15 Rules of Fashion: Everything You Need to Know

15 Rules of Fashion_ Everything You Need to Know

Would you like to be the one who your friends secretly envy for always being the best dressed? Do you want to be high fashion and just as stylish as your favorite celebrity? Here are 15 high fashion rules that you don’t want to break and habits worth keeping. Stick to these to always be that “It” girl.

1. Always Remember the 3 Cs

High fashion is not just your clothes. No matter what you are wearing, you can never pull it off if you skimp on one of the three Cs.


To be different, daring, and considered as high fashion requires confidence. You need to believe in yourself and feel right about the statement that you want to make. Remember that there are always going to be haters, and it is best to ignore them. Focus on the compliments instead. Smile and walk tall. Be you and be proud. Have enough confidence to make a fashion faux pas look like an intentional statement. 

TIP: Compliment strangers. If you like her pretty shoes or her bold jacket, tell her. Maybe she will tell you where she got it. You never know when a flattering remark from someone you don’t know will make your day. So be that person for someone else to keep the good karma flowing. 


We can address this in two ways. Make sure that your clothes are physically comfortable. You don’t want to be continuously adjusting your outfit because they don’t sit right. 

Secondly, you need to feel comfortable with what you are wearing. If you think that dress is too short to wear to the work function, it most probably is no matter what your bestie may say. 

TIPS: Consider what your plans are for the day and where you are going. Plan your outfit accordingly.

Every fashionista knows when to wear flats and when to wear heels. Opt for flats if you know you are going to do a lot of walking. Don’t wear your brand new stilettos even if you are eager to show them off. You don’t want to be drawing attention because of hobbling down the street with blisters. You want people to notice you because you look amazing.


Make it a habit to check the weather regularly. A heavy white blouse can result in embarrassing sweat stains in warm weather. Same as when it is too cold. Any discomfort caused by weather can ruin your mood, and people will see that. People will wonder why you are wearing such a flimsy dress on a cold evening. They will pity you rather than admiring your style.

TIP: Use your jacket as an accessory. Wear it differently than normal. Drape it around your shoulders or tie it around your waist for a more casual look. If it gets cooler later, you are prepared.

Try layering. As it gets warmer, you can easily shed the layers progressively. 

2. Think Out of the Box

Don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary. Mix and match colours, textures, and prints to make your look individual and unique. Be creative and innovative. Wear your tube top as a skirt or layer a dress over a long skirt.

TIP: Extend this further by matching something formal with something casual. Consider pieces you would not normally pair. Think sweatpants with a tailored blazer and heels. Or a sophisticated blouse and a formal suit with sneakers.

Follow Jessica Alba, Annabelle Fleur, or Elie Saab and wear an ultra-feminine frock with a biker jacket for that extra edge. Even open-toed shoes and socks can make a cool statement. 

3. Drop the Snob

When you go shopping for clothes, don’t be a snob. Try as many stores as possible and not just the boutiques or high-end stores. 

Unfortunately, not all of us have the bank account of the Kardashians. Visit your local chain stores such as Debenhams or New Look for more affordable options. High fashion does not have to cost an arm and a leg.

TIP: Poke around the fancy stores even if you know you won’t be buying anything. Act with confidence and like belong. Note items that you like so that you can look around for similar items elsewhere. Retailers also follow trends. They will definitely provide alternatives for a fraction of the price of designer boutiques. Every store has potential, so don’t limit yourself.

4. Brand Names Don’t Buy Style

This goes hand in hand with rule number 3. on our list. Wearing a brand head-to-toe will not instantly give you style. It may just make you look like an advertisement board for Nike. Money cannot, in this case, buy you everything. A top fashionista will look good in a combined ensemble that she bought at the thrift shop and a chain store. It’s all about attitude. She doesn’t need to wear the latest Yves Saint Laurent or Gucci creations to be high fashion.  

5. If You Really Love It Buy It!

See something that you just went gaga about? Buy it now if you can. Even if it something you may not have anywhere to where to. Yet. Next month you get invited to an awesome cocktail party. You have that this amazing dress in your wardrobe ready to wear, just waiting for this occasion. The worst feeling is when you walk away, come back later, and it is gone. The regret can linger way too long.

TIPS: This item is so you, and it is the last one on the rack, but it is not size. If it a size or two bigger, buy it. A tailor can alter it for you to fit. Sometimes cinching with a belt, a half-tuck, or rolling sleeves can also work depending on the item. These can also help you achieve a casual coolness.

