Fashion Rules You Can Break
Go ahead, you can do it – BREAK THE RULES!
A QUICK MIX
THE RULE – Don’t mix patterns and prints.
BREAK IT – This rule may have spared a few retinas back in the ‘70s and ‘80s when designs were oversized, abstract and sometimes jaw-droppingly ugly. Current patterns echo much older motifs and are classic rather than crass. Try matching the dominant color of two different patterns, or pair an oversized print with a miniature one. A neutral-hued plaid coat over a delicate floral blouse looks timeless.
WHITE HERE, WHITE NOW
THE RULE – White shouldn’t be worn in the autumn or winter.
BREAK IT – This edict should’ve been revoked at the close of the Eisenhower administration, and yet the whispers continue. We’re no longer obligated to don hat and gloves before leaving the house, so why hang on to this antiquated guideline? Cheer up the gloomy months with all shades of white in substantial fabrics like wool, cashmere and chunky cable knits.
THE RULE – No sparkle or shine in the daytime.
BREAK IT – Our daily grind gets less dreary when we glam it up a bit. Don’t consign shimmery satins or sexy sequins to that brief stretch between the cocktail hour and bedtime. It’s devastatingly chic to rock a muted metallic coat, silky gold blouse or bead-embellished anything before dark. A bit of bling is especially welcome in this season of architecturally sleek silhouettes.
LINE OF BEAUTY
THE RULE – Plus-size women should wear loose clothing
BREAK IT – If I were a conspiracy theorist I’d investigate the origins of this unfortunate myth. Generations of women have hidden their feminine figures under unnecessary and unflattering fabric. The smock is not your friend. Sheath dresses skim the body and slim contours, crisp pencil skirts or tailored a-lines look polished, new jackets nip in at the waist, and even the menswear trend will cover your curves in style.
CLASH OR CREDIT
THE RULE – Certain colour combos are forbidden
BREAK IT – When done right, any colours can be worn together. Of course, prints can contain numerous hue combinations, but solid blocks of heretofore taboo pairings can also look far more stylish than a play-it-safe palette. Black/brown, black/blue, even red/pink all work if you keep the tone the same – pastel shades put together, inky colors partnered, neon brights paired up.
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