fashion advice

We all have our own opinions on what works and what doesn’t – and we’ve all taken bad fashion advice from people – and blogs and magazines – in the past and wondered why we did that. There are some pieces of often-trotted out fashion advice that deserve to be consigned to the rubbish bins of style history though. We’re sure you have a few more of your own – feel free to comment or post them to our Facebook page!

“Always opt for the most expensive”

This one is a favourite with the sort of magazine that routinely calls a £300 handbag this season’s must have accessory. Yes, if you can afford to splash the cash we’re not killjoys at Wingz, and we say you should GO for it.

But if you are like most of us and every purchase counts, just invest in key items like boots, coats and things that you know you’ll get a lot of wear out of. Other things, especially the on-trend items that will only be ‘in’ for a season or two, don’t have to be investment pieces!  Buy things that can be dressed up – or down and remember that with dresses and tops, sleeveless doesn’t have to mean summertime only; Wingz can stretch those outfits even further by adding sleeves.

“Women older than 30/40/50 should avoid wearing certain things”

Maybe when older women were supposed to be at home knitting that fashion advice applied. But in the 21st century it’s all about personal expression and not what everyone else thinks. If you love it, wear it. Victoria Beckham says;

I love fashion, and I love changing my style, my hair, my makeup, and everything I’ve done in the past has made me what I am now. Not everyone is going to like what I do, but I look back at everything, and it makes me smile.

Most of us have no intention of hiding away in clothes that make us go unnoticed for decades. If you want style advice from a more mature lady, we suggest that you Google Iris Apfel, or watch the documentary – what an inspiration she is!

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Iris has a lot to say about style, and at the grand age of 97, should know a thing or two. She’s even getting her own Iris Apfel tribute Barbie! Her thoughts on the age -vs- style issue?

“Life is gray and dull; you might as well have a little fun when you dress.”

 “Buy things in a size smaller to diet into”

You will not diet into that bargain dress from Monsoon (or wherever). You’ll end up throwing it away, staring at it wistfully whenever you go down ‘that end’ of your wardrobe or selling it on eBay. You deserve to look and feel great at the size you are now, and no women needs a wardrobe that makes her feel bad.

“Buy plain shoes to go with all your outfits.”

To this, we say, “ARE YOU KIDDING?”

Where’s the fun in that? When there are so many different styles, colours and amazing shoes to choose from, why would you buy plain nude court shoes and wear them all the time? Unless you’re the Duchess of Cambridge and have to dress as inoffensively as possible (Yay for Meghan Markle…)

We bet Kate just desperately wants to wear Irregular Choice shoes as she totters around the house after Charlotte and George. If you can, get as many funky shoes as you can. Quite the opposite from ‘blending in’ and ‘being matched all the time, a fantastic pair of shoes makes you stand out from the crowd and, dare we say it, walk taller too!

How do you feel about breaking fashion advice ‘rules’?