Fashion’s FAQ: 7 Style Rules that No Longer Exist
Posted Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:06 AM GMT
No white after Labor Day? No mixing prints? Yeah right!
Essentially every rule your grandmother ever taught you about fashion has been kicked to the curb. Stylistas now have free reign over their wardrobes, possessing the ability to create an array of clothing combinations that, in the past, would have been deemed serious faux pas.
We pulled together seven sartorial guidelines women used to live by, and reasons as to why you should proudly disregard them. After all, rules were made for breaking ... right?
Old-School Rule #1:
You can’t wear white after Labor Day.
Come again? The black and white color combo is the most popular trend for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. So, rest assured, you’ll be seeing a lot of it. If you’re not comfortable wearing such a stark shade, opt for ivory and/or winter white options.
Old-School Rule #2:
Don't combine brown/navy blue with black.
Scratch that. Not only is this pairing one of our favorite color duos, but it's also a choice match-up for some of fashion’s biggest icons. Both are extremely sophisticated and classy looking, and are just the tones you want warming up your fall wardrobe.
Old-School Rule #3:
Don't layer silver jewelry with gold pieces.
Correction: DO layer the two together. Stacking jewelry looks fantastic, and when you combine gold and silver pieces, the final outcome is nothing short of chic. It’s a welcomed change from monochromatic looks, and is something we suggest you try out today!
Old-School Rule #4:
Don't mix your prints.
We know, we know: Mixing one busy pattern with another can be frightening at first, but the final outcome is normally quite fantastic. The key is to look for options that complement each other's hues — try to stick with the same color palette. Everything is fair game, too! You can pair stripes with animal prints, floral with paisley, or checkered versions with polka dots!
Old-School Rule #5:
Sequins are strictly for evenings.
No they most certainly are not! The glitzy embellishment can be worn both day and night — making it one of the most versatile dressy options on the market. To play it down during your 9-to-5, pair it with a simple collared top or a trendy sweatshirt and heels. Evenings are when you can show some skin with your sequins! Throw on a tank and some ankle strap heels and you’ll be looking haute, haute, haute!
Old-School Rule #6:
Don’t double up on color.
For years people said you couldn’t wear red on red, or black on black. However, that rule stands no more. Continuous color schemes are not only accepted, but also encouraged! You can also pair similar fabrics together, too. Denim on denim was huge for spring/summer and is a trend that’s sticking around for both fall and winter. The trick here is to be mindful of their washes — pair light with dark and vice versa.
Old-School Rule #7:
Your shoes, bag and belt should always match.
Negative. They do not have to match at all. If they do — great! It’s not wrong to maintain the same scheme throughout your outfit. We’re simply saying that it’s ok to mix things up a bit too! Try wearing an animal print belt with a bold handbag and/or booties adorned with buckles.