Welcome to Liz Rulez. Where all of your fashion and cookie dreams will come true. Gird your loins! It's about to get real awesome in here.
I think to myself (and out loud to my boyfriend) at least once a day, 'hat or no hat?' whilst getting ready. Nine times out of ten, I say 'HAT!' Because why the heck not? I've worked in retail for longer than I'd like to admit, and it makes me so sad when customers ask me:
'Is this too young for me?'
'I can't do black and navy together, CAN I?!'
'My husband won't like this...'
My response is always a variation of:
'GIRL, you can do ANYTHING you want!'
And 'Well then, your husband doesn't have to wear it!'
There are no rules. Fashion is supposed to be fun, an expression of you, and an artistic statement. Sure, there are guidelines, and I'd probably prefer it if you weren't exposing yourself, but if it's legal, then hey man, more power to you. Women can be so close-minded when it comes to fashion, (and the opinions of their husbands, HMPH!) and it blows my mind. I forget that I am lucky that I can eyeball two weirdly opposite items and match them together immediately, but it is also my job to help others do the same. My personal fashion mantra comes from one of the greatest shows in television history, '30 Rock', and in my opinion is the predecessor of today's YOLO:
"Dress everyday like you gonna get murdered in those clothes."--Tracy Jordan
I wish that was more appropriate to tell to my customers, but you get the gist. Fashion knows no bounds. I have to remind myself of this all the time, and sometimes force myself to finally wear that 70's floral prairie maxi dress I bought on a whim in San Francisco...but I feel so good once I do. I also find that people respect you more when you take chances. I wear some pretty weird shit, but I always get compliments, if not for the style then for my bravery. And in my eyes bravery weighs more.
Life is too short not to wear ridiculous 70's floral prairie maxi dresses. Dress like nobody is watching....because if they were, that'd be weird.