This is important to know…

When shopping, don’t fret over different sizes. Varying sizes are common, depending on where the garment was made. Sometimes what you think maybe too small or too big is actually the perfect fit. Make sure you try on items in-store, or if you are in a hurry, find out about return policies in case you need to take it back.

6. Know Yourself

It is important that you know your body shape and takes this into account. An ill-fitting item will immediately cancel any high fashion attempts you are making. A larger size can be made smaller, but, unfortunately, this is not the case vice versa. Get rid of garments that you know will not fit and trade them with your friends. They may just have something perfect for you, which doesn’t fit them either anymore.

It is also important to consider your personality and your own style. You need to be able to own your look. Wearing something you know is not, you are not a good idea even if it is the latest trend. It will just make you feel uncomfortable and lower your confidence. Rather give that trend a skip. In a few months, it would have passed and be replaced by a dozen more. 

For example, you don’t need to wear bright colours if you are a more down-to-earth type of girl. A high fashion look can still be achieved by wearing nude, neutral, or earthy tones. It all depends on how you put your outfit together and your attitude.  

TIP: Dress for yourself and not others. Wear what you like, and you are already on the road to high fashion success. If you try too hard and it appears fake, people will definitely notice. Cool should be effortless and natural.

7. Selective Trending

It is a good idea to be conscious of current trends, but that does not mean that you need to follow each one of them. Be selective in this regard. It is always good to try something new but don’t become a slave to fashion. Some trends are not really that cool anyway. Also, what would be the point if everyone dressed the same anyway? You wouldn’t be unique or high fashion, but just another carbon copy of all the other girls out there.

TIP: Remember, what may be overwhelmingly popular now will not necessarily still be considered. In a few months, it would have it is forgotten. You really don’t need to adhere to every single one of them.

8. Trendsetting

Instead of following trends, you should actually be setting them. If you see someone you know copying your style, don’t get upset. That girl in your class is actually flattering you by trying to duplicate your look. Being a copycat is the highest form of flattery. This means you have become the trendsetter! That is a sure sign that you are high fashion in her eyes.

9. Be Inspired

Great ideas can be gleaned from fashion magazines, blogs, newsletters, social feeds, and street fashion. If you see an outfit you like, don’t duplicate it exactly. Take only certain pieces and add others to build your own unique, high fashion style.

TIP: Don’t only look to the catwalks, store mannequins, the celebs, or other people for fashion inspiration. Look at nature, buildings, art, music, and anything else you can adapt for personal self-expression.

10. Wardrobe Staples

Every wardrobe needs to have several core items. These are garments that you can wear with just about anything. Think jeans, slacks, a fitted jacket, the classic little black dress, a white button-up shirt, and tank tops. 

TIPS: It is recommendable to invest in good quality garments for such core items. Even if some of these are the most expensive item in your wardrobe, any core item must be versatile enough to dress up or down. For example, a great pair of jeans can go a long way. Pair these with different blouses, jackets and T-shirts s to create a different look each time. You can even wear dresses or skirts over them if you want a 90’s grunge vibe.

Rule of thumb: Any good outfit should have at least one expensive, high-quality item. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a garment but could even be accessories such as a belt, bag, or earrings. 

11. Statement Pieces

To make sure you stand out from the crowd and draw attention, wear an item that has a high impact. It needs to make a bold statement. This can be a garment made of an interesting patterned fabric, a unique texture, or a bright colour. It can also be an accessory that is unique and eye-catching.

TIPS: Pop into the thrift shop to find that one of a kind item that you won’t find anywhere else. Vintage is always a style winner: Raid Grandma’s jewellery box and closet (with her permission, of course). Check out the costume shop, even if it is not Halloween. You will find different and interesting earrings, tights, and accessories. These can be the perfect signature piece of your outfit. Find other treasures at craft markets or event stalls, so make sure you always browse around.

If you are bold enough, your signature statement piece could even be your hair. Follow the ever-growing trend of unusual, non-traditional, and vibrant hair colours. Can’t commit to one colour? Go rainbow. Use extensions or hair chalk if you don’t want to colour your own hair. 

Another popular way in which to create a striking or diverse look is with your makeup. This is also an easier alternative to introduce whichever colour is this season’s “new black” into your outfit. No wardrobe overhaul is required. Follow colour trends with bold eyeliners, popping eyeshadows, vibrant nails, and funky accessories. 

