What to wear when-seasonal guidelines
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In the 'olden' days everyone seemed to know what to wear and when, based on greater formality and sets of received rules. Nowadays it seems anything goes, but actually this is not true!
It still is wrong to do certain things and most of these ‘rules’ are based on practical reasons. Most fashion errors stem from wearing summer or winter items all year round. At the risk of sounding like a dictator, here are some guidelines which will help you to look perennially and effortlessly chic.
- NO white linen before May unless its sooo hot you have no choice. It is just wrong!!
- Tights in winter, not bare legs! It does not look glamourous to walk around with plucked chicken flesh.
- The opposite is also true; opaque tights look very odd on a hot day.
- Wear coats and jackets in the winter. I am always astonished to see young women gallivanting around in next to nothing in the middle of January on a freezing cold night.
- I personally think vertiginous heels should be saved for evenings out, but I often see women traipsing to work on the Tube in them. I find myself wondering what these people do for a living for this not to render them paralysed at a desk all day, unable to even comfortably make themselves a cup of tea!
- However it also looks pretty terrible to wear trainers with a business skirt suit. Find another, alternative walking shoe or wear tracksuit bottoms and trainers to walk to work in and then change!
- Wear a bra, even if you only have bee stings! I think Trinny Woodall has great style but the one thing I hate is seeing her bare nipples under her t shirt. I am not sure that it is sexy although people do stare if you don’t!
- As a general guide these are winter fabrics: wools and silks, cotton shirting, crepe fabrics, woolly or warm-to-the-touch jerseys.
- And these are summer fabrics: linens, light weight silks, cottons, a cottony aspect or cool-to-the-touch jerseys.
- In this country, lightweight cashmere knits can be worn almost all year round. It is simply a matter of colour and how warm or cool you feel.
- Think carefully about the weights and textures of items you wish to put together. Not everything works and it takes a lot of skill to mix very light garments with very heavy ones in the same outfit.