When it comes to dressing, we believe there are more rules to break than to follow (read: wearing white after Labor Day and sequins before nighttime). Fashion is supposed to be fun, after all, so experimenting with trends and wearing thrilling finds in nontraditional ways is highly encouraged. However, there are a few guidelines we like to abide by that only help us look and feel better—not restrict our style. Ahead, discover the four fashion rules you should absolutely follow that’ll keep you forever chic.
It's never a bad thing to flaunt parts of your bod you're proud of when the occasion calls for it, but bear in mind it's all about balance. If you want to show off your legs in a mini, keep your arms covered in sleeves. Choosing a plunging neckline to accentuate your cleavage? Pair with a midi skirt or floor-grazing trousers. In other words, don't show off everything in one go.
As discussed above, abbreviated hems are chic when complemented with coverage up top, but a piece is too short if you can't sit in it properly. If it reveals any part of your bum or you're constantly fidgeting to pull it down, chances are it's not quite wearable.
Avoid pieces that don't properly fit, no matter how cute. Every clothing item you own should skim the body and never suction at any area. If it's too tight, go up a size—it'll be a lot more flattering and comfortable.
We're all about trying out new trends, but attempting to pull off something you don't feel comfortable in simply isn't smart. You always want to feel confident in your outfit, so why force yourself? It's never a bad thing to stick to what you know, which is why wardrobe staples exist. Also, if it's literally uncomfortable—too itchy, too tight, too painful—then ditch it.