Ways to break the fashion ‘rules’ and still feel confident

We’ve all heard of old-school fashion “rules” to never break — like never wearing white after labor dayor saving the shimmery items in your closet for eveningwear.

But TODAY Style’s rules are a bit different. We believe that if you love an item, you should wear it!

In honor of “Wear What You Want” week, the TODAY Style Squad gave us their best tips for breaking the rules and making your favorite items work for anything.

Shiny items are only for fancy, nighttime affairs.

You don’t need to save your favorite glitzy items for a night out on the town. Pair one sparkly piece with a more traditional outfit to create a perfectly appropriate daytime look. Bobbie Thomas showed us her tips for adding a touch of glam at any time of day.


A metallic pleated skirt and a trendy bomber make for an eye-catching outfit that’s sure to get noticed.

Embroidered Bomber Jacket, $145, Macy’s


Metallic Pleated Skirt, $98, Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Gold Midi Skirt, $48, Lulus


Slip-On Sneakers, $69, Macy’s


A business-like blazer and menswear-inspired loafers get a big dose of fun with this sparkly skinny scarf and some bejeweled necklaces. Sometimes, a touch of shimmer is all you need!

Oversized Plaid Blazer, $168, Express


Metal Embellished Slide Loafers, $49, Express


Sequin Long Skinny Scarf, $58, Bloomingdale’s


Mixed Coin Pendant Necklace, $35, Express


Myth #2: Suiting pieces always need to match.

The status quo maintains that blazers and slacks should always match, but the truth is that suiting separates don’t need to be the same color or fabric to look polished. Lilliana Vazquez gave us her top tips for mixing and matching different pieces.


This tweed blazer is a timeless investment piece that you’ll wear for decades to come. When worn with silk pants and a tie-bow blouse, you’ll look classic and trendy at the same time.

Bow Blouse, $25, Target


Tweed Jacket, $190, Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld

Silk Trousers, $145, Aritzia


Don’t be afraid to layer it up! Three preppy pieces — a collared shirt, cable-knit sweater and structured blazer — look fresh and cool when worn together.

White-Collared Shirt, $70, J.Crew


Wilfred Sweater, $165, Aritzia


Blazer, $148, Banana Republic

Banana Republic

Geometric Print Skirt, $50, Zara


Myth #3: You can’t wear white after Labor Day.

You can still wear your favorite white items well into the cooler season — as long as you add a fall twist. Jill Martin showed us some of her favorite ways to rock white after summer is long gone.


Love your white jeans? There’s no need to put them in storage just yet! Thrown on an oversized sweater and some suede accessories — like thigh-high boots and a bag — and you’ll look autumn-ready in no time.

Oversized Textured Sweater, $50, Zara


Mid-rise Jeans, $40, Zara


High Boots, $30, H&M


Suede Handbag, $80, H&M


A classic white button-down is the perfect item to wear all year-round. We love this school-inspired look for fall that works when you pair the white collared shirt with a mini skirt and clutch.

Fitted Shirt, $20, H&M


Sequin Mini Skirt, $50, Zara


Leather Clutch, $7, Forever 21

Britain according to Burberry: Christopher Bailey on Martin Parr, Ken Russell, and sheepskin car coats

“The number one question I get asked,” says Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, “whether I’m on the street or in one of our shops or on social media, isn’t to do with the business side of the company, it’s what’s the inspiration behind our current collection? These are things people want to know, and this exhibition is an attempt to let them in on the inspirations behind what we do.”

The company’s 46-year-old former CEO – who demoted himself to merely Chief Creative Officer last year – and who is widely credited with turning the iconic, but once ailing British brand around, is sitting in the Old Sessions House, a Georgian former court house on London’s Clerkenwell Green.

Last Saturday night, the building’s gracious interiors, all with the currently trendy half-gutted look, provided the setting for Burberry’s catwalk show for London Fashion Week. Now the garments, a crankily eclectic mix of rubber raincoats, knitted tank-tops, tartan and platform boots, have been displayed through the building.

