Wardrobe “Rules”

 Short Skirt Over 30

I really hate rules. SO MUCH. I feel like I should be able to think for myself and act appropriately, and find that rules stifle my creativity! So whenever I hear “no miniskirts over 30” it makes me cringe. Usually it’s someone much younger or much older than 30 saying the rule, and usually they don’t think about it, it’s just something they heard, and repeat as truth. But I am here to tell you that it doesn’t matter what your age is when it comes to dressing. It’s much more important to think about your body, your personality, and your lifestyle. Say you’re my client. If you are a preschool teacher, I wouldn’t recommend you wear this dress to work, no matter what your age. If you are 11 feet tall, I probably wouldn’t suggest wearing this dress, because it would come up to your bellybutton. If you are super shy, but I think this dress might appeal to you and give you a boost of confidence, I would maybe select it in a less bright color, and help you ease into it slowly.

Most of my clients have pretty solid rules in their heads about things they can or can’t pull off. I like to try to break women free of some of those rules and encourage my clients to try things they normally wouldn’t. There’s nothing more satisfying than opening up a world of possiblities to a woman who thought “I never thought I could wear an above-the-knee skirt!” or “I never had anything with such a bright color!” or, best of all, “I never thought I could look so good like that!” Sometimes you have a rule in your head and you don’t even know how or why it’s in there, but if it’s holding you back from looking amazing in something I am probably gonna challenge it.

So here I am in my rule-breaking short-skirt-over-30 outfit and I don’t care. I’m not going to a funeral, a wedding, or to a job at a group home for teenaged boys, so why shouldn’t I wear a bright red short skirt? Plus it’s 8000 degrees out and a little extra skin showing is the only way to go. Spider veins and all.

What are your “rules?” Which ones do you break?

 Short Skirt Over 30

 Short Skirt Over 30

Dress: F21, Belt: Fossil, Shoes: Corso Como (Stella Says Go), Earrings: Kendra Scott

 Short Skirt Over 30

August 23, 2011

11 Responses to Wardrobe “Rules”

  1. Jennifer K. says:

    Break those rules! You look awesome.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. Another “rule” you’re breaking – wearing red as a redhead. And how great do you look!

  3. Tanvi says:

    I love you for breaking rules. I HATEEE them too!!!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

  4. Hilah says:

    I love mixing patterns and I can not deny it!!!

  5. Peach says:

    ugghhh, these rules.
    in two years i will breaking this same rule (hopefully looking as good as you do!)
    in 20 years, i plan to break the “no long hair after 50” rule

  6. carrie says:

    love that dress, laurel. you look GREAT!

  7. Chelsea says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this post, Laurel! I feel like most fashion rules only inhibit a person’s personality to further screw with their peace of mind. So please, by all means, keep breaking the rules!

  8. I did happen to see the one lady that shouldn’t have been wearing a mini skirt, under any circumstances. She may have been about 45 but she had faked and baked for so many years, her legs were like skinny tan twigs with saggy skin. Not attractive. Made me remember why sun damage is so bad for you. But you, mi-lady, look fabulous!! I really dig the color and print on that dress. And your gams are smokin’ too:)

  9. Jamie Rose says:

    I think you look great and you definitely aren’t too old for a shorter skirt! I agree that it depends on the person and their situation. I like the break the no mixing brown and black rule and the no white after labor day rule. And I break some rules about short people too, I’m sure. Oh well!

  10. Senta says:

    On fashion rules I give a damn. Even my mother’s wearing mini skirts (she’s 56) and it looks wonderful on her because she has thin legs. So I haven’t made any fashion rule for myself yet. I’m not the rules type in general. Is there any “no pink stuff with red hair”-rule? If so, I’ve broken this one last Friday.

    Btw., you look awesome in your outfit! Great legs have to be shown to the world 😉

  11. Lyddiegal says:

    I’m with you on the rule breaking – dress your best, no matter what, you have to love what you are wearing.
    I think you look cute in this dress, and no one would ever dare say you look too old to be wearing it.

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