Laine Hourigan ’21

Let’s keep it short and simple. Clothes. We all wear them. Rules. We all have to follow some. Clothes and rules, more correlation than one may anticipate. Fashion rules dictate the lives of many. Do the rules all serve a purpose? Yes. Should all the rules be followed? No. 

  1. White Should not be worn after Labour Day. Whoever made this rule had the audacity to tell brides: “Sorry your wedding is after Labour Day, you can’t wear a white dress.” Must have been a rule set by a man. White is just a color, well actually it’s a lack of color, but you get the point. No season has possession of a color, no person gets to choose when and where a color is worn. Well of course that unless you’re a guest at a wedding, if the bride is wearing white DO NOT WEAR WHITE. If white is your favorite color, wear it all fall and winter long. If your favorite sweater is white, wear it to stay warm in the snow. White gives a sense of sleekness and class to an outfit no other colors can, why limit it just to summer? White should and can most definitely be worn all year long. 
  2. Words on shirts are tacky. Just slap that phrase onto a shirt and the irony would make it worth wearing. Understandably some phrases are going to sit better with some audiences better than others, but that is part of life. For goodness sake the constitution gives each person the freedom of speech and expression, safe to say words on a shirt is protected legally. In some cases phrases promote a message. Elections are advertised through slogans on shirts, protestors are united through matching shirts, people are even found having a good laugh from a joke made on a shirt. No matter the purpose, words on a shirt are justified simply by having a purpose. 
  3. Dresses are only for women. Harry Styles is the exception to many rules, but every male qualifies to be the exception for this rule. As the world opens up to changing gender identities and accepting gender as a social construct, the world is going to have to accept men in dresses. Clothes are an opportunity for self expression and society sure as heck is going to have to get used to any individual of any identification expressing their feminine side through dresses. A dress is basically pants with the inseams cut open and a shirt sewn to the waist. To those who fail to see the reasons for this rule needing to be broken, don’t wear a dress or cry a river and get over it. 
  4. No socks with sandals. Definitely a bold statement. Even bolder when done with heels. Bold is a definite way to explain the choice. Now is it fashionable? That’s up for interpretation. In the end, who cares. It’s just socks and socks are meant to be worn with shoes. At least toes are being covered and feet are staying warm, right. 

If the point has managed to land right on your nose and fly away without recognition, it’s just clothes. Breaking rules give people a sense of freedom. So many other rules are broken, rules that are put in place to keep others safe. What makes these rules any different? Fashion rules are not for anyone’s safety, so there is no harm in breaking them. For the rule followers out there, follow them. It might even satisfy the urge to be perfect. Dressing as one pleases, whether it means breaking or following the variety of rules the “Fashion Police” created, should be the only rule to follow.

Photo Credit: Fashion Fix Daily

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Laine Hourigan

Laine Hourigan, junior, has always found a love for both reading and writing. She loves semi-autobiographical literature as it shows readers the life of the author while still allowing for imagination to run its own course. Her favorite book is Pay It Forward written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Laine is involved in both swimming and water polo. In her free time, she manages to find herself back in the water as she enjoys going to the beach and being around family and friends. Laine is very excited to develop her writing skills in order to use them in her future career.