Who Makes the Rules of Personal Style?

With style, "less is more," novelist Carol Edgarian writes. We're not sure the fashion world, or STREETFSN photographer Nam, would agree. (Photo: STREETFSN)

Novelist Carol Edgarian wrote an article for W magazine about personal style. Here are her closing remarks:

“Style is all about character. In the end, they are the same. What I know, what I try to tell my daughters, are some of the things I’ve picked up along the road. The eyebrow is key—just ask Picasso. Take care of your heels, and they will take care of you. Don’t buy it if it only fits the you who is five pounds lighter. In time your face will mirror your character, no matter how many tucks or nips—all the more reason to laugh well and often, and leave the snark for someone else’s sour puss. After 40, a well-fitted bra can retrofit the whole architecture. Generosity in all things—from work to living. Have one dress that showcases your strength and another your smarts, and a third that inspires you to flirt. Your mind is your sexy booty. A mule is a pack animal, not a shoe you wear. Boots are made for confidence. If you must be matchy-matchy, for God’s sake show some wit. Less is more, with the following exceptions: good manners, thread count, self-deprecation, and real knowing.

“Style is how you see the world and how the world sees you. It isn’t today and it isn’t tomorrow; it isn’t a dress or a car or a shoe or a comment—it’s the cut of your sail as you cross this crazy, uncharted sea. Far ahead, legions of boats have already made the crossing—some grander, some more sleek—and still newer boats are always coming up behind you. Style is the manner in which you navigate your one remarkable voyage.”

We’re not sure about the “Less is more” thing, as most street style photographers have been capturing images of women dripping in rings, watches, bracelets and bright colors in various textures, but the rest reads to us like wise, wise words.

How would you describe your style? What are your style rules?

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