Alongside, hang the images that inspired them: classic British documentary photography such as Charlie Phillips’s grittily tender images of run-down Sixties Notting Hill, Dafydd Jones’s wry scenes of society swells at play and, of course, pictorial essays in social embarrassment by master of the genre, Martin Parr.

Here We Are is a show that embodies an increasingly important phenomenon in contemporary culture: the suddenly ubiquitous creative rapprochement between art and fashion. Retail outlets littering their display stands with art books as aspirational style items, for instance, or designers showcasing their own works beside the art that inspired them. The voguish young designer J.W. Anderson had an acclaimed show at Hepworth Wakefield earlier this year, and Burberry staged a pop-up Henry Moore exhibition in the old Foyles building in Charing Cross Road in March.

If the intricacies of who curates which exhibitions might be considered of interest primarily to art insiders, Bailey’s Henry Moore show seemed to offer a genuinely new approach to the consumption of art. Moore’s monumental bronzes, their references to the female form and the Yorkshire landscape looming over rows of mannequins bearing Burberry’s Moore-inspired garments had queues stretching round the block (30,000 people saw the show in six days). The experience – not quite gallery, not quite shop – seemed to blur the age-old distinctions between art and commerce, high art and popular culture.

What actually was Bailey trying to do? “Fashion has always been inspired and guided by other art forms, whether its art, film, theatre or music. In the past the references and ideas behind a collection would be left in the design studio. But now people receive information through so many channels, they’re bombarded by so many things, and it’s made them more questioning. Rather than simply taking the appearance of a fashion collection as a given, they want to get under the skin of it, to see what lies behind it.”

At the Foyles show, which was inspired – in good measure – by Bailey’s upbringing in Moore’s native industrial Yorkshire, you felt you could see that process in action: watching the kind of young people you wouldn’t expect to see in an art gallery enthusiastically snapping Moore’s reclining figures on their mobile phones or looking at displays explaining the ways these sculptures fed into different aspects of Bailey’s glamorous garments: texture, shape, silhouette.

Yet surely such projects, for all their apparent philanthropic impact, are, at base, a cool and very clever marketing device? Bailey sighs. Boyishly amiable and disarmingly down to earth, he never quite lets go of his role as company ambassador. “People think of the fashion industry as this commercial juggernaut of fluffiness, and I can’t deny that there’s a commercial aspect to everything we do. But that’s only part of the story. In these exhibitions we’re celebrating the coming together of different creative worlds in a way that isn’t transactional: we aren’t charging people to come in, we aren’t selling anything – though they can buy things from our shops, of course. To see people from many different walks of life coming together at these events is very inspiring. And if people from the art world are getting excited by that,” – he casts a glance in my direction – “then that surely is the point.”

The sources for Bailey’s current, defiantly quirky collection, which juxtaposes Prince of Wales-check baggy trousers with guardsman’s uniforms, sheepskin car-coats and transparent flowery dresses, are all around the gallery walls: from Janette Beckman’s fabulous portrait of the Specials’ organist Jerry Dammers to Ken Russell’s essay on the rituals of Whitehall’s horse guards.

Such images are part of an earthily humane photographic tradition that celebrates British character, with its unique melange of the tribal and the rampantly individualistic.It’s a world where, in Bailey’s interpretation, classic mods, Coronation Street, Royal Ascot and the Bay City Rollers all merge into an idiosyncratic whole.

For Bailey, a carpenter’s son from Halifax, who trained at the Royal College of Art before embarking on his meteoric rise through the creative and business sides of the fashion industry, this documentary tradition strikes a deep personal chord. “The two things that got me out of my working class Yorkshire world were music and imagery: photographs, seen predominantly in magazines, not just fashion magazines like the Face, but some of the Sunday supplements, which used to do incredible essays in social portraiture. I’ve always gravitated back to that and used it in my designs.

