with Susan Wagner
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I wore a linen skirt this weekend — on Friday, to be precise. This was a big deal for me, because everyone knows you’re not allowed to wear linen before Memorial Day. Right?
I’m not a big fan of hard-and-fast fashion rules; I believe that personal style comes from making the rules work for you. Love your white jeans? Wear them all year round! Like the way you look in heels? Rock a heel every day. Personal style means knowing what works for you and, well, working it.
But even if you’re rocking your own original style, I’m willing to bet that there are things you won’t wear, no matter how great they look on other women. I love black and I love orange, but I will not, under any circumstances, wear them together — too much like a Jack O’Lantern. I see other girls working that combination and not looking like they’re dressed up for Halloween, but I can’t do it. Sorry.
I’m also hesitant to bust out my linen skirts too soon — in my closet, linen is only okay from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Of course, that’s not a real rule, or not one you should really feel compelled to abide by; the actual fact is that linen is a summery fabric, which means it’s not appropriate for colder weather, but if you live in a place where summer weather arrives weeks before the pool opens, you should feel free to work your linen pieces into your daily rotation.
So why can’t I bring myself to wear my super cute linen skirts before Memorial Day? Because in my head, linen is for summer, and summer doesn’t start until the last weekend in May. And in my head, no matter what you tell me, that’s The Rule.
I look forward to that first weekend of summer, and to getting out my linen skirts. It’s like a little celebration in my closet, every year — a ritual, if you will. And as much as I might think about getting the skirts out sooner, I don’t, because that would break the rules, and that wouldn’t be any fun at all.
What are your personal style rules? Are they seasonal, or have you just banned specific pieces from your closet? Are you ever flexible about the rules, or are they set in stone?
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