If you’re like me, you grew up following strict fashion rules that controlled your wardrobe, like the larger than life “no white after Labour Day.” But where’s the logic? What did “white” do to offend fall and winter?
It’s time to throw these dated wardrobe rules that mom taught us to the curb. The old do’s and don’ts no longer apply, because today fashion applauds those who stray out of the box.
So let’s say goodbye to mythical faux pas like:
1. NO WHITE AFTER LABOUR DAY
Whether it’s white coats, bags, or clothing you can definitely wear white after Labour Day. As a neutral white looks great in every season and it’s easy to pair with other colours and styles. Not to mention white is a refreshing break from the darker tones we are so used to seeing come fall and winter. So throw on some whites and liven up your outfit.
2. SEPARATE YOUR SILVERS AND GOLDS
According to this rule silver and gold jewelry should never be worn together. How bland! Contrasting two metals is a simple way to add texture and interest to an outfit.
For even more spunk you can include a strand of pearls. So don’t shy away from experimenting with different metals, whether it be a gold watch with a silver bracelet, or a gold necklace and silver flats.
3. YOUR BAG AND SHOES MUST MATCH
This rule must have come into being when black was the only colour you could purchase shoes in. Today accessories are meant to liven up an outfit. With purses and shoes that come in so many fun prints, embellishments and colours, matching your accessories is a practice that had fallen to the wayside.
While your shoes and bag should complement your outfit, you no longer need to spend hours finding the exact same shade of brown for your shoes and bag.
4. NAVY AND BLACK CLASH
Navy and black are neutrals, meaning you can pair them with nearly anything. The solution when wearing these two colours is to make sure it looks intentional.
One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is by selecting a navy that is rich or lighter in colour so that it is easy to distinguish from black. In combining these two colours you get a sleek and slimming look—so what’s the downside?
5. MIXING PRINTS IS MESSY
Sure, if you combine two prints that are both competing for all the attention things are bound to look hectic. The key here is to make sure that one print is tamer than the other.
Style gurus everywhere have broken this rule, acknowledging that it’s more important that clothing “goes” than it does match. So feel free to layer different prints, just make sure that they are complementary or share a colour palette.
It’s time to break the rules. Start creating outfits that aren’t determined by passé style conventions. Instead, put together pieces that look and feel great on you, because the fashion scene of the 21st century wants you dive into the new and exciting!