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Laura A. Ball
Special to the DailyActress Chloe Sevigny never worries about committing a fashion faux pas. She expresses herself from head to toe in her flouncy yellow dress and fur-toed heels.
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Just when you thought you had the steadfast rules of fashion down, the experts tell you that wearing white after labor day is not only no longer a faux pas, it is actually in vogue. There are very few fashion rules. And if there’s a rule saying you can’t do something, there’s a good chance people are going to start doing it.We don’t read fashion magazines so we can follow every trend we see. Besides, not all women should follow every trend, i.e. pleated mini skirts with tall boots. We read them to see what’s out there and pull from them what fits our own styles, personalities and always evolving selves. Use them as inspiration for your own creative style. Draw from them what you need, and forget about the rest.Bottom line: Don’t use fashion magazines as guidelines for what you can and cannot wear.You can …

You can mix silver and gold. In fact, one high-end jewelry company’s slogan right now is “The magic is in the mix.” There’s even a new color entering the world of bling, a mixture of the two, called silver gold. You can wear pink and red together, and for that matter, black and brown and blue and brown. You can mix and match prints; think Bohemian not plaid and Bermuda. Remember when a pair of Levi’s and black high heels were atrocious. But now, as jeans are climbing the ranks in fashion design, a great pair of jeans and killer heels are about the sexiest thing around.Just about any fashion faux pas can evolve into a fashion statement. Be free, get creative.For your eyes onlyThere are some things however that you may want to avoid outside of the house. Did you ever watch the episode of “Sex and the City” when Carrie reads Aidan’s book and her one complaint is that the main character wears a scrunchie all over New York? That story line struck a chord in women across America. Moral: Get rid of them, or at the very least, leave them at home.

Here’s one for the guys (and some gals). Socks with sandals – the absolute worst. There is nothing more unattractive, especially Tevas with white socks. (And ladies, nude panty hose with sandals is the equivalent.) Now clogs on the other hand, and on the right guy, can be very sexy. It shows you are in touch with your feminine side. I bet Sting wears clogs.A co-worker mentioned to me that she can’t stand pantylines, cartoons on clothes, men’s suits with white socks, nor spandex outside of the gym. All valid.Lastly, make sure your look is at least a little updated. It’s one thing if your clothes are inspired by Flashdance, it’s another if you’ve actually been wearing the same clothes since the ’80s. Although, I try not to judge too harshly, if you want to be taken seriously by the majority, you may want to purchase clothes that resemble the decade you’re actually living in. But, if that’s what you want to wear and you just don’t care, more power to you. It’s all about self expression anyway.Your second skinYou have to be comfortable in your own skin. Confidence is visible from the inside out. Clothes are like our second skin, so it’s crucial that your threads reflect you. And f.y.i., I condone shopping for therapy. If clothes symbolize how we feel and we are ever changing creatures, our second skin needs to adapt, too.As trendy as fashion can be, it’s totally a personal thing. It feels good to look good, but you can’t look good if you don’t feel good.



Take risks, no one ever made a statement by following the rules.Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 619, or laball@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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