“Like a lot of people I’m trying to work out what it means to be British today, at a time when we’re going through Brexit and when, from a personal point of view, I’ve become a fairly new father to two little girls. Britain we know is a patchwork of tribes and traditions and worlds, and I wanted to dig a bit deeper into that.”But isn’t there something a touch insulting – not to say tasteless – in trying to incorporate an image of, say, whippet racing in Doncaster into Burberry’s luxury world? “I really don’t see it like that. Burberry is a luxury brand, I won’t deny that. We make things in a way that gives them a particular price tag. We fly the flag for British culture all over the world. But for me it’s not about exclusivity. I’m not saying everyone can afford to buy one of our beautiful trench coats. But I don’t see what we do as only speaking to three per cent of society. [Burberry is] part of society, whether it’s through our apprenticeships, our sponsorship of young musicians or putting on a photography exhibition.”

So are exhibitions like his changing the way we view art? Will we soon be in a cultural landscape like Japan, where it would be considered perfectly normal to see, say, a Marcel Duchamp exhibition in a department store? Or is this new approach just a quirky add-on to the existing system?

“I think the whole retail landscape will change dramatically over the next ten years, as I suspect it will with galleries and museums and all the ways we explore and consume the different art forms. We’ll see environments where there’ll be a meeting of art with photography, with fashion, with food, with technology. What we’re doing here is supposed to be a little example of that.”

Here We Are runs at Old Sessions House, London EC1, until Oct 1.


Add a fusion twist to your handloom garment

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Handloom fabrics are usually associated with traditional wear like saris and kurtas, but you can give it a western look with an artistic approach, say experts.

Designers Amit Sachdeva and Archana Kochhar have listed tips on how to westernise handloom garments:

* Ways to westernise handloom fabrics are by drapes which are contemporary and edgy, making them perfect examples of a fusion look.

* Streamline prints and block printing is also another way to westernise this fabric. Western silhouettes look and fit beautifully with handloom fabrics.

* The silhouettes are also very important. But one has to keep in mind that the real essence of the handloom craft is not overpowered by the silhouette.

* Embellishing the garment also helps at times to give it a western touch. Again, minimalist is very important to be kept in mind here.

* Sometimes clubbing and fusing a handloom separate with a western one also changes the look. A separate can specially be designed to be teamed up with a western coordinate.

* The choice of colour combination used in the entire garment adds a lot to its westernised look. For example, a pastel or a white colour story will obviously look more western compared to a jewel tone.

* It also depends on the way you accessorise the look. The handbag, footwear and jewellery add that punch in completing the western look.

Racing style tips: Don’t overdo the up-do (or the fake tan)

“Invest into timeless accessories” Erika Fox, fashion and lifestyle blogger, @retroflame

Studying the form takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to dressing for the races. Next weekend the stakes are high with the Longines Irish Champions Weekend taking place on September 9th in Leopardstown and 10th at the Curragh with the Longines Prize for Elegance competition and €25,000 worth of luxury prizes. “Champion” stylist Ingrid Hoey offers tips on how to master racing style for interested contestants and the first is not to follow other winners. “It’s about personal and practical elegance and what suits you. So it’s no to outrageous millinery, stilettos and open toed sandals, frilly,broken or matchy umbrellas, fake tan overload and extravagant updoes. And yes to keeping pattern and print simple, to good grooming and manicures and remembering that less is more”, she counsels. “And if a hat frightens you, opt for a pair of statement earrings instead.” Photograph by Alex Hutchinson.DMcQ

Shane Burke outsde his Clontarf shop Stylish Guy
Shane Burke outsde his Clontarf shop Stylish Guy

“Men shop on a mission. Women shop for an adventure”, so says Shane Burke, proprietor of Stylish Guy, a brand new menswear shop on the Clontarf Road, (formerly Pace Boutique) attracting a lot of attention.

Burke always had a grá for fashion and was a former personal shopper, male model and blogger (thestylishguy) who sold everything he had and moved back home in order to open his own shop which he fitted out on a limited budget with the help of family and friends. “I wanted it to be affordable menswear with service and put my own stamp on it,” he says.

