Why I (sometimes) ignore fashion


Leopard wedge
£35 – axparis.co.uk

Topshop black jewelry
£5 – rubyredboutique.co.uk

Punk jewelry

Peacock hair accessory
€354 – luisaviaroma.com

You’re probably scratching your head and wondering, “What on Earth is she talking about, now?!” And, you’d be right … as a lifelong fashionista, I adore clothes, bags, jewelry and heaps of shoes, shoes, shoes! But, I admit that sometimes, I ignore fashion.

According to Michael Kors (designer extrordinaire and my favorite judge on Project Runway) there’s a difference between “fashion” and “just clothes.” And that’s exactly where I run into a problem.

You see, I live in the real world, not on a runway. And while I might admire that leopard print cat suit, goldfish embellished wedges, or fuchsia feathered boa as art, these are items you’ll never find in my closet.

Why do designers ignore the fact that real women need real clothes? Very few of us (myself included) are as tall, and thin, and young as the average fashion model. Who actually looks good in say, harem pants? Or bondage-inspired swimsuits? Or shrunken prep-school blazers?

As a younger woman, I jumped on every trendy bandwagon out there. And, a tour through my old photo albums is, ummm, … a little scary. Did I really think an asymmetrical haircut was flattering? Or how about those black combat boots? The neon orange sweater? I am not making this up!

Today, I stick with what works for my age, my body type, and my personal style. I still experiment with new styles and colors, but ultimately, if I really don’t like a trend, I simply ignore it. And I think you should, too!

Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and The Best Christmas Ever! 


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    We so agree with you about ignoring some style trends. You made me laugh out loud. Not everything is for everyone! There are so many choices, and it is important to personalize fashion for you and your lifestyle.

    Thanks for a great article!

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