The 14 Style Rules You Should Break

Mothers everywhere have steered their budding fashionistas away from many a faux-pas (bedazzling everything we owned), and for this we are eternally grateful. But sometimes mother doesn’t always know best, and we’ve compiled the archaic style rules that are much more fun to break.    

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  • Who doesn’t love a challenge? Here are 14 chic, approachable outfits to inspire you. 

  • Camille Charrière of Camille Over The Rainbow
    Photo credit: Camille Over The Rainbow

    Sneakers Should Never Leave The Gym

    Giving your feet a break doesn’t mean you have to look sloppy. Sneakers look great outside the gym, just ditch the socks and wear with a crisp button-down, cropped pants and a tailored coat for a pulled together weekend look. 

     

    Camille Over The Rainbow

  • Erin Wasson
    Photo credit: Vanessa Jackman

    Sequins Are Only For The Evening

    If you weren’t convinced by our most recent Trend Trial, take a cue from Erin Wasson and mix a sequin piece with simple separates, like a white tee and jeans. Sequins also pair brilliantly with army green, so try layering a chunky sweater and army jacket over your holiday dress to give it a new lease on life. 

  • Karolina Kurkova
    Photo credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Navy And Black Clash

    The trick here is to make sure that it looks intentional. Do this by choosing a rich blue navy that is clearly distinguishable from the black, and the result is actually a very flattering, and slimming, combination. 

  • Rachel Bilson
    Photo credit: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

    Shorter Girls Can’t Wear Midi Skirts

    Select a style that highlights the waist and hits just below the knee, choose eye-catching heels and a more fitted silhouette—leave the super poofs for your tall friends. 

  • Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What
    Photo credit: We Wore What

    Head-to-toe Denim Is A No-No

    A denim shirt tucked into fitted, cropped jeans provides a great canvas for a bold statement coat. Trepidatious beginners should try mixing different shades of denim.  

  • No White After Labor Day

    Winter white is universally flattering and a breath of fresh air in a crowd of black cocktail dresses. Flaunt your adventurous nature by pairing it with white accessories. 

  • Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty
    Photo credit: Natalie Off Duty

    Socks With Sandals Are For 80’s Tourists

    You can wear your open-toed sandals in the winter—what more do we need to say? After all, are tights really that different from pants and socks in the same color?  Nope!

  • Street style
    Photo credit: Vanessa Jackman

    Faux Fur Looks Cheap

    Not anymore, thanks to all of the fabulous new and very realistic versions that are on offer. Opt for a scarf or collar in a natural color (read: no orange) and it will add something special to an all-black winter outfit.   

  • Daisy Lowe
    Photo credit: Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic for J. Crew

    Your Bra Should Never Show

    Not that we suggest strutting around in a fishnet top, but sometimes a suggestion of lingerie under a slightly sheer blouse is an alluring alternative to exposed skin. Keep everything else ladylike and choose a high-necked blouse, or let a delicate bra peek out from a silk button-down. 

  • Street style
    Photo credit: Stockholm Street Style

    Horizontal Stripes Add 10 Pounds

    Lies! If you feel unsure, keep the stripes on the skinny side and slip on a blazer, denim jacket or coat so that the striped expanse is limited. 

  • Ella Catliff
    Photo credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images

    Mixing Prints Looks Messy

    Only if they are both competing for first place. Make sure one print is more sedate than the other, ideally by choosing a smaller pattern or a more muted color palette. Beginner tip: pick prints in the same color family. 

  • Leandra Medine of Man Repeller
    Photo credit: Man Repeller

    Gold and Silver Jewelry Don’t Go Together

    The contrast looks fresh. Throw in a strand of pearls for even more interest. 

     

    Man Repeller

     

  • Sara of Collage Vintage
    Photo credit: Collage Vintage

    Your Belt And Shoes Must Match

    Perhaps this rule was conceived when shoes were only made in black or brown? In today’s world of printed and embellished accessories, it seems completely ridiculous. If this feels unnatural, start with different colors of the same fabrics—you wouldn’t pair a grosgrain belt with patent pumps—and contrasts like tan and black or plum and navy. 

  • Rihanna
    Photo credit: Larry Busacca/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP

    Always Remove One Accessory Before Leaving The House

    Sometimes more is more, particularly if you are receiving an award. A covered-up cold weather outfit provides a perfect chance to pile on the dazzlers, just abide by one overarching aesthetic. 

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