Stacy London is the ultimate wit-driven fashionista and style expert that we all know and love from TLC’s What Not To Wear. I personally adore her and I savor every piece of fashion advice that she gives, but once in a great while I think even the experts can have their moments. Three of her genius style rules are as follows:
- Work with the body you have.
- Don’t wait until the day of the event to find the outfit
- Don’t be afraid to make a mistake- there is no failing in fashion
I think the first rule is something that everyone needs to pay more attention to. WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. Not everyone is a size 2 and not everyone needs to be a size 2. Although it works for many people and it sounds absolutely ideal, it doesn’t define beauty, it shouldn’t have control over your confidence, and it definitely doesn’t make you any more fashionable than the size 12 walking by you. Style is knowing who you are and what works with your body and with your personality, what you feel comfortable in, and what you can embrace as your own look that works best for you. I recall making a remark in a past post about how you should always buy based on what fits according to the eye’s opinion, not according to the nausea you may experience when purchasing something that has an “L” on the label as opposed to an “M”. As long as it’s flattering, it fits well, and it hides and embellishes in all the right places, then it’s going to work well for YOU.
Now as anyone may tell you, never wait until the day of any event to find, complete, or buy whatever vital component it is that you’re going to need for said event. This ESPECIALLY holds true when needing a special outfit for a special event. Don’t ever, ever, ever wait until the last minute! Something may not fit the way you intended it to and you may need alteration time, which can take awhile. Also, you may decide to change accessories, add or deduct something, or whatever the case may be. A last minute get-up can sometimes bring about success, but don’t always count on it. Procrastination and fashion are not the best of friends, remember that.
As much as I love Stacy, I don’t know that I can agree on her third rule, though. I do agree that you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes because
they teach you a thing or two for next time around. However, I don’t agree with the latter of that statement in which she says that “there is no failing in fashion.” I do think you can fail in fashion if you don’t put together a complete look or a shirt or the shoes that you choose completely lack style or are “off the wall”, if you will. Hence the term fashion victim and exhibit right.
Either way, Stacy is a style god and someone who I can highly respect in the world of fashion.