Don’t be fooled by dated fashion rules! We’re busting the biggest sartorial myths.
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If history has taught us anything, it’s that fashion rules are made to be broken. Because the fact of the matter is, you can (and should) wear white after Labor Day and sequins are most certainly suitable for day. Want proof? It’s waiting for you just beyond this slide.
Photo credit: Collage Vintage
Fashion Myth #1: You Can’t Mix Patterns
We have the fun and fearless tastemakers of the fashion world—Solange Knowles and Susie Lao of Style Bubble, we’re looking at you—for putting this silly myth to bed.
We’re sure you have a pencil skirt, but what about one with an eye-catching print?
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Fashion Myth #2: You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day
What was once a mid-20th century fashion rule, simply doesn’t apply anymore—the abundant display of white-on-white-on-white on the F/W runways made sure of that. Plus, amidst a moody palette of blacks, grays, and blues, white feels surprisingly fresh and unexpected.
Use this snuggly sweater as a starting point for a monochromatic look, and add a pair of off-white jeans and heels.
Photo credit: Collage Vintage
Fashion Myth #3: You Can’t Wear Navy And Black Together
The original thought here was that the two colors just look odd together. And to that, we propose the following counterargument: they are each a neutral, and neutrals go with everything, therefore they go with each other. Just be sure to incorporate a mix of textures for a dynamic outcome.
Tiny Swarovski crystals give this architectural piece a welcome dose of glamour.
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Fashion Myth #5: Horizontal Stripes Are Not Flattering
Despite popular belief, horizontal stripes look good on most shapes; the key is picking the right kind of stripe and silhouette for your body type. If you tend to err on the slimmer side, a smaller stripe and fitted shape will give you the illusion of curves. If you have an hourglass figure, go for a thicker stripe and a relaxed fit.
Hugging you in all the right places, this striped number is as flattering as it is stylish.
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Fashion Myth #6: You Have To Match Your Bag To Your Heels
If you have a blue bag, your shoes should be the same color blue, right? Wrong! Let your fashion-forward flag fly and mix it up in the accessory department (you can do this with prints, color, or both). You’re guaranteed a visually intriguing look.
Can’t decide between zebra stripes or leopard print? Split the difference with these sexy sandals.
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Fashion Myth #7: Short Women Can’t Wear Long Dresses
There are trends short woman should avoid, but this is not one of them. Our advice? Skip the print—it can look like it’s wearing you, instead of the other way around—and stick to solid colors and a streamlined silhouette.
Fashion Myth #8: Sequins Are Only For After-Hours Looks
There’s something so cool about pairing a texture that is theoretically dressed up, like sequins, with a casual element, like a pair of boyfriend jeans or a t-shirt. That low-key piece instantly takes sequins out of the evening-only game and into daytime-appropriate territory, which we love.