6 Tried and Tested Fashion Rules That Have Stood The Test of Time

While there is a constant wave of trends in the fashion industry that create a landscape that seems to be forever changing, there are some things that appear to stay the same throughout the decades. 

While certain things come and go, much like your grandmother’s cooking staples, there are things in a wardrobe/closet that speak of yesteryear, whilst still highlighting a timeless beauty and which become a favourite. 

Also like your grandmother’s recipe for a great sponge, there are tried and tested fashion “rules” that work for any outfit you want to wear as well. 

So whether you’re a stickler or you call them ‘guidelines’, here are some fashion tips that can become staples in any wardrobe or which can work to any look.

Invest in a good accessory:

Whether it’s a piece of jewellery, a pair of sunglasses or that great hat for the summer sun, a well placed and colourful accessory can be the best and simplest way to truly elevate an outfit.

One of the best is through that of a great designer handbag. Yes, you can get genuine Prada bags, often for less than retail, and no, they don’t have to cost you an exorbitant price. 

This can be a great way to complete that stylish look without spending a fortune. 

Less can be more:

While we’re on the subject of accessories and making your wardrobe work for you, it can sometimes be helpful to be selective in your choices. 

As the wonderful Gabriellé ‘Coco’ Chanel once said, “Before you go out, take a look in the mirror and take one thing off.” 

Coco may have made the little black dress a phenomenon but she was primarily known for accessories and she made sure they made a statement. 

Sometimes, this is through having little else. Hence, pair that ‘LBD’ with a nice necklace or a gold bracelet and you can look stunning with minimal effort. 

Buy quality and maximise longevity:

When choosing items for your wardrobe, buying good quality holds you in good stead. 

When you buy a garment, whether a coat, a blouse or a pair of boots, don’t just look at the price tag. 

Take a look at how it has been made and how it feels on your body, as well as how it works with other pieces. 

This also helps expand out your wardrobe by embracing what you already had

Simplicity can be stylish: 

Harking back to Coco for a minute, often, seasonal fashion calls for big, bold statements and we seem to forget that elegance doesn’t have to be extravagant.

While she may have been referring to a necklace or a pair of earrings, Chanel is a woman who built her brand and became a style icon based on simplicity. 

These can be those such as a dress with a clean line, the timeless white tee shirt or your classic dress shoes.

Avoid seasonal shopping:

When it comes to a timeless look, the idea is to be unique in style. While that may sound hard to do, it’s not that difficult to pull off. 

The best way to do this is to avoid all the trends. Yes, we may be magpies looking for the next shiny item. 

However, by making your clothes last, you give them a new vigour to return. You also do well by not falling into a marketing trap. 

Wear with confidence:

The best way to make your fashion timeless is to wear it with confidence and to your authentic style. 

Be true to yourself and the style and beauty will shine through. 


Therefore, there are six fashion rules for how you can make your style work for you.