Sunday, November 16, 2008

White After Labor Day? Why Not!?!

When people ask me about "rules" of fashion, I try and remind them that rules are made to be broken. The truth of great fashion is being able to make something work and making the improbable the next great trend. Be your own trendsetter, but remember that being outside of the box does not always equal fashion icon. Choose your battles carefully and remember that the greatest fashion compliment ever is to make something work that most people would not estimate goes together. That is the sign of true style genius.

White after Labor Day is not always a faux pas when done correctly. As Kate Beckinsale is stylishly showing, adding dark accent pieces is a good way to break up the overabundance of clean white that this look could have. The problem with white after Labor Day isn't the color, it is the summer feeling that it evokes. By adding edgier accessories in black, she is changing the whole tone of this flowy, white cocktail dress. One of the most important factors of wearing this angelic froc so late in the season is the weight and density of the fabric. Choosing a cotton blend adds for breathability which is associated with a hot summer day. November isn't known for its heat waves, but this silky material makes this dress winter appropriate.

Darken up your make-up with a smokey eye and you are ready for any winter wonderland. When anybody asks about your wonderful, white frock you can just tell them, "Now you see
I'm breaking all the rules, breakin' all the rules." I am sure Ozzy Ozbourne never thought he would be used in a fashion quote.... He does love the smokey eye make-up though....

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