Where are my rule breakers?? One thing I have learned by growing and working in the fashion industry is that you can pretty much throw the rules out the door. I mean, life is short, so why not wear what you want? And although there are still some ‘guidelines’ that help you look your best, I have listed a few rule myths below that were meant to be broken!
Rule Myth #1: Can’t Wear White After Labor Day
I am not going to lie, this was a rule that took a while for me to break. In my mind, white was a summery color, and this rule was to be followed strictly. BUT there came a time when I changed my mind for the better, and now I LOVE wearing beautiful winter whites! Some ways that I eased into this rule break was wearing off-whites, creams or ecru-like colors to help bring a little more color to my face during the wintery months. A good rule of thumb to follow is to still make sure it is seasonally appropriate. For example, wearing a white sweater in winter is a no-brainer, but wearing white converses when it is snowing outside might deserve another look 😉
Rule Myth #2: Can’t Mix Prints
My sister was always notorious for mixing prints (and still is), and I was always quick to be the annoying sister to say that does not match! I’ve come along way since then, and now this is one of my favorite rules to break. I love how you can add a ton of interest and depth to an outfit by layering on different prints. However, a good rule of thumb here is to make sure that the prints are still cohesive. To help keep them cohesive is to have similar colors or shapes that keeps the look on point.
Rule Myth #3: Can’t Wear Certain Colors Together
This is a popular myth that has hung around for quite some time! Now don’t get me wrong, when you mix colors that might not be perceived as cohesive (i.e. black/brown or black/navy), you have to make sure that it looks intentional. For example, if you wanted to mix black and brown, aim to have the colors look very distinguishable. If you have to wander if your skirt is black or brown by holding it to a light, then the colors are too close. This could look like you are trying to match instead of just having the colors complement. Instead, aim for a taupe or light brown, so that people can clearly see the difference between the black and brown pieces.
Rule Myth #4: Comfortable Can’t Be Cute
Comfort took a whole new meaning when the athleisure trend hit the market! And how could it not? For it to be socially acceptable to wear comfy yoga pants all day seemed like a present from the fashion gods. This trend not only allowed people to be comfy, but it also allowed people to not lose their fashion identity. However, this myth goes well beyond the obviously comfy categories and into other fun options. Companies have really been pushing themselves to provide cute and comfortable options from heels to intimate attire.
Rule Myth #5: Can’t Mix Jewelry Metals
This is a fun rule to break! Mixing metals has become an increasingly popular trend, and I am totally here for it! People have been breaking this rule from fun costume jewelry to their wedding rings. As the key with the other myths, it is important to make it look intentional. It is easier to wear this trend by wearing multiple of the same metal. An example could be wearing mixing several gold and silver rings together. it looks more like a mistake if you have 1:1 (i.e. gold earrings with one silver statement necklace)
I hope that I helped you myth bust these rules to help you grow and diversify your wardrobe! Would love to hear some of your favorite rules to break in the comments below.