9 Style Rules You Should Break
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Style Guide1 of 10
While certain style rules should stay on the list (like not wearing socks with sandals), others are meant to be broken. Here are the top 9 clothing commandments, from not wearing white in winter to keeping your accessories color-coordinated, that we are giving you permission to break. If you don’t call the fashion police, neither will we!
Don’t wear white in winter2 of 10
While Mom may disagree, “winter whites” (think creamy cords, ivory cashmere coats or even a gorgeous white gown) make this age-old rule a thing of the past.
Never wear navy and black together3 of 10
This rule is a bit more complicated. For example, black shoes paired with navy socks ... not so much. But a chic navy dress accessorized with a black shawl, shoes or bag won’t alert the fashion police.
Don’t wear horizontal stripes if you want to look fit4 of 10
The current craze for nautical stripes puts this unnecessary rule to bed. Paired with cropped jeans and ballet flats, this look is irresistible.
Always match your shoes to your bag5 of 10
There is something to be said for not making your outfits too matchy-matchy, and this definitely applies to your shoes and bag. A neutral gray tote paired with black boots simply works.
Don’t mix prints and patterns6 of 10
Plaid, stripes, polka dots and paisleys may be a bit too much, but usually a strategic and subtle combination of prints will be pretty and unexpected.
Never wear sparkle during the day7 of 10
A little daytime glitter won't seem like too much if paired with subtle classics, such as a basic trench coat and heels.
It’s never OK to clash8 of 10
Actually, we think that clashing can be smashing! Look for colors that are on the same end of the spectrum (like this rust-and-fuchsia combo) to make this look work.
Maxi dresses are summer dresses9 of 10
Says who? Even a long, flowery dress should get some play in your winter wardrobe. When paired with boots, a blazer and a casually draped scarf, you've got a great boho-chic look.
Don’t mix black and brown10 of 10
Similar to our directions for wearing navy and black, mix up a sleek head-to-toe black outfit by throwing on a rugged and cool brown leather jacket.