25 Fashion Rules You Should Be Breaking
Some rules were meant to be broken, especially when it comes to personal style.
Every item of clothing should match
The concept of matching every single piece of clothing that you’re wearing is outdated, according to Ali Levine, celebrity stylist, fashion expert, and TV personality. “If you want to wear maroon pants with a green shirt go for it, but you don’t need to wear maroon or green shoes to match it!” she says. “Contrast is key and the over-matching is honestly too much!”
Mixing prints is a major no-no
Sometimes the best looks come from mixing stripes with polka dots or florals. “You can grab that graphic tee and put on a cheetah-print jacket and some bright, geometric pants and actually look amazing,” says Jones. “These mixed prints complement each other so well as soon as they are paired.” Try these low-effort ways to take your outfit from day to night.
Don’t wear clothes you’re swimming in
Baggy clothes are very in, especially for men, notes Levine. “An oversized tee, cool sweatshirt, or oversized blazer done right looks fresh,” she says. “As long as you can fit in it and you love it, then wear what speaks to you.” Score more fashion secrets personal stylists won’t tell you for free.
Take off one accessory before leaving the house
“Of course, I admire Coco Chanel, but I find her advice, ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off,’ didn’t stand the test of time,” Veronica Black, fashion director at DAILYLOOK. “Even as a minimalist, I’m known to rock a few layers of dainty gold necklaces and rings at the same time.” She recommends stacking on the bangles, wearing your biggest pair of earrings, layering those necklaces, and filling up your fingers with all the bits and bobbles your heart desires. “Life is too short to edit your shine!”
Kitten heels make you look older
Kitten heels have made a major comeback—and they’re not exclusive to any age range, according to Freeman. “Paired with skinny jeans, a vintage tee, and Jackie O-style sunglasses, kitten heels are the perfect way to add a sense of demure without compromising your cool,” he says. Learn Kate Middleton’s secret to wearing heels all day.
Sneakers are only for the gym
In modern society, sneakers are a fashion statement in their own right. “This type of shoe is now an everyday essential in your wardrobe,” says Jones. Find out what your shoes say about your personality.
Silk scarves should be saved for special occasions
In fact, unless that occasion is your wedding, there’s no reason to hold back wearing something you love because you don’t think the day calls for it. “Everyday is an occasion, so enjoy and wear the pieces you have, silk scarves included,” says Applegate. “They’re a perfect way to elevate any look, whether you’re wearing it as a headband, around your neck, as a belt, tied around your wrist, or on a bag.” Just watch out for these 11 ways your clothes could be killing you.
You can’t wear volume on the top and the bottom
With today’s shape-shifting fashions, balancing your top and bottoms according to volume is an old school standard, according to Russo. Instead, she recommends pairing a boxy top with a wide-leg culotte or maxi skirt that enhances your waist, but still explores the oversized trend. Only women will understand these 15 annoying fashion problems.
Denim on denim doesn’t go
In the latest fashion trends, this is not true, according to Jones. “Everyone is pairing their denim jeans, from pants to shorts, with a denim jacket,” she says. “It is not just a cowboy look or a Candian tuxedo anymore—you can mix and match your light wash and dark wash denim together and for a cute look.” Though you will want to avoid these denim jeans mistakes that ruin your outfit.
Wide-leg pants require a high heel
While it’s true that wide-leg pants might make you appear shorter, you most certainly do not have to wear them with heels. In fact, Russo believes they look exceptionally chic with flats and sneakers. “Hem them to lay as close to the ground as possible and balance the proportion with a shorter top to show off your waist,” she says.