Fitted clothes also look more chic and expensive.

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US February 2008 (photography: Craig McDean, styling:  Grace Coddington)
4. Know what shapes suit you. Every woman is totally different and every one of us comes with curves from miniature forms to total glamour as was intended by nature and so do the clothes, as intended by styles and demands.

5. Learn what colours make you look your best. There’s absolutely no point to wear a little black dress if black washes you out. Break the rule, wear blue and you may just create a new trend.

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US February 2008 (photography: Craig McDean, styling:  Grace Coddington)
6. Every time you shop make sure that the new item completes the ones you already have and help you create several different looks. This is especially important if you are on a budget because an alienated piece of clothing will most likely require an alienated (and new) pair of shoes and a bag and… and… and…

7. Remember the cost per wear rule because sometimes it’s more cost effective to invest in a beautiful (slightly over budget) coat that you will be wearing more or less every day for several seasons, then a fancy frilly trench for a special event only. Often more expensive clothes are likely to be better quality (stitching, polyester free lining, natural fabrics) and last for a while whereas a less expensive something will look alright until the first wash – then you will be forced to go and purchase something else.

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US February 2008 (photography: Craig McDean, styling:  Grace Coddington)
8. Be open-minded. Treasures and surprises can be found in every single shop, especially these days when high street is getting better and better. Plus there are always sales including designer ones.

9. Mix designer items with high street basics to create a unique high-end looking outfit.

10. If you can’t pay cash for something you want to buy, then there’s no point in buying it. I am a strong believer that credit cards are created to be used only for on-line shopping and paid off at the end of each month.

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US February 2008 (photography: Craig McDean, styling:  Grace Coddington)
11. Just as the clothes, your footwear should suit your life style. Personally, I first got my classic pumps in tan colour (I have weirdly small feet (thanks to my mum and genetics) and don’t have the longest of legs, so tans and nudes help me lengthen my pins unlike blacks that cut off the vitally essential inches), followed by platform sandals, wedges and ballerinas for warmer weather and ankle and long boots for colder seasons, plus a pair of trainers (strictly for exercising), tennis shoes and combat boots for comfortable and enjoyable walks with my boy. The rest followed to indulge my inner stylista who loves her high heels, flowers and bows.

12. Only buy things that you love. You will always feel it somewhere in your stomach and head – that fuzzy happy feeling… When it comes to building your perfect wardrobe, “like” isn’t going to cut it.

Perfect style is always the result of a beautiful love affair between fashion and mind. At least that's how I feel about it. 

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US February 2008 (photography: Craig McDean, styling:  Grace Coddington)

21 comments:

  1. There's some sound advice wrapped up in your style rules. I won't get into my own rules now, but you know, I notice I base my style on pretty much of what you said. And how right you are about experimenting in your twenties. My style changed so many times in my early twenties, but now, in my late late twenties (where did time fly?) I can honestly say that I have found my personal style and I'm very confident about it. I'll just say one more thing: I always always pay the most attention to the shoes in an outfit. Have a beautiful day, darling! Again a post I've fully enjoyed. xoxo Ada

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  2. Another great post, what an amazing outfit! Love it! xx

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  3. I agree with everything you said--nude/tan pumps, investing in quality pieces, making sure everything is multi-purpose!! It was a good refresher in my mind because all I have been wanting to do is go shopping recently!

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  4. Great post, a handy set of rules to bare in mind :)

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  5. loving ur rules... but ur 12 th one is my first one...hehehe...everything else goes downhill from there

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  6. What a great post! Couldn't agree more- the perfect fit is key! I've become good friends with my tailor and she's a life saver!

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  7. My list of rules would be very similar. I agree with everything you posted. I wish more people would have such rules, especially the copycat syndrome (when will women realize style should be a reflection of your own self?) and not maxing out their credit cards. I also remember my 20s... oh wow, did I make some awful fashion choices, but like you said, it was about finding what suited me best.

    P.S. I did watch the Royal Wedding. Loved the dress! And I was pleasantly surprised by Pippa's look... she looked phenomenal.

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  8. great advice, I agree with everything! The only problem is that - but this is great advice - when I go to a store I forget about all these rules and I just buy what looks nice, what is from this season only (I bought the colourblock look in february, yellow trousers and an orange blazer, I have wore it ONCE) or what I am in the mood for that day. I should write this list down and look at it everytime I go into a store :D

    xxxx

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    ps your comment made my day, seriously! Thanks!

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  9. I absolutely loved your list! Good advices!

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  10. Great list!! If only everybody followed your rules...
    I would add vintage to the list... I tend to mix vintage and new a lot... :)

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  11. Some great advice. I think its very true that wonderfully stylish people base what they wear on who they are and what they like. Sure, they'll dabble in the trendy but the base is always what works for them.

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  12. Brilliant post and rules to live by - if one can!
    xxx

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  13. Great post! I love the rule about not buying something if you can't pay cash for it. It may be a great trench that fits you perfectly and that you'll wear everyday, but if you can't afford it, you can't afford it. No item of clothing is worth going into debt for.

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  14. Seriously excellent advice!!! I especially like the first one..... so much truth to it. You can't recreate a look..... so instead- make your own!

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  15. I think the first rule is truly fantastic. You can't recreate someone else's look- you have to invent your own!

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  16. Despite the fact that you have two number twos, I loved this post! I think I should write my own list...

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  17. Wow, this is such a great post and it's all solid advice. I especially love the style rule: only by things you live. It's something I'm trying to live by as of late. :-)

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  18. Nice rules. ABout experimenting, I think it's something that needs to be done now and then, thoroughly, no matter the age. Because in life we go through so many phases, jobs, experiences, changes, that inevitably our wardrobe will change. I do agree that with age you know what works much better than when you are 20, as it is all trial and error.

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  19. I used to be a terrible shopper, going out and buying everything 'in fashion' at that time, nevermind if it actually suited me or not, so I'd end up with wardrobe full of ill-fitting outfits that look hideous on me. Now I am much more careful about what I by and make sure I feel comfortable in a piece of clothing before I buy it. Great Post! xxx

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  20. This is a great list of rules you came up with. Thanks!

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