Breaking The Rules

Breaking the rules, no not in a non law abiding way , but in a way that would upset the fashion police.
Today’s outfit breaks two of those rules that once I would maybe have thought mattered but not any longer,
another of those joys of getting older not caring about trivial rules.
My number one rule breaker , putting gold and silver together, I know tsk.tsk. and the second wearing
different shades of black together, this one never worried me but over the years I have read this is a no-no.

Showing the silver detail on the sleeve of my coat and in my beads, the coat or long jacket , I’m not quite sure how to describe it., also has a silver fleck through the fabric. I am pairing this with my gold studded gloves .Now I know if I were a true purist the gloves would have had silver studs but I owned these and I quite like how they work together.The saying opposites attract springs to mind.

Turning my back on all those silly rules, we all know the ones , especially those that we once were supposed to embrace as we aged, is such a liberation. I know I will continue to play with my clothes as an expression of self hopefully for as long as I continue life’s dance.

 A little chill in the air this morning meant an outing for this hat that I purchased late last Winter.

Today I am wearing my pants from Moyuru with a black top from Paula Ryan, coat from Style Butler,
gloves from Ted Baker, hat by Max Alexander , shoes Robert Clergerie.

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.



  1. Melanie
    May 4, 2015 / 7:31 am

    This outfit screams New York to me but I am so happy that you are wearing it where you live! The unique architecture of each piece is exciting. And rules? Puh. You are singing my tune here. I was always worried about that silver/gold rule and I never even knew the one about black, whew.

  2. Jill James
    May 4, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Thank you Melanie, Launceston is so far away from New York on so many levels . Those silly rules always meant to be broken I say.

  3. Mrs C
    May 4, 2015 / 9:26 am

    There are always some unpaid, unqualified fashion police somewhere. All sorts of rules. the best I've heard is – do not wear a black handbag with brown shoes. I was like WHAT? Hats off to you for having the guts! 🙂

  4. Jill James
    May 4, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Oh yes I remember the black and brown rule, a combination I quite like so I have always ignored that one.Glad you ignore the rues too.

  5. Tine Jensen
    May 4, 2015 / 10:17 am

    Let make a new fashion rule: Don't be boring! This is such an interesting outfit, the different textures, that gives every piece it's own "colour", the contrast between warm and cold in the metals, and of course your attitude :-)Your necklace is lovely, a worthy substitute for bangles! The shoes are a better version of mine from Irregular Choice, needless to say I love them 😀

    • Jill James
      May 5, 2015 / 10:44 am

      I agree , don't be boring is the best fashion rule of all. I think you and I share a taste for many similar things.Thank you for your kind words, Tine.

  6. Tiina L
    May 4, 2015 / 11:31 am

    This is such a high fashion look, who cares about 'rules'? You look like you should be on the cover of Vogue. And those gloves are seriously badass.

    • Jill James
      May 5, 2015 / 10:48 am

      Thank you Tiina, such compliments indeed. I must admit when I first saw these gloves I knew they had to be mine.

  7. Patti
    May 4, 2015 / 11:52 am

    You break the "rules" so beautifully, Jill. And you look fabulous in this outfit, I am loving the hat. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

    • Jill James
      May 5, 2015 / 10:49 am

      Thank you Patti, always a pleasure to join with Visible Monday.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    May 4, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Jill, this is one of the most amazingly creative, inspired and beautiful outfits I've ever seen in my life – love it so much! I applaud to your unbelievable sense of Style! You are the Queen! With much love xxxxx

    • Jill James
      May 5, 2015 / 11:03 am

      Natalia you are so very kind, I am pleased you enjoyed my version of breaking the rules, I am sure this outfit will get many outings over the next few months. Thank you my dear. xx

  9. Natalia Lialina
    May 4, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    PS Would you please drop me a line – inthewriterscloset at gmail dot com? I have something to discuss with you, but I couldn't find your email address anywhere on the blog. 🙂

  10. Vix
    May 5, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Breaking the rules? Hell , yes! I can see the Fashion Police positively imploding at the sight of you in your fabulously don't-give-a-damnery! You looks fantastic. Love everything. xxx

    • Jill James
      May 5, 2015 / 11:08 am

      Thank you Vix, I am sure you agree that rules are always meant to be broken. I appreciate your visit, xx

  11. diaryofapennypincher
    May 5, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    I hope if those fashion police ever come calling, you tell them where to go! Seriously gorgeous hat and I particularly like shades of black, so classy! xxx

    • Jill James
      May 6, 2015 / 3:37 am

      I certainly will send them on their way, thank you for your always kind comments.

  12. Jessica Jannenga
    May 5, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    I think you were influenced by Suzanne Carillo's "Badas*" Blogger post! You look great!!I love the look and go right ahead and mix metals, rules that silly are meant to be broken! Love the details on you gloves and the jacket!! Clothes are just that a means of expression, you do itquite well!Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess

    • Jill James
      May 6, 2015 / 3:40 am

      Thank you Jess for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday. Even though I have read Suzanne's post , I was certainly not influenced by it , I think her style and mine are poles apart.

  13. Laurie Duncan
    May 6, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    i think most fashion rules are meant to be broken! They are usually just plain silly, I mean why not wear different shades of black together! And you where black so well, great outfit! 🙂

    • Jill James
      May 7, 2015 / 9:33 am

      I agree Laurie, we should continue breaking those silly fashion rules. Thank you so much Laurie.

  14. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    May 7, 2015 / 2:15 am

    Rules were made to be broken. Metallics are neutrals. Neutrals go together with themselves and with everything else.I really like the variations on black and metal, and your Moyuru pants always make me smile; they are so you! And that hat is absolutely to die for!

    • Jill James
      May 7, 2015 / 9:40 am

      Thank you Alicia, I had never thought of metals as neutrals but it makes sense to me.With Winter arriving I know this hat will make more appearances. Have a great week.

  15. Lorna mai ltd
    May 7, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    Your hat and Ted Baker studded gloves are amazing. You're so glamorous and chic! Love the whole look.

  16. Jill James
    May 13, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Thank you so much , I knew the moment I saw these gloves they would be mine. Your comments are too kind.

  17. dan
    May 14, 2015 / 5:48 am

    I have often thought the same, Jill! Not caring of breaking rules really is one of the great advantages of getting older!! And your look reveals you were right… I will try to wear gold and silver together too! Very inspiring tip, dear!! 🙂

  18. Jill James
    May 14, 2015 / 9:32 am

    I am glad you agree with me about breaking those silly rules, the joy of being older. I will see with interest how you combine silver and gold, no doubt in one of your many necklaces.

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