Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kenneth Cole's 10 Rules of Style!

Yesterday, I was sitting at the pool reading a men's magazine "Details" and came across this interesting list by Kenneth Cole in regards to clothing and style. I felt I should share it with my readers :) Most of these, those who have conversed with me about dress, have heard me say in one way or another! It is primarily for men but most of his tips apply to all!

1. Clothing is maybe the single greatest form of self-expression. Whether you're fashion-impaired or fashion-inspired, I urge everyone to take a few extra minutes every day to contemplate the message you're sending to the world.

2. If you wear a fragrance, make sure it doesn't arrive before you do and linger when you're gone.

3. Few people get dressed up today. Mix dressy with casual or rugged with refined. And one item should be more tailored. For example, If you're wearing a T-shirt, wear cleaner jeans. Wear a blazer with the jeans or a casual top with slacks.

4. Beyond any other accessory, shoes will have a very significant impact on how you look - they make the whole outfit come together. Ther's that old adage that before you judge somebody you should walk a mile in their shoes. Then if you don't like them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. What you wear below the ankles is critical.

5. Establish a uniform, then layer in something new to make it fresh each day. I always have my white shirt, my jeans, and my boots. Then I mix up the rest. Some days I wear a graphic tee with a white shirt and a vest. The next, I might wear a white shirt, a V-neck sweater, and a pin-striped blzer. But the must-haves for every wardrobe are a white shirt and a comfortable blazer.

6. When all else fails, wear black.

7. Vests are the accessory of the season. They look great as an element of sportswear or with a suit - as long as they're not matching. It's about breaking up the suit and then wearing the pieces as spearates. The jacket with or without the vest, can be worn with jeans. The pants can be worn with sneakers T-shirts, and hooded sweaters.

8. Patterns, like stripes, need to be very subtle. The message overall should be that you're not wearing a matched wardrobe (or on parole). Contemplate wearing a jacket that doesn't match your pants and a shirt that matches neither. Your belt and shoes don't have to match either, but there needs to be a sense that everything works together.

9. You've done a good job if people see you and say. "you look great," as opposed to "Where did you buy your shoes, and how much did you pay for the jacket?" Your clothing choices should help present you.

10. No matter how long it takes you to get dressed it shouldn't look like it took more than 10 minutes.

Increase Your Interest Rate - Kenneth Cole


  1. ***Transplanted from my facebook group Fashion Crisis 911***
    Great! thanks for the advice, Rae. Sarah (as in Judith Wint) can tell you that I've been guilty of #2! Do you remember telling me that Sarah? I remember!!! I remember almost everyday when I put on my perfume. But I still can't help but put on one more spray! lol!!!

    As per #9 people tend to compliment me on one thing. Like "your earrings are pretty!" or "where did you get your shoes?" Arrrrrrrrrrrgh! Thanks alot Rae! I thought I was ON!!!

  2. Developing your style identity is a work in process. Oftentimes, individuals are able to make progress one area at a time. The important thing is understand what is the ultimate goal. As in anything practice makes perfect! As Kenneth says, everyday should be an opportunity for you to dress up and communciate your fashion sense. Keep on and one you will just receive the ultimate compliment "Wow you look great!"