Don’t be fooled by dated fashion rules! We’re busting the biggest sartorial myths.
8 Fashion Myths Debunked
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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.
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Topshop Floral Check Tee ($72)
Ease your wardrobe into spring now with this tropical-print tee.
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ASOS Pencil Skirt In Scratchy Check Print ($71)
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.
Image from 5 Inch and Up
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Paige Indio Zip Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans ($199)
Zipper detailing gives white denim a touch of cool-girl edge.
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Theory Corbit B Top ($215)
Use this snuggly sweater as a starting point for a monochromatic look, and add a pair of off-white jeans and heels.
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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.
Image from Collage Vintage
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Zara Combined Shirt ($36)
Thanks to a contrast placket, this navy button-up is anything but basic.
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H&M Flared Skirt ($30)
A swingy, mid-thigh skirt is perfectly preppy and flirtatious.
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Fashion Myth #4: You Can’t Wear Gold And Silver Jewelry Together
We never really understood this one, especially since the contrast of gold and silver together makes for one heck of a style statement on your wrist, fingers, and around the neck.
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Tory Burch Zander Skinny Stud Cuff ($137)
Layer this chunky cuff with a series of skinny bangles and a menswear-inspired watch for an editor-approved army party.
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Vita Fede Mini Omega Crystal Bracelet ($350)
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.
Image from Stockholm Street Style
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T by Alexander Wang Striped Dress ($210)
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.
Image from Sincerely Jules
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Alexander Wang Marion Cross Body Bag ($725)
In mint green, Alexander Wang’s cross-body bag spells spring with a capital S.
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Rachel Roy Larson Leopard Print Sandals ($295)
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.
Image from Golden Diamonds
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MICHAEL Michael Kors Drawstring Silk Maxi Dress ($325)
This minimal maxi dress has maximum potential.
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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.
Image from Sincerely Jules
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Rachel Zoe Nichols Striped Sequined Top ($350)
Sequin stripes and leather sleeves turn a classic t-shirt on its head.