As an avid reader of this site and a general follower of all things style-related, you are a card-carrying member of an elite community of people known as “fashion girls.” You love clothes, you love shoes, you love bags—but above all, you love the lifestyle of fashion, from the extravagance of the parties to the chaotic frenzy backstage at runway shows , and everything in between.
And as card-carrying fashion girls, it’s time we all sit sat down and quickly go over the rules that keep us on-point and in-check from day to day. Keep scrolling to see the top 10 rules fashion girls should live by!
Fashion girls are obsessed with Instagram—whether it’s posting their own #ootds, shots from events, and snaps from parties, or just stalking the activities of other members of the style set. As such, your etiquette on Instagram is of the utmost importance—it’s never acceptable to be rude, shady, or just outright mean on the social media platform. That said, there are no hard-and-fast rules about likes for likes, follows for follows, and the like—feel free to curate your feed how you see fit, while always keeping in mind that what goes around comes around.
We’ve all been there—one unfortunate drop, and your phone screen looks like a mirror in front of Snow White’s Evil Queen. If this happens to you, your priority becomes fixing that screen as soon as humanly possible. Nothing looks more unprofessional or busted than having a cracked phone screen!
Listen, we get it: Sometimes you just want to flaunt all the designer goodies in your closet. Half the reason for dropping a ton of money on a bag is so you can show off that label—but in most instances, this is in poor taste. Besides, true fashion girls know what’s designer and what’s not, without needing a brand in their face.
In fashion, the importance of being kind and professional at all times cannot be overstated. You never know whom you’re around, and when people in the fashion community act poorly in public, word spreads fast. And you don’t want a bad reputation to walk in the door ahead of you, do you?
A humble brag, by definition, is when you casually slip into a conversation how awesome your life is—while also incorporating some self-effacing humour to make it seem like your life isn’t really that awesome. Good example: “I sat next to the most annoying guy in first class yesterday!” Eradicate these from your vernacular. They are just as annoying as a full-on brag.
No one wants to be around someone who is full of him or herself. It’s simply unpleasant— and, as previously mentioned, word spreads fast. It’s totally fine to think the world of yourself, but consider keeping some of that self-aggrandizing to yourself. Confidence is key, but over-confidence is dangerous.
At the end of the day, every fashion girl worth her salt knows that none of this is really that serious. While there’s certainly a lot of money tied up in the fashion world, it’s not like we’re curing cancer or doing brain surgery. So when it all starts to seem a bit overwhelming and your stress levels reach an all-time high, take a deep breath and remind yourself that no one is going to die because of anything you do (or don’t do).
If you want something, just ask for it—most of the time, you’ll get it. And even if you don’t, at least you can be at peace with yourself knowing you expressed your desires.
This one’s a bit riskier, but most of the time asking for permission serves little purpose aside from slowing you down—chances are, you’ll be allowed to do whatever it is you’re asking permission for. Just go ahead and do it, but know your reasons for proceeding. That way, if something comes back to bite you, at least you’ll know why you acted.
In the fashion world, seeing a person with a permanent scowl on her face is (sadly) a normal occurrence. Instead, stand out from the crowd by smiling at passers-by, strangers in the crowd, and literally everyone you come across. Smiling at others makes them feel good and encourages them to remember you—and (bonus!) it actually makes you feel better, too.
What are the rules you live by? Tell us in the comments below!