Sweater: BP at Nordstrom // Shoes (℅): Wills Vegan Shoes // Dress (worn as skirt): Who What Wear (similar here and here) // Bag: Matt & Nat // Bracelet (℅): Kristine Lily // Watch (℅): VOTCH // Lips: Tarte 'Bae'
Let's talk breaking style rules. I'm sure you've heard of more than a few so-called "style rules" as prescribed by "experts" that tell you to steer clear of a certain thing while getting dressed. For example, I always grew up hearing that horizontal stripes aren't to be worn because they make you look wider. Or that turtleneck's aren't stylish because they cover up the collarbone, a part of the body that's universally thought of as feminine and therefore should be exposed. There are also a few special "rules" that apply to petites, like the rule that you cannot wear ankle strap heels because they cut you off at the ankle and make you look shorter.
Well, I'm here to say: throw those style rules out the window, and wear whatever the heck you want. I didn't have any silly regulations in my mind as I put together this outfit, which was inspired by that effortlessly chic Parisian style. I paired a few minimalistic and classic items like this black mock-neck sweater, a black and white striped midi, and my favorite pair of shoes, these block heels.
At the end of the day, fashion is our greatest form of self-expression and if we listen to all the rules, we won't have anything left to wear. I happen to love horizontal stripes, and I'll continue to wear them. I love that turtlenecks and mock necks are back in style right now, but even if they weren't I would still wear them because they're so cozy. And no matter what kind of shoes I wear I'll still probably look short, because I am short, so I'll go with my block heels any time!