Okay, so we all grew up thinking that mom knew best when she was dressing us. When we started to grow up and think for ourselves, however, we realized that many of her old-school fashion rules were simply outdated. Fashion is becoming much more laid-back, allowing for more variation and experimentation. Some of the fashion rules that grandma and mom adhered to simply need to be reconsidered and given another chance in the 21st century.
These are the “Fashion Rules” that have been tossed out the window:
1. Don’t Wear White after Labor Day.
I simply cannot comply with this rule since white is such a striking and crisp color. White compliments almost any outfit. As the years go on, this rule is continuously broken – look at all the winter whites that have appeared on recent runways. So go ahead and wear your white heels with that adorable navy blue dress, or pair that white body-con with your best white coat this winter. The only time I would advise not to wear white is to a wedding . . . unless you are the bride!
2. Don’t Mix Black with Navy or Browns.
I break this rule on a daily basis, but for others this is going to be a hard rule to shake. If you aren’t ready to dive head first into this style, don’t worry; I have a way to ease you in. Break up the black and the browns or blues with neutral colors. For the blue + black combo, I tend to separate them with a grey accent piece, while the black + brown combo is easily broken up with a beige. See? I’ve got you covered.
3. Stay Away from Mixing Metals.
I see no reason why we can’t layer different metals against one another, especially during fall when various shades of browns and oranges are being worn. Why not also compliment different shades of metals? The defiance to this out-dated rule has allowed for more personal expression and adds a little something special to your style.
4. Always Match Your Purse to Your Shoes.
This is such a boring rule when there are so many different purse patterns and colors that can make an outfit stand out above the rest. Take note from any street style guru or blogger babe who mixes and matches prints and patterns with ease. Even adding a patterned purse or a bright, bold clutch to a minimalistic look can bring your whole outfit together. Why limit yourself when there are so many amazing purse options out there?
5. Don’t Wear Socks with Shoes.
Okay, we all know that Birkenstocks with socks is a major fashion no-no, but heels and socks? Yes, please. This look is major perfection and continues to give ladies liberation in their style choices. Wear some adorable peep-toes with a solid-colored pair of tights. How could you not love socks with a pair of cute ankle-strap heels or the perfect wedge? It adds such a girly appeal to any look.
6. Avoid the Canadian Tuxedo.
This is still easily able to go very very wrong, but worn the right way this look can knock your socks off! Trick of the trade: it’s easier to wear if one of your denims is at least two shades darker than the other. The farther apart the denim shades are, the easier this look is to pull off. I’ll let you guys in on another little secret: my Canadian tuxedo of choice is on a well dressed man. Yum.
7. Don’t Wear Leather or Suede During Summer.
Not being able to wear my fringed vegan leather bag with a cute pair of shorts and my favorite Rolling Stones tee during summer? Are you crazy?? I also love to wear leather sandals and some tall suede boots with shorts when it is warm out. Honestly, I’m ignoring this one.
Of course there are many other fashion faux pas that still exist (awkard turtle necks, VPL, “cliff hangers,” and long sleeves under summer dresses are a few of my peeves), but now you know these are the seven rules you are allowed to break. Basically, just wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! You don’t have to follow any old-fashioned rules any longer: we are a new generation, ladies!
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