Fashion Myths You Should Ignore Once and for All

The word “myth” may bring to mind silly adolescent misconceptions—a watermelon growing in your stomach if you eat the seeds, perhaps, or the idea that lightning can’t strike the same place twice. And when it comes to the subject of fashion, we find that women still subscribe to certain myths (or rules) about how to dress that we simply think are false.

Though these may be bit less dramatic than growing a large fruit in your stomach, they’re still important to us because we dress ourselves every single day, and letting go falsehoods about when you can wear certain colors or the accessories you can pair together make a difference. Scroll to find out if you’re holding on to these fashion myths, and see why we think it’s time to let them go once and for all.

You Shouldn't Wear Socks with Sandals

We get it—sandals feel more summery and socks more wintery, but no one ever said anything about pairing the two together. In our personal opinion, the look—when done right—can feel insanely unique and stylish.

Avoid Black and Navy Together

Street style navy on black


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This falsehood has been engrained in most of us since childhood—but there's literally no reason not to wear these two colors together. Furthermore, we think it's super chic.

Keep Gold and Silver Separate

Gold studded zebra crossbody purse on blazer and denim


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Yet another strange "rule" that makes no sense. If you like gold and silver, go to town and mix them together.

Mixing Prints is a No-No

Paris Fashion Week leopard print jacket and black pants street style


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This one obviously comes with its own internal set of guidelines (e.g., try to keep one print larger than the other or make sure the tones are complementary), but as a general rule of thumb, we think pairing different prints is cool.

No White After Labor Day

Oh, the oldest, most antiquated one of them all. We give you full permission to wear white after Labor Day should you choose to do so. Our only advice would be to avoid the blatantly summery items, like eyelet blouses and dresses.

Once You Reach a Certain Age, You Need to Change Your Style

Oh, please! You can dress however you want for as long as you want to. Want to wear a miniskirt at 75? Mutton sleeves at 25? Do your thing.

Reserve Your Sparkly Pieces for the Evening

Sure, we don't suggest you step out at the farmer's market in a sequined dress and stilettos, but why reserve your fanciest items only for when the sun goes down? Just style them with more casual pieces, like a denim jacket or sneakers, and you'll not only feel extra stylish but you'll save a little cash too.

You Have to Spend a Lot of Money

The idea that you have to spend a lot of money to get quality clothing is just wrong. Sure, we think investing in high-end staples you'll wear endlessly is totally fine, but brands like Everlane and Uniqlo make stylish endeavors financially realistic.

Your Accessories Need to Match

We think some of the most inspiring street style looks are those that mix it up in the accessory department. No need to follow this falsehood any longer.

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