Alexandra Owens, Allure magazine
I saw a gossip item online about Vera Wang's divorce-and it speculated that the black wedding dresses in her most recent bridal collection (that's one of them, above) were some kind of doom-and-gloom foreshadowing. Fact is, Vera Wang has always broken bridal traditions-and ignoring the old saying "Married in black, you'll wish you were back" makes total sense for a woman who brought a new level of chicness to an often-tacky industry. A modern bride can wear gray, pink, or anything in-between and still look stunning and, of course, stay happy. I mean, I think we can safely assume that Dita Von Teese's divorce from Marilyn Manson had nothing to do with her incredible purple Vivienne Westwood gown.
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But wearing white on your wedding day is far from the only outdated style law, and it's a good thing that a lot of them lately are getting turned on their heads. Remember when making your lipstick and your nails the same color was hopelessly matchy-matchy? Not when Ginnifer Goodwin did it recently-she painted her lips and nails a bright fuschia without clashing or looking like a debutante. Bright eyeliner, like Pat McGrath's electric blue cat-eyes at the fall 2012 Anna Sui show, and nail art, such as the new Caviar manicure, don't look tacky or cheap, but are a fun way to experiment. And showing your roots, when done well à la Drew Barrymore's ombré hair, is now chic, not lazy.
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What beauty and fashion rules do you think were made to be broken?