Editor’s Notes: (Fashion) Rules are Made to be Broken

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“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn” – Gore Vidal
There are certain rules that surround seasonal attire, such as the golden law that only allows you to wear tights in months with an “R” in them (lovely, until you’re in London, standing at the bus stop with rain pouring down your sandals in late May) or the global ban on white socks and sandals. These unwritten laws that govern over good taste are not only time-consolidated and proven over and over again by recognised style icons, but they are also, often…complete and utter BS.

 

How do I know? Easy: I’ve been dressing wrong for the weather for as long as I can recall. Downpour and miniskirt? Just a few days ago. Scorching sun and oversized cable knit? Guilty as charged. Violent winds and Marilyn-style floppy skirt? God, that was embarrassing. But here’s the thing: every time I was underdressed, overdressed, or otherwise wrongly attired, I was still very happy with what I wore. And I remember those occasions – not because I was freezing or sweating or my feet were wet, but because my outfit had a thought behind it, beyond just “well it might get chilly, best get a cardigan”.

 

The darkest of dark

You know those Pinterest memes saying “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour”? Well, I’d add: and maybe not even then. Black is my all-time go-to wardrobe staple. Black is where I go for comfort and security. Black is my refuge, my fail-safe option. And my love for its safe embrace doesn’t end when the snows melt.

Wearing black in the summer is just One of Those Things. It’s not something you do. Summer is meant to be that magical time when we shed our dark layers and shimmy into something floral, lightweight, colourful. Which is obviously lovely. But it’s not the only way to do a summer look.  Proof below – vegan fashion bloggers FashionVeggie and Love and Blossoms.

 

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…both looking flawless in black. On a summer’s day, no less. They know that rules are made to be broken. They know that they look stunning. But most important of all, they know that they can go colour-blocked tomorrow – because fashion is limitless.

 What to wear, and how to wear it

Frankly, few things are as fabulous in the summer months as a dark, short-sleeved shirtdress. Like this one from Cleobella at Unicorn Goods. Or a relaxed jumpsuit like this one from Reformation. It’s sleek, it’s easy, it’s perfect. Worried about warmth? Fear not, black doesn’t have to mean sweat-fest – opt for a lighter-than-air, breathable fabric, short sleeves and floaty textures, and you’re saved.  Dare to reach for the black bag, or toss a black bomber jacket over your printed dress. Choose shoes as devastatingly dark as your sunglasses. You might be faced with questions of the “but how can you? In this weather?!” variety – but you can knowingly smile, resting in the safety of being the best-dressed person in the room. Come rain or shine.

 

This month I am watching…new episodes of Orange is the New Black. Isn’t everyone?

 

This month I am listening to...Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones (very much in tune with this article!)

 

This month I am reading…Wild by Cheryl Strayed

 

Photo of me by David Camilli. Photos of bloggers taken from their Instagram.

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Sascha Camilli

Founder and Editor

A passionate changemaker, Sascha Camilli is the founder and editor-in-chief of Vilda Magazine. Born in Moscow and raised in Stockholm, she has also lived in Los Angeles, London, Milan and Florence, before landing in her current hometown of Brighton, UK. She was chosen as one of Vegan Good Life Magazine’s Vegan Business Influencers of 2015 and nominated for Best Vegan Entrepreneur by Unicorn Goods Best of Vegan Awards 2017. She is also a Huffington Post blogger, THRIVE Career Mentor at Reading University and speaker at events such as VegFest and VegoVision Sweden. She loves to travel, do yoga on her sea-view balcony, and drink too much coffee.

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