Fashion Rules Meant to be Broken

I’ve always been a rule follower. I’ve stuck to what I’ve been told to do, and I’ve seldom questioned other (methods or ways of doing things). This has applied to my wardrobe as well. I was taught at a young age what to and not to wear. God forbid I dare to wear white jeans after labor day!

Since coming to college and having the utmost freedom to dress any way I choose, I’ve found that these rules that I once put on a pedestal don’t truly apply anymore. For fashion should should be an outlet for creativity, there shouldn’t be limitations.

Just listen to fashion inspiration Rihanna on how pointless these rules are: “The idea of not wearing brown and black together seems so dated. The other day I wore a black T-shirt, black Nobody jeans, a brown leopard-print belt by Dolce & Gabbana, and brown Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and it looked awesome. And I also love to mix prints.”

So let me introduce rules of fashion that are meant to be broken:

Thou shalt not wear white after labor day.

White should not be a color exclusively for the warmer seasons. White is a neutral color and should be treated as such. Don’t be afraid to pair white jeans with an oversized sweater and some booties.

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Honor thy pastels for spring and thy jewel tones for fall.

This has been my favorite rule to break. Whether it be clothes, nail polish, or accessories, color should be celebrated year round. I’ve recently been found sporting a baby blue nail regardless of the fact that Essie’s “Bikini so Teeny” is thought of as a spring color. Like Kate Spade says, live colorfully, whether that be a dark red mid April, or a bright chartreuse in November.

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Thou shalt not wear denim on denim

While this trend can bring us back to the iconic American Music Awards ensemble of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, denim on denim can look ever-so high fashion, and not to mention comfortable. Reference this adorable woman I met at the Sephora in Charleston, whom I ever-so-awkwardly asked for a picture.

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Thou shalt not wear strappy dresses pass the summer

Layering is key this fall. And it’s a perfect way to revamp your summer clothes. Follow style icon North West and pair a fun tank dress with a tshirt. Bonus points for the choker and double bun combo.

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Thou shalt not mix patterns

Mixing patterns is a bold statement, but when done well, it can look ever so chic. This style can look effortless and courageous. It’ll definitely turn heads in the best of ways.

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Thou shalt not wear blue and black together

Now how did this rule even start? Clearly black and blue work very well together as seen by the ever so chic, SJP. Infact, break two rules at once: try some navy denim with black denim!

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