12. Time Management

This is an excellent habit andit should be one that you use implement daily. Ever wonder how that chic girl at work looks so polished and groomed every single day? It is because she manages her time well and prepares to achieve that desired look.

Although it may be tempting to push that snooze button two or three times in the morning, DON’T DO IT! The last-minute rush will result in a disheveled look. Although sometimes we may want to look a little more casual, such as a messy hairstyle, it is neither cool nor high fashion if it was not intentional. Make sure that when you get ready that you allow yourself enough time. A few extra minutes could be when you add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.

TIP: Plan your outfit the day before. Make sure that all items are clean, ironed or pressed and ready-to-wear. That will help you a lot in avoiding a frantic panic in the morning.

13. Fashionably Late

The previous rule states that you must make sure you have enough time to get ready. Stick to that, but it is not a bad idea to be a few minutes late to a big event. The reason for this is that everyone will be there already and notice when you enter. It’s a sure-fire way to draw attention to how smashing you look. This is a tricky one, though. You definitely don’t want to make this a habit. This is an exception and should only be for exceptional occasions and only once in a while. Additionally, more than 5 to 10 minutes late may be misconstrued as rude by your hosts. Use with extreme caution!

13. Care for Your Clothes

Another good habit that you should make part of your daily routine is caring for your clothes. Hang up or fold your clothes after you undress if they are still good to go for another wear. Excessive washing can actually affect your garment. Fabrics can become damaged, and colours can fade. It is actually better to wash your clothes only when necessary.

TIPS: Spill your drink on your blouse? Treat the stain as soon as possible. Check for marks or stains when you get home so that it doesn’t set. Nobody likes the unpleasant surprise of planning an outfit, only to find a stain that you didn’t see before.

Don’t lounge around the house in your good pieces. Save those for special occasions. No matter how much you like, that garment rather wears more comfortable clothes at home. If you are planning to go out later, manage your time so that you avoid hanging around the house. This could result in your outfit becoming crumpled. Rather change and get dressed again if you have too much time to pass.

14. Under Cover / Underwear Flair

You may think that your underwear doesn’t matter because no one sees it. This is not the case. Wearing beautiful underwear can boost your self-esteem and confidence. This is another example of dressing for yourself. Also, remember, though, that your underwear is the foundation of your outfit. It can affect important factors like your silhouette.

Choose the correct undergarments according to what you are playing to wear. If you are wearing a strapless or off the shoulder top, choose the correct bra. Unless you are going for that kind of look and wearing a contrasting colour, it is better not to have bra straps showing. An ideal buy would be the extremely versatile WonderBra Multiplunge. The straps are adjustable and can be changed or removed to work under any style garment you plan to wear.

TIPS: Don’t wear granny-style panties under your slim, fitted pants or dress. This will create unsightly lines across your butt cheeks that are visible through your clothes. Choose underwear that will rather accentuate a smooth and streamlined look. Many shaping options are available. This will make your outfit sit all the more attractive. Spanx (http://www.spanx.com/) offers high-quality shaping underwear for whatever you may need. Every lady should invest in some good undergarments.  

If you are wearing a sheer garment, opt for underwear in neutral colours so that they don’t shine through.

14 Emergency Fashion Kit

We all know life happens while you are busy making other plans. Keep an emergency fashion kit in your bag for when wardrobe mishaps occur. Keep a lint roller and wet wipes to keep your outfit clean. Doubled sided tape is also great for snagged hems or a spilt. Plasters are a staple for blisters. The best is to keep a small sewing kit in your bag too.

TIP: Your hem has just come loose at the office, and your presentation is up in 10. Use a stapler to secure the hem in place. Do this from the inside to avoid the staple from being seen too easily. This is only a quick fix in a real emergency as your garment could become damaged from the staple. Remove carefully when you get home. 

15. More is Less

When it comes to accessories, this is very true. Learn to pick the right pieces to compliment your outfit. Too much can ruin your whole look. The cut and style of your garment will also determine which pieces may be the perfect final touch. 

TIP: Draw attention to a low neckline with an elaborate pendant or a striking pair of earrings, as seen by Robert Cavalli. Additionally, the perfect accessory can double-up as your statement piece.

If you are wearing an outfit of one colour in different shades, wear a scarf, belt, or a handbag in a contrasting colour to finish off your outfit.

Remember, the best accessory that you have in your smile. Use it!

Stick to the rules and keep up these good habits. You will become the “It” girl with the high fashion sense that you know you are destined to be. 

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