7 Times Jennifer Lopez Broke Outfit Rules and Looked Fabulous Anyway

Is there anything Jennifer Lopez can't do? The 49-year-old singer, actor, and all-around wonder woman is a force majeure on all fronts. Unsurprisingly, the Bronx native has been known to toss the style rule book out the window and embrace her personal taste with abandon, and frankly, it's inspiring us to do the same.

Whether it's posting a photo of herself in a neon pink bikini on Instagram (2.6 million likes and counting) or something slightly more accessible like styling a pair of sweatpants for date night (more on that below), every fashion choice Lopez makes seems to pass with flying colors, even if it's contradicting an arbitrary rule or two.

To see what we mean, scroll down for seven times Lopez disregarded mass fashion advice and wore what she wanted instead. As you'll discover, it works perfectly every single time. And if you feel motivated to apply the same approach to your own wardrobe, we included a handful of shopping picks for each.

The Rule: Don't Wear Sweatpants On a Date

Sure, a matching sweatsuit may not rank high on the "what to wear on a date" list, but somehow J.Lo makes it look polished and cute. Maybe just make sure you're a few dates in before cracking out the ole track pants for a dinner out.


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The Rule: Sequins Are For After-Hours

Forget everything you've ever heard about after-hours sequins. Sparkly things should be worn whenever and wherever, as proven by Lopez's powder-blue daytime ensemble.


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The Rule: Contrast Your Neutral Tones

No need to break up an all-beige look; just keep on layering the neutrals.


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The Rule: No Hats Indoors

Save for religious services and funerals, an indoor (or red carpet) hat is fully acceptable and rather chic.


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The Rule: Don't Wear Too Many Statement Pieces At Once

Why built an outfit around one statement piece when your entire look is the statement?


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The Rule: Overalls Are For Kids

Lopez smartly transitions this youthful staple to adulthood with the addition of a button-down shirt and structured handbag. 


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The Rule: Don't Be Too Matchy-Matchy

Sometimes matching your coat to your blouse to your belt to your shoes is the best thing to do—especially when it's an all-white spring look like this one.


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Up Next: See how Jennifer Lopez wears spring's hot pink trend (and why you should too).

Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)