25 Fashion Rules to Break Immediately
At InStyle, we love teaching you our favorite tips and tricks for how to make getting dressed in the morning just a little bit easier. And maybe, even fun. Wanna know what's not fun? Annoying rules that you've heard your entire life about fashion: "Don't pair this with that." "Don't wear this color with that color." "Never wear this during that time of year."
Well, it's 2018, and we think those rules are ridiculous. Having a laundry list of do's and don't's is dated and will get in the way of you showing off your personal style. Here are 25 of the biggest rules you should immediately erase from your memory, and why.
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Don't Mix Prints
Don't Mix Metals
Have you been told not to pair a gold necklace with a silver chain? It's just not true. Metal combinations like rose gold with silver, or yellow gold with copper, is a great way to give your jewelry game some dimension.
Don't Wear Leather in the Summer
You spent so much money on your favorite leather jacket and you can't even wear it two seasons out of the year? That's ridiculous. Treat your leather jacket like a cardigan, wearing it over simple summer dresses or T-shirts and shorts.
Short Women Shouldn't Wear Long Skirts
Yes. Many maxi skirts and dresses will be too long for those who may be shorter than others. But tailoring the piece (or, depending on the material, taking a scissor to it yourself) will make it the perfect length for you, no matter your height.
Flats Should Be Worn With Casual Looks
Leggings Are Only For The Gym
Don't Wear White After Labor Day
Sequins Are For Eveningwear
Don't Mix Black and Blue
There's only one real rule when it comes to combining colors: neutrals always look great together. Blue and black, brown and black, anything plus black: you're safe.
Don't Show Your Bra
Do you remember how long you used to try hiding your bra straps from showing when you wore a tank top the summer of 8th grade? The worst. And now, we're telling you to show it with pride? Sheer pieces have become staples in our wardrobe. Feeling shy? Pair a sheer black shirt with a black sports bra for a less "in your face" look.
Fitted Clothes Are Unflattering If You're Plus-Size
There's this myth that if you're above a size 6, you should wear flowy, oversized clothes. But truth be told, that tends to make you look bigger. Plus, you lose out on being able to try some of the best trends. Wearing clothes that are well-fitted (not ten sizes too big!) and supportive is key in making you feel and look great.
Only Show Your Toes in the Spring/Summer
Sandals and peep toes are not just for the spring and summer months. A tiny peep toe can be totally cold-weather appropriate and layering a sock underneath (a pattern one, at that!) a sandal makes your favorite shoe seasonless.
Black is For Winter
Similar to how we just blew your mind and told you white was totally okay to wear in the winter, black is completely acceptable to wear in the middle of August. Finding lightweight black pieces may just be the best thing you ever did for your summer wardrobe.
Lingerie Should Stay In Your Bedroom
Of course, we don't want you running around the city wearing nothing but your bra and undies, but finding an understated way to wear lingerie outside of the house (i.e. pairing your favorite lace slip with a turtleneck underneath) is a street style go-to.
Fanny Packs Should Be Left in the Past
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Fanny packs are back (in a big way!) and aren't going away anytime soon. Some of our most favorite brands are putting their stamp of approval on the trend, from Gucci to Topshop. Not sure how to rock the trend? Scroll through this slideshow of our favorite celebrities wearing fanny packs. And then go shop.
Everyday Staples Should be Expensive
They say you should "invest in staples," and often times, we support that decision. But just because you're wearing said bag, shoe, or sweater every day does not automatically mean it has to cost you an arm and a leg. Some of our most beloved pieces that have lasted us seasons come from fast fashion retailers like Zara, and we never object to finding a steal on consignment sites like TheRealReal.
Don't Shop In The Men's Section
Are you going for the boyfriend jeans look? Give the actual men's section a try. We often find some of our favorite pieces in the men's section at department stores. Pro tip: The children's department also has great finds in boys sizes XL.
Sneakers Should Stay In Your Gym Locker
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Thanks to Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and Nike, sneakers are chic enough to wear with dresses.
You Can't Wear Suede in Winter
Gone are the days you can only wear suede in winter. Grab a bottle of Scotchgard and talk to your dry cleaner. It's as simple as that.
Always Match Your Shoes and Your Bag
Matching your shoes to your bag can offer a delightfully monochromatic look (see above). But it's an old-school concept and definitely not a rule that needs to be followed. Mixing patterns, textures, and colors is the fastest way to make your outfit more interesting.
Denim on Denim is a Faux-Pas
You don't need to go all Britney and Justin, here, but trust us, head to toe denim can look very chic. Playing around with different shades of denim or different textures is an easy way to break up the look. For more tips on how to test the trend, check out some of our favorite celebs wearing the Canadian Tuxedo.
Florals Are For Spring
Florals? For winter? Not so groundbreaking. Boho-chic favorite brands like Zimmermann and Rebecca Taylor have proven that florals can and should be worn year round. By finding pieces in darker shades or thicker fabrics, you can wear floral prints year-long. Need some tips? Look no further than our interview with Zimmermann designer, Nicky Zimmermann.
Don't Mix Seasons
Floral dresses don't have to go away when Fall hits. Learn about the power of layering and play around with some of your favorite pieces from "the wrong" season. Wearing a boho-chic flowing dress in winter with a chunky knit and boots could be your best look yet.
Shop Maternity When You're Pregnant
There are tons of great maternity brands (Hi, Hatch!) but for those of you that really can't imagine going to that section, invest in a few staples in larger sizes that will be cozy and fit your personal style. Post-partum, belt that favorite oversized buttoned down and wear it as a dress!
Horizontal Stripes Are Unflattering
Wide, horizontal stripes do not have to be unflattering. Find a horizontal stripe on a fabric that follows the shape of your body and gives you structure. A dress in a thick jersey knit is a perfect option.