The other day, my roommate pulled out a pair of white jeans and asked, "Am I OK to wear these now, even though it's before Memorial Day?" I laughed, and then I realized she was serious. Does anyone still follow that old rule that white is only a summer color?
To me, it seems like there really aren't any fashion rules these days. With designers bringing wilder looks to the runway every season (click here to see the craziest looks from Fashion Week), I've seen everything from head-toe-denim to polka dots mixed with plaid. It made me wonder what other old-school fashion rules we're all breaking now. I came up with these five, but tell me, are there any I'm missing?
Rule No. 1: You cannot wear white after Labor Day.
After some extensive research -- OK, a few hours of googling -- I could not find the source of this outdated rule. Some say it started as early as the 1920s, while others swear it's a '60s style that developed from high-class resort wear. Wherever the idea came from, it's totally wrong. These days white can work for almost any season and any item of clothing.
Rule No. 2: You should only wear pastel colors for Easter.
Until lately, pastels were a color reserved for Easter dresses and baby clothes. But now you can find chic clothes in everything from mint to cotton candy pink. This summer, rather than boring neturals, try a sherbet yellow or blue. I promise, you won't look like an Easter egg.
Rule No. 3: You cannot pair denim with denim.
These days it's completely acceptable to pair a chambray top with your favorite pair of Levis. While you may want to skip the denim shoes and purse, this look is casually chic and perfect for a breezy summer day.
Rule No. 4: You must match your handbags and shoes.
Matching your purse with your pumps is one of the oldest rules in the book -- and probably the most outdated. Most of us don't have the time -- or the desire -- to constantly change our handbag based on our shoe choice. And most of the time when you do color coordinate it just looks too matchy-matchy. If you want to keep your accessories in-sync, just pick colors in the same family.
Rule No. 5: You cannot mix two different prints.
This is one rule that, until recently, even I was afraid to mess with. Prints are usually bold, so it seemed a little intense to wear two different styles in one outfit. However, by choosing subtler prints in complementing colors, you can easily mix together printed items from your closet. Just follow this guide to mixing and matching your prints - otherwise you might look like you got dressed in the dark.
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