Prices start at €5 for socks up to €189 for jackets with bestsellers being striped and plain shirts by Pure for €85. “If men like something, they buy two and sales never work with them,” he says. He certainly knows his customers; for instance, all €49 jumpers are cotton “because they are machine washable unlike wool” and jeans €89 are deliberately chosen to flatter all body shapes. “I buy for the store not for my eye,” he says. Stylish Guy is open seven days a week at 53 Clontarf Road. Visit www.thestylishguy.ie DMcQ

Superga, an Italian company from Turin that started making tennis shoes and rubber-soled footwear more than a hundred years ago may not be a brand well known in Ireland, though it has a store in Covent Garden in London. Familiar in Italy, it has expanded all over the world and more recently appointed the Olsen sisters in the US as creative directors. Its latest collaborations are with cult boutique Luisa Via Roma in Florence with two sneakers, one canvas, the other in velvet at €140 a pair. Buy on the luisaviaroma.com website. DMcQ

Dress, €50 Monkind, a new brand now being sold at younghearts.ie
Dress, €50 Monkind, a new brand now being sold at younghearts.ie

Wear it

Simple, modern, sustainable and organic are all the words we want to hear when buying clothes for our kids. Wrap up your little ones in this dress for €50 from Monkind, a new brand now being sold at younghearts.ie. DMcM

Set the world on fire in this Gromwell crepe blazer (€1,325) from Altuzarra
Set the world on fire in this Gromwell crepe blazer (€1,325) from Altuzarra
Nettle crepe flared pants (€450) from Altuzarra.
Nettle crepe flared pants (€450) from Altuzarra.

Steal vs splurge

A red trouser suit (or pant suit if you’re a Hillary Clinton fan) is a must for the season ahead. Blaze a trail in this red jacket (€25) and trousers (€16) from Penneys, or set the world on fire in this Gromwell crepe blazer (€1,325) and nettle crepe flared pants (€450) from Altuzarra. DMcM

Blaze a trail in this red jacket (€25) from Penneys

Fashion style tips for working women

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The work wear trend for women today is bending a lot towards floral miniatures in bold colours, and interesting capes and jackets too, say experts.

Shweta Sharma, Founder at lifestyle brands ombrelane.com and Sneha Mehta, Founder at kukoonthelabel.com, have listed work wear trends that could be looked at by the modern woman:

Prints. Incorporating prints into work wear has given an opportunity for the modern working woman to explore several prints and motifs that describe her. Prints can be easily incorporated into any occasion — for a meeting it can be paired with a blazer and for an evening out it can be highlighted by a necklace.

Try Pastels. Neutral and darker tones are not the only options available anymore. Invest in eternal pastels, but also of the bolder ones ranging from deep reds to natural greens.

Monotones. Monotone blazers, solid flared pants, minimal, classic accessories are the way to go. There is nothing more crisp and classic than pairing white and black separates together. This combination can be a go-to look if you are running late and have no time to dress up.

Skirt it Up. Pencil skirts to ankle-length flared ones, paired with the right top and polished accessories, can be your Friday favourite.

Wear Prints. Printed scarves in bright colours can instantly perk up your look. Keeping the entire look minimal and wearing solid colours will help you stand out. It’s a great option for mid-week meetings.

Capes and long jackets are a great investment. Important meetings are to be dealt with looking powerful and the look should command attention. A smart cape is a fashion essential.

How to wear stripes – and other style tips from interior designer for Land Rover Sophie Li

Shanghai-born 29-year-old interior designer for Jaguar Land Rover Sophie Li lets both her multicultural background, and her passion for and knowledge about colour steer her sartorial compass.

Here are her tips for easy-but-interesting dressing.

A wrap dress is an effortless option

”If I want to get dressed quickly, I choose a wrap dress,” Li tells The Telegraph. ”They’re versatile enough to go from work to evening, and also very practical.”

Look for inspiration in unlikely places

”I take style inspiration from works of art by Mark Rothko and David Hockney – they help me work out how different colours go together,” says Li. ”I think many women are scared about breaking rules with colour, but I’d say, don’t limit yourself – you can wear three or more colours in one look.”

she wears it well 

Dress, Sandro; WtR suede pumps £290, Wolf & Badger; jewellery (Sophie’s own)

Invest in pieces that really suit you

”It’s much better to not follow trends but to invest in the pieces you like and that suit you,” the designer continues. ”Joseph and Theory are my favourite brands for workwear. They do modern, simply tailoring and use good-quality material, so you know one piece will last a long time.

