One of the fashion rules I learned growing up was that the components of an outfit should have matching levels of formality. Tailored with tailored, casual with casual. Another was that blue and black should never be worn together. Today, rules like these feel as anachronistic as dial telephones.
I’ve worn this linen sweater quite a bit as part of more casual outfits (it was one of my 12 Items that went to France in April/May) but it wasn’t until I paired it with these more tailored trousers that I really received a lot of compliments on it. I think the juxtaposition of slouchy and structured makes each piece stand out a bit more.
These glasses are actually a few years old. Because I’m not as diligent about wearing my sunglasses as I really should be (and end up constantly squinting), I took my current pair in to get the lenses replaced with the “Transitions” kind that darken in bright light (should have them back next week). These above have those self-adjusting lenses, hence the slightly dark cast out in sunlight.
Another “rule” I’m bending is the one that says women over 50 should stick to pale or nude lipstick. I’ve been playing with bright lip color again lately. This one is Chanel Rouge Allure in “Melodieuse.” I’m starting to think that maybe my best “red” is really bright pink.
Do you mix casual with more tailored pieces? What are some of your favorite combos? What other style rules do you like to bend or even break?
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