Clothing is a form of communication, clothing is a statement
There is a theory that no matter what you do in life, you are always communicating something. Body language experts have built entire careers on this theory – as have stylists. They believe (rightfully) that your outfit is not simply a thing with a certain aesthetic appeal; it’s a form of self-expression. Your clothing says something to those around you, whether you intend for it to or not, so it’s best to approach dressing with some form of intention.
In the same way that your clothing can communicate some of your ideas to those around you, clothes also serve as responses to social situations. There’s a reason you want to dress a certain way for the office, and a certain way when you’re going to a dinner party, and rarely are they the same – because clothing should be used as a method by which you show up to a social event or location and say, “I’m present and ready for whatever is coming my way.”
So what are the 8 simple fashion rules every woman should follow?
- Fit Is Key
One of the most important fashion rules of them all. You could have the trendiest, most expensive outfit in the world—but if it doesn’t fit you properly, you’ll never reach the full style impact you’re looking for. Consider your figure when choosing your clothing to ensure that you’re starting off with a flattering fit to begin with, then double-check the fit of the clothing to see if it may require tailoring to help it reach its full style potential!
- Invest In Trousers
Whether you prefer the tailored effect of investing in a pair of trousers or simply want a pair of these-will-last-forever trousers, wardrobe staples such as a chic pair of trousers are definitely worth investing in. While not a fashion rule per se, adding trousers to your wardrobe is a great piece of style advice that we wholeheartedly recommend. Whereas a less expensive, on-trend pair is fine to grab every now and then, you really need quality fabric in your closet to last you from year to year, so make sure you browse our luxury ladies trousers for some fantastic, long-lasting and stylish options.
- ½ & ½
Even though it’s true that dressing should be an expression of your self, it’s ill-advised to completely ignore the setting you’re going to be in! Therefore, one of the best fashion rules we can give you is that you should be aiming to dress half for yourself, and half for your occasion. It’s wise to consider both the outfit you’d like to wear to appease your own fashion sense and the unique style rules of the occasion when you’re getting dressed.
- Know When to Try Trends
Here at Crofton & Hall, we would certainly never discourage you from trying out as many fashion trends as your heart desires, but there are right and wrong places to do so – every occasion has its own fashion rules! If you’re attending a relative’s wedding, for example, it might not be the best time to bust out those Birkenstocks. Save the style experimentation for a setting that doesn’t have quite so many rigid dress codes to adhere to.
- It’s All In the Detail
A great fashion rule to follow is to always have a few chic accessories to hand. Something as simple as looping your belt a certain way or tucking your shirt in can have a huge impact on your style. Not everything is about making giant overhauls to your closet; the cuff of a shirt sleeve or the roll of a pant hem can totally transform you in an instant. One of our style icons, the Duchess of Cambridge, is brilliant at this!
- A Signature Style Piece
Above all here at Crofton & Hall we believe that no matter what else is true of your personal style, it’s very important to have a signature. Whether it’s a gold bangle you always wear or the fact that you always choose boyfriend jeans over skinnies, figure out what one thing defines your own personal style, and stick with it—until you want to change it, of course! Our ladies heritage womenswear collection at Crofton & Hall is sure to offer you plenty of signature styling options.