Treat stripes as a neutral

”I treat stripes as a neutral and then layer other colours on top,” Li describes. ”That probably explains why I have so many striped pieces, from jumpers to dresses to suits,” she continues. ”Saint James and Etre Cécile both do good striped tops.”

Buy jewellery based on your skin tone

Accessories-wise, I tend to stick to gold jewellery, like this Cartier bracelet that you can’t take off, because it complements my skin tone,” says Li on how she approaches buying jewellery. ”I think it’s important to work out whether you suit silver or gold, and then try to stick to that.”

The importance of good underwear – and other style tips from Romilly Wilde founder Susie Willis

50-year-old founder of natural skincare brand Romilly Wilde mixes the boyish with the bohemian to create her own style. ”I’m rubbish with brand names – I just buy what I like,” admits the Wiltshire-based entrepreneur.

Here are her top sartorial tips…

Experiment with different trouser shapes

”I’m a real tomboy, I love wearing trousers and just being comfortable,” Willis tells The Telegraph. ”I think it’s worth investing in a well-cut pair – the fit is so important, even more so than with a dress. As I’m getting older, skinny jeans just don’t suit me me anymore – I’ve started wearing loser styles lately. My current favourite pair are by Peter Pilotto.”

Good gym gear will motivate you

”In the morning, I usually put on gym gear because it motivates me to go for a run – I’m crazy about Lululemon and Lucas Hugh,” says Willis.

Trainers are very versatile

”I can’t do heels, even with smart pieces. I’m always in sneakers,” she continues. ”I love wide-leg trousers or a beautiful floor-sweeping dress with a pair of trainers – they can be just as feminine as heels.”

she wears it well

Peter Pilotto linen-mix trousers, £375, Matchesfashion.com; leather trainers, £149, Ash; blouse, jewellery and watch, Susie’s own

Seek out sustainable alternatives

”I buy a lot of clothes from Rêve En Vert, which is like a sustainable Net-a-Porter,” she says. ”It stocks beautiful pieces and has an ethical manifesto – hallelujah!”

Be careful what you get rid of

”I love wearing a fabulous white blouse with big sleeves and a high pie-crust collar – like the old Laura Ashley designs,” says Willis. ”I actually got rid of all my old Laura Ashley stuff, and I wish I hadn’t – it’s heartbreaking!”

Invest in good underwear

”My number one style tip is to always wear good underwear – I get mine from Wolford,” she continues. ”If you’re wearing a good bra and knickers, you’ll be comfortable and held in in the right places. Bad underwear can ruin an outfit.”

This body lotion is supposed to help you fall asleep — and people are obsessed


If you’re reading this during or following yet another sleepless night, you’re not alone. The good news is, help could be right around the corner (more specifically, sitting on the shelf at your local Lush store).

“It all started in 2016, when the Sleepy Body Lotion made its big debut as a part of Lush’s always hotly anticipated Christmas collection,” said a rep from the brand. “Fans loved the lotion so much that the we realized we had no other choice but to bring Sleepy back as a part of our permanent collection — and needless to say, Lushies were ecstatic.”

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We did a little digging and it looks like many have swarmed to the brand’s Facebook page to praise the product:

“This is seriously amazing for anxiety and insomnia. Im am elated that it is going to be in regular stock. My tub from Christmas has been skimpily used just to ration it. *Happy dance* :)” – Amber Nichols

“I have chronic psoriasis on the palms of my hands that is painful..I have used SLEEPY sparingly.. every night.. since the Holidays…and it works extraordinarily well on them overnight to make them calm down.. the saturation into the skin is excellent, comforting & it smells nice to boot ;)Very VERY glad to hear it’s being continued.. <3” – Terry Nor

Other have taken to Reddit to show their support:

“I’ve reached out on twitter to lush U.K. And NA, to make them aware that as someone with an incurable and not so common chronic illnesses which result in chronic pain and insomnia because of the pain, sleepy lotion is the one product that can actually help me through the worst of my nights.” – hmarie92

“For someone who has a plethora of lotions to choose from, Sleepy knocked my socks off. What a warm, delicious, well rounded scent! Almost reminds me of oatmeal cookies once on my skin. I typically prefer runnier lotions, and this is THICK, but not greasy.” – amanducktan

So, what’s their secret? The recipe is chock-full of good-for-you ingredients, including lavender, almond oil and oatmeal, all known to help soothe the skin (and, as fans would suggest, soul).

