We debunk five of the most common styling myths.
When it comes to rules, fashion has them. Too many of them, in this fashion editor's opinion. Sometimes fashion magazines and websites can read more like rulebooks, filled with road maps on how to achieve "the look"—not to mention the myriad of rules that have been around since your grandma was kicking it in seamed stockings; it seems silly that we're still beholden to them. Real talk: there are no hard-and-fast rules about what you should and shouldn't wear.
So, I'm here to show you which five rules should be broken, no wait, smashed, into a million little pieces. After all, getting dressed should be fun, and rules are no fun at all.
1. Socks and sandals—do it!
We're not talking about tube socks and Tevas here. That look is strictly reserved for snowbirds and not recommended for daily consumption. But wearing a thin, sheer printed sock with a strappy sandal with a chunky heel is a major win, especial paired with a summery frocks or fall minded culottes. Go on, live a little!
2. Black and navy all over
It's hard to believe these moody colours were once forbidden from appearing together—they really are the Romeo and Juliet of the colour world. Jet black and inky navy work in pretty much any kind of ensemble, and help give you a thoroughly modern aesthetic.
3. Save sparkles for evening? Nope!
Blazers with a fresh dusting of sequins, sparkly slacks or tinsel fringed dresses—these embellished pieces used to be restricted to after dark. But not anymore. We're all about a good day sequin and believe there's no need to give up your shine. If you're new to sparkle and shine, incorporate little hits of it throughout your outfit; think metallic purses, embellished shoes and rhinestone trimmed collars—and steer clear of anything too tight and short.
4. Mixing prints all day long
Whether it's a stripe and a polka dot or leopard print and plaid, print mixing is now widely accepted on the catwalks—and on the sidewalks. Still feeling timid? Start off small by mixing prints with your accessories and always match at least one colour.
5. No white after Labor Day—as if!
You probably heard this one from your mother, but this is probably one of the most outdated "rules" out there. Sure, white linen should be saved for hot days spent beachside, but cozy winter white and ivory in knit sweaters and wool slacks are a sartorial standout come the chillier months. Even a pair of crisp white jeans is a wardrobe must, year round.