Fashion is supposed to be fun and reflect who you are. I keep reading about this rule and that rule and think to myself, why should we follow rules when they are telling us to dress like who we are? And as common sense says, rules are meant to be broken. Specially when it comes to fashion, what to wear or not. Of course there are limits that, even the most common of senses know, should not be broken. Here are the fashion rules you should break.
Why? Why should we take off one accessory? Is a lot too much? If we decided to put them on in the first place we should leave the house confident enough to wear them until we come back. Trust me, our first instincts are always the right ones.
2. red and pink clash
Do they? Do they really? I mean, I believe in fashion you can do almost anything you want, as long as it’s done right and looks classy. I remember a while back seeing a red Valentino pencil skirt on net-a-porter, combined with a pink Gucci cashmere knit and how gorgeous they looked together. Don’t be scare of taking color risks. The same goes for navy and black, black and brown.
3. wearing just silver or just gold jewelry
I used to obey this rule and now I don’t see the point. I’ve been mixing gold and silver necklaces without any combination in mind other than lengths. Don’t worry if the zippers in your bag are golden and your necklace and rings are silver, they look perfectly good together.
It can seem like a no-no but it’s actually a yes-yes. There’s no problem in mixing different patterns in different items you’re wearing. The most common one is leopard with stripes and it completely works. Even if your skirt has a pattern and your t-shirt another, go for it. Shows boldness and a fudge-the-police-attitude.
5. you can’t wear black to a wedding
Why the freaking not? Black is a highly elegant, sophisticated and classic color that should be wearable at all times. Paired with a bright and colorful pair of shoes and the right accessories, people won’t even notice you’re wearing black.
6. denim on denim is another no-no
I used to feel the same way, until I paired my best pair of skinny dark blue jeans with my Madewell light denim shirt and voilá, I had a cute, effortless outfit that paired with beautiful pumps or relaxed sneakers works. Whether going for a night out, vernissage or coffee.
I think we’ve established they are not. If I’m walking all day and don’t want to go in sweat suits, I’m definitely taking my trusty sneakers that don’t hurt, cause blisters or make it impossible for me to walk. I have a dozen pair of sneakers and my collection keeps getting bigger and bigger. We just have to know how to pair them.
8. you should always match your shoes, bag and belt
Yes, if we were in the 2000’s, that would make a lot of sense. Everyone was always match-y match-y but it felt boring and that’s why it didn’t last that long. I remember matching my red adidas with my red shirt and my red bag. Again, be bold and brave and try different combinations because you might actually like it better.
9. red lipstick is only for evening
It used to be. Now girls everywhere are wearing it early morning, to lunch, to meetings, to school. But be careful, when wearing a bold lip, make sure the rest of your make-up is natural-looking and your overall look sharp and modern, without too many accents.
10. don’t mess with different proportions
Yes, do mess with proportions. A long jacket looks good with a mini-skirt, a huge shirt looks great underneath the right knit. There’s no wrong in messing with the proportions of your outfit. Pretty much like wearing a dress over jeans or a long t-shirt over shorts.
This rule I’ve been breaking for years, it all depends on the fitting. When you’re trying on clothes, make sure to get what fits you best. Sometimes a size up will look better, for example on a shirt, and a size down will look way better on a tight skirt. It’s all relying on your preferences.
12. High waist paints are unflattering
I can assure you they are not. True, they have to be worn in specific types of bodies, by try different ones. I have a pair and it’s a look that fits me like a glove because of my slightly broad hips and tiny waist below my chest.
13. An old coat should be thrown away
Never. If the details or the shape are looking out of date, take the coat to a tailor or DIY. Change the buttons, add a pocket, close an existing one, cut it short. Make sure you know how to do it or ask someone to do it for you.
I’ve said it before that we are lucky enough to be able to wear men inspired clothes or even actual men clothes. I’ve been criticized – sometimes – for wearing certain items that look like men clothes or shoes but I actually don’t care because, paired with the right pieces, it makes you look chic, classy and a bit powerful.
Images from my Pinterest board.