Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

I used to cling to fashion rules. I loved them so much that I created a book of fashion don'ts when I was in middle school. As a current lover of fashion rule-breaking, I am ashamed to admit that following fashion rules was ever part of my past. But to be fair, I was only 12. 

I was bullied a lot when I was younger and I internalized a lot of it. My personal style was the only thing that I felt really confident about and I think "the rules" were my way of showing just how much I knew about fashion: no socks with sandals, no dresses with sneakers, etc. I felt like I had something to prove. 

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

But even though I knew the rules, I was never really following them. Why? Because I was a fat teen who still dressed how she wanted. I wear bright colors and prints. I wore pleather and short skirts. I broke the biggest plus size fashion rule of all: I refused to hide. 

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

I don't hide my body. I don't dress for my "shape." I wear what I want and it looks how it looks on my body because there's nothing wrong with my body. I don't shop exclusively for plus size women's clothes. This shirt is from the men's section. This jacket is actually a vintage size medium robe. 

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

And just to really stick it to my former rule book, I wore socks with sandals. Big thank you to photographer Benjamin A. Pete for helping inspire this look and push me to go back to my fashion roots of rule-breaking. Check out the outfit details and more images below!

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

OUTFIT DETAILS

Floral Robe, Vintage

Brooklyn Nets T-Shirt, Forever 21 (Similar from Amazon here)

Ripped Denim Jeans, c/o Rainbow

Pink Fishnet Socks, La Moda (Similar from ASOS here)

Gold Platforms, Boohoo (similar from Amazon here)

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

What are the fashion rules you once believed? How do you break them now? Let me know in the comments below!

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