Have you ever felt like there were rules in fashion that could be broken every now and then? I've paired up with HP Australia who have a really cool competition at the moment - where you can submit text, images, and/or videos via social media using #BendTheRulesAustralia, showing how you bend the rules! The comp has weekly spot prizes plus a grand prize up for grabs of $10,000, which is massively generous in my opinion :)
You can check out some of the entries already up on HP Australia Youtube. Terms and conditions of the comp can be found here (also avail. on the YouTube page).
Here are a few examples from myself of how I would bend the rules in fashion:
1. Rocking out-of-fashion trends
Galaxy skirt: c/o WMYU (here)
Engraved messages ring set: c/o Style Moi (here, currently sold out)
3 ring pack: c/o Style Moi (here)
Glitz collar Necklace: c/o Vant Jag (here)
Sometimes a trend comes along that you really, really like... and you amass a dozen pieces with it and in a couple of month's time, it fades completely! That's how I felt with the galaxy trend (you have to admit, everyone was obsessed with it at some point!) My stance is that you can always bend the rules when it comes to the fast-paced nature of fashion- if something looks good and you can rock it, then flaunt it regardless of whether it’s in season or not!
Another fashion rule is to never mix metals- but how awesome is this ring set? I think they look even better with a mixed blend of copper, bronze and silver. Combining metals can look messy at times but if you keep it minimal it won't look tacky and actually look pretty cool!
2. Wearing summer in winter
Floral dress: c/o Ami Club Wear (here, currently sold out)
Yellow knit: Chicabooti
Satchel bag: Forever New
During cool weather don't feel the need to tuck away all your summer gear just yet! You can definitely bend the rules with wearing season-specific clothing. Summer dresses look really cute with a cropped jacket and stockings/tights, and crop tops can be a great layering piece with high-waisted bottoms. Here I'm wearing a chunky cardigan over a summery floral dress with boots, and you can add stockings/leggings to keep warm.
3. Wearing active wear outside
This is a really cool trend I've been embracing lately! A few years back I would never have thought of wearing sports gear from the gym or yoga class, to coffee or dinner. Thanks to the growing fusion of fashion and sportswear in recent times there's so many cute sports clothes on the market that look great outside as well.
I walked into Lululemon for the first time the other day and picked up these great basics. A tight-fitted long sleeved striped top and fitted black zip-up jacket are not only wardrobe staples, but I wore them hiking as well on the weekend! I easily transitioned from a day of exercise to dinner at a steakhouse that night, bending the rules that gymwear should stay in the gym.