Fashion Etiquette: Still in Style?

By Abby

Remember those old rules of fashion your mom learned from her mom? Like your nail polish should match your lipstick, or your shoes should match your belt? I don’t know about you, but I have several shades of lipstick and dozens of colors of nail polish; if they match it’s purely by accident. Lucky for me, all my shoes and belts are black.

Check out these rules of fashion etiquette that you may have heard from your grandmother or great grandmother:

  • Don’t wear sandals or white after Labor Day.
  • Wear suede shoes only in the fall and winter.
  • Cut your hair after 40 because middle-aged women shouldn’t have long hair.
  • Don’t wear black in the spring and summer.
  • Only wear diamonds in the evening.
  • Don’t mix jewelry made from different colors of metal, like yellow and white gold.
  • Don’t wear black at a wedding; it is bad luck.
  • Don’t wear nylons if you plan to wear open-toed shoes.
  • Only wear velvet during fall and winter.

Are these sayings still practical in today’s high-fashion world? Tell us what you think.

One thought on “Fashion Etiquette: Still in Style?

  1. While most of the etiquette rules you wrote about in this post are outdated, there are some that still apply. Or should apply if you consider yourself a fashionable person. For instance, nail polish should match your lipstick. If it doesn’t you’ll have to change the color every time you change your clothes. Who has the time to do that? And belts should match shoes and purses. Who wants to walk around looking like they got dressed in the dark? Yes the rules have changed about wearing diamonds and cutting your hair. You don’t have to limit your wardrobe by color depending on the season, true. But wearing nylons with open toed shoes is almost as bad as wearing socks with sandals. Thankfully they have open toed nylons now.

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