Scroll down for more lavender-infused products that could (finally!) help you catch some shut-eye.


Dots and lines can make garments that suit the wearer

A product is developed according to a planned layout that should result in a functional and aesthetically pleasing outcome. When a designer works on a design for a garment, thought has to be given to make the garment appeal to the target client. It is essential for the designer to keep in mind the psychographics and demographics of the wearer.

So when a motif, design or silhouette is visualised as a component of the final garment, the aim must be to give the wearer a well-composed and suitable appearance by experimenting with various elements and principles of design.

The elements of design are the building blocks of any design. Compiled skilfully, they create effective visual communication.

The elements of design discussed are:

–>         Dot/Point

–>         Various styles of lines



–>         A dot is the basic element of design.

–>         It is the smallest and the simplest unit suggesting its presence.

–>         Dots are the building blocks of everything else in a design.

–>         The size of dots in a design is not related to any kind of illusion of height or length in any garment.

–>         Larger dots create an illusion of increased surface area, making the wearer appear to be wide. So, larger dots are suitable for slim people and inappropriate for those with a heavy body type.

–>         Small dots look best on people with a wide and heavy body structure as the dots have a smaller surface area and create an illusion of slimness. They have the added advantage of looking good even on slim people.


A line is a versatile mode of expression. Its various qualities evoke different feelings and each type has distinguished significance.

Various styles of lines are:

–>         Vertical lines: These relate to the length of the garment and give an illusion of height as the eye of the viewer runs from top to bottom, concealing the width of the wearer. So, vertical lines are suitable for the heavy body type and for those who are short.

–>         Thin vertical lines: These are explicitly suitable for heavy people as well as wearers with an athletic built. They have come to be associated with a strong personality, and so, they are used mostly for formal wear.

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–>         Broad/Thick/Dominating Vertical lines: These are not suitable for a person with a heavy torso as they highlight just what needs to be concealed, but they can be worn by a petite person as they give an illusion of height. The outcome may be a masculine look, so they are more suitable for men’s wear.


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Horizontal lines: Running across the body, horizontal lines widen the look of the wearer as the eye of the beholder is guided across the width of the body rather than the height. Horizontal lines are inappropriate for people with a heavy body type, but suitable for a slim tall person who wants to distract attention from height.

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–>         Diagonal lines/ Zigzag lines: These lines are highly kinetic in appearance and would suggest liveliness and movement. Diagonals and zigzags can be used to create a focal point in an area of a design or a garment to highlight it, while concealing others. These lines are very striking and easily capture the attention of the onlooker. They counter natural curves. Credited with creating a masculine look, they are more suitable for menswear.

–>         More horizontal diagonal lines: These would give a widening effect so they are not suggested for a short or plump person.

–>         More vertical diagonal lines: These would give an illusion of height and slim build, so they are suitable for a squat person. However, these lines should not be used in an area which is to be hidden. A slim person may look more slim in these lines.


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Perpendicular lines: These lines are bold and eye-catching, useful in making a blank, large area in a garment or design more exciting and conspicuous. They counter roundness and conceal flab.

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–>         Dotted or slashed lines: These lines are more attractive than regular, continuous lines. These break the monotony in a design, making a basic outfit more interesting and attractive.


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–>         Curved/Undulating/Spiral/Wavy lines: Graceful and elegant, these lines create a feminine look and emphasise roundness. So, they are not very suitable for the skinny wearer. These lines suggest fullness and are used frequently in sportswear to counter the masculine look of the sportsperson.–>