Maine designers talk the ridiculousness of fashion ‘rules’


With a proper fit and confidence, comes style, according to Meagan Anderson, designer with LL Bean. “It should not follow any rules based on age, but instead a person should look for high quality items that flatter their body image and makes them confident [because] you have to feel good to look good," says Anderson. For Maine-based designer Michael Shyka, style and fashion are all about attitude and no one should let random lists of fashion “rules” dictate what they wear. Especially if those “rules” are based solely on age. “How horrible to dress according to what some lists is saying is right or wrong,” Shyka said recently from his Orrington studio. “Style is absolutely up to the individual and their comfort level [because] if a person feels comfortable with what they are wearing, it comes across looking good.” It’s when an outfit or article of clothing does not feel comfortable on the body, Shyka said, an individual should consider scrapping it, not when they reach some arbitrary age restriction. “It’s all about attitude,” he said. “And when you have the right attitude about something you are wearing that pleases you, that shows on your face.” Shyka, who designs prints and patterns used by clothing stores including Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Talbots, and is represented by a major New York City fashion agent, has no time for those age-based lists that crop up in publications from Oprah to Vanity Fair. Recently the online publication Lifescript published a list of fashion trends to avoid after a certain age. “Age is nothing but a number,” according to Lifescript. “Until it comes to clothes [and] in this case it acts as a helpful reminder that you’ve outgrown the latest trends” Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done Based on Lifescript and other listed suggestions, anyone over 35 should ditch “over the top” denim that is overly distressed or blinged out...

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