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?
August 23, 2011