Beth Honig On Fashion That Never Goes Out of Style

Fashion is simple. Style is simple. We’ve all heard complex, trendy, or hard-to-follow fashion rules from magazines and bloggers. But have you ever felt like you want to dress by your own rules? Who hasn’t. While there are certainly fashion truths that stand the test of time, no woman can spend her time chasing some elusive list of rules about how to dress and how to look.

Here are three basic rules–or, rather, non-rules–that I love from Who What Wear‘s compilation of “8 Simple Rules Stylish Women Always Follow.”

1. Fit Is the Most Important Thing

The dressing room is your friend. Buying something because it looks good on the hanger doesn’t do you much good if it doesn’t look as good–if not better–on you. Make sure that you’re going the extra mile to wear clothes that fit and flatter your body. And don’t worry about the size on the tag. Like age, size is nothing but a number.

Stacy London, author of The Truth About Style and the former host of the TLC show What Not to Wear, has said “the biggest mistake women make is wearing clothes that don’t fit because they don’t accept the body they have right now. You have to do that in order to figure out what looks good on you. And besides, confidence is the best accessory. It can make or break an outfit.”

2. Have a Style Signature

Whether it’s a brooch, a silk scarf, a bucket bag, penny loafers, a pair of Converse sneakers–whatever it is, have a signature element to your wardrobe that puts your own stamp on it. “Above all, no matter what else is true of your personal style, it’s very important to have a signature,” says Who What Wear.