How to Spell Gabbana: Five Timeless Fashion Rules

Written by Mariem ELTagoury

Fashion; a general term for popular style or practice and is almost always related to clothing, accessories and the likes. In spite being considered a very superficial topic – we can’t deny that – there is something extremely seductive about fashion. Maybe that lies in its power to transform people to sophisticated images, its ability to make a social statement, or just that it allows a person room for wordless self-expression. Fashion has evolved to become not just a term for clothing, but an art, a college major, and perhaps a science in itself; making it an intimidating world for some. If you are one of those people, you need not fret since fashion can always be fun, exciting, and a unique way to express who you are. I’ll be helping you around all the tight spots with fashion tips & advice.

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same” – Coco Chanel

I thought I’d start with a quote by a woman who was the only fashion designer to be named on TIME Magazine‘s 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Coco Chanel. Today everyone is talking fashion but very few people mention style. Is there a difference? Of course there is! A classic suit is stylish, a neat shirt & skirt are stylish so what’s fashion? That’s where the trends come in. Your comfy leggings & hot knee high boots weren’t around back in the 90’s when we were kids. That’s fashion! It evolves & changes but style; as Chanel explains, ‘style remains the same’. So here’s a list of five timeless fashion rules that will never go out of style. I’m sure some of you fashionable ladies have heard them before but it never hurts to remind ourselves every once in a while.

1. The LBD


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The Little Black Dress (LBD) was introduced by Coco Chanel in American Vogue in 1926. Since then, it has become a closet staple for every stylish girl.  If you don’t own a LBD then I’m sorry to say that your closet is extremely lacking! A LBD can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. This is a piece that will last with you forever (of course the more you splurge on the dress, the longer it will last with you). If you have extra cash on your hands, I’d recommend you buy several LBD’s for different seasons. If not, buy one that can be easily converted from summer to winter.

2. The hourglass shape

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I know all the models nowadays are stick thin but, like it or not, nothing beats the hourglass shape. It’s simply one of these rules that defines itself. Marilyn Monroe is one of these fashion icons that rocked this shape best. Her sexy curves had men of her days lust for her & women till this day turn green with envy. Same goes for the Egyptian version, Hind Roustom. So if you have a curvy body; don’t shy away or drown yourself in unnecessary diets instead, show off those curves & be proud! If you’re not blessed with this shape, add definition to your waist with a high waist skirt or even better, take a leaf out of Tuba Büyüküstün’s book & add a belt.

3. Dark, over-sized sunglasses


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Nothing says sophisticated elegance like a pair of over sized sunglasses. I know aviators & wayfarers have been the “in” thing lately but out of all fashion trends, only the “Jackie O’s” have survived the test of time. No matter what era we’re in, those over-sized lens never die out. It doesn’t matter what face shape you’ve got, there’s always a pair for you. Another bonus, if you’ve been up all night or just don’t feel like putting make up on, pop on a pair of these babies & you’re ready to go (remember Om Kolthoum’s trademark glasses)!

4. Have confidence in your flaws (I prefer to call it your



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This might be the most important point I’ll mention today. You’ve probably been told as a kid by your grandma or great grandparent or some great aunt, that the ideal women should have blue eyes, fair flawless skin, an adorable smile, straight strong teeth ( in case your mother-in-law tests them using nuts), a tall figure and a small waist. Unfortunately, we must admit that 100% of all the women in the world DON’T have all these features…at least not all at once! Regardless to your respectable ancestors’ words, I beg to differ. Every woman is beautiful in her own unique way. You are beautiful because you are unique; not because you measure up to some ideal beauty points some idiot sat down and made a century ago! Embrace your flaws uniqueness and remember your beauty is like a combo package; if you were missing a single detail of who you are, you would not be the beautiful you. Think of all the famous beautiful women who accepted their flaws as uniqueness – Audrey Hepburn’s long nose, Kate Hudson’s flat chest, Madonna’s gaped teeth, Angelina Jolie’s large lips and Julia Robert’s big mouth. Do you think they would have been recognized worldwide without their individual features? I doubt it. They would have been quite plain without them. So be proud of your flaws & don’t let them break your self confidence. After all to be stylish, you have to be confident!

5. Imperfect = I am perfect!


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I know it’s a cliché but I couldn’t find a better way to describe it. That look that says ‘I just rolled out of bed & pulled this on’; there’s something so chic & effortless about not being perfect. Distressed jeans, messy hair, leaving something unbuttoned, mismatching shoe laces; the possibilities are endless. Not only is the imperfection theme one of those hot vibes in the fashion industry, but it’s also pointless to try to be perfect. Let’s face it! Those polished looks aren’t that easy to pull off & never work for college life. A distressed look is always easier to pull off & many mistakes will be forgiven hidden under this look. Need inspiration just take a glimpse of Kate Moss: no one says imperfect & stylish like this babe.

What do you think?

These are the rules of timeless style I could think of, my apologies if there are any others I have missed out. What are your favorite timeless style rules? Who are your fashion idols? Which fashion enigma would you like us to decipher next? Please, share with you thoughts in the comments section. You could always send us your thoughts as well at [email protected]


About Mariem El Tagoury

I am a graduate from German University Cairo. Reading novels is my passion and writing is my release. My guilty pleasures include fashion & playing around with my make-up kit. A couple of years back when I was introduced to the online world, back in 2007; I was quite surprised that in spite of the presence of thousands of young Egyptians who follow the online sphere daily, there wasn’t one site that represented us or our lifestyle. [Later we’d come to see the rise of the political, religion, social-elite, and foodie websites, but still the voice of the average Cairene youth was missing.] I was glad to find out that I wasn’t the only one who had the feeling of the outsider on the internet, that’s why I decided to gather a team to fill a gap & finally find our place online and give Cairo’s youth a real voice that reflects its true culture. I hope you find our site interesting with a new view of life. Besides running the magazine & editing, I write the “Sans Sugarcoating” column, pardon my french, and a couple of other stuff around here! If you want to contact me, my email is [email protected]; you can also use our contact form or email directly to [email protected]

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