Five Fashion Rules I've Broken in the Last Year

True confession: I broke one of my personal cardinal style rules this weekend, and flew on a plane in sweatpants. I honestly can't think of the last time in my adult life I've done that, but Brett and I went to Portland this weekend to see a doctor for me, and we left at 4 AM, and were going to head straight to the doctor's office, so I caved, and decided to wear sweats. Not my proudest moment, but whatever. 

The reason I'm bringing this up is because Friday's sweatpants got me thinking about traditional fashion rules, and how I've broken a lot of them in the last year that I've been blogging. Before I started blogging, I probably wouldn't have had the courage to break the fashion "rules," but today, I feel like fashion rules are really just guidelines, and are meant to be broken! Rules can get a little boring, and boring is never a word I'd want to describe my sartorial choices as. Check out the five big rules I've broken recently! 
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Denim on denim can definitely be a really tricky look to pull off- no one wants to look like they are wearing a Canadian tuxedo. To me, the best way to wear this look is to make sure that the denim top and denim bottoms are really far apart in the color- for instance, the top is super light washed, and the jeans are almost navy blue colored.
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Mixing prints is yet another tricky look to pull off. I know that people with more traditional tastes might hate this printed skirt + striped shirt combo, but I was really happy with how it turned out. To ease into this look, I'd suggest picking a skirt with a more subtle pattern, and pairing it with a top that has common colors with the skirt. 
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The rule I broke in this photo isn't so much about the dress as it is about my height! Many people think that shorter girls should steer clear of maxi dresses and skirts, to avoid looking like we're being drowned in fabric. My trick to make this look work for me was wearing sky high wedges and belting the dress so you could still see my ankles and shoes, thus avoiding looking like the dress was built for someone a few inches taller than I am. 
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Every style rule book out there tells you not to mix navy and black (or black and brown) together, but in the last year, those color combos have become some of my favorites! To avoid looking like you can't tell the difference between colors, make sure the navy is more of a true navy, and that the black is super dark, not faded. It'll make the look a lot more crisp. Bonus points if you can find a skirt that pulls in both colors- no one will think  you got dressed in the dark!  
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To me, one of the most outdated fashion "rules" is that white should only be worn between Memorial and Labor Day. While I think that wearing white shoes should probably be limited to those months, I feel that white is a great color year-round, as long as it's worn the right way! For this outfit, I tried to keep the colors bright to compliment the white, but the weights of the fabric made this outfit a lot more early spring. Winter white can gorgeous, too- I think classic ivory colors are best for colder months, and make sure they are in a seaon apporpriate fabric, like wool. 

What are you favorite fashion rules to break? 

4 comments:

  1. DYING over your print-mixing! You did it so well and look absolutely amazing.
    xo JOsie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  2. Love this post! I agreed, since I've started blogging I've broken so many 'fashion rules' and most of the ones you mentioned! One of my favorite ones to break is navy and black because I actually think they look great together! :)

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  3. That dress looks really good on you! I have the same worries as you! I'm 5' 3" and thought I was too short for long dresses. Yet this year I bought a long one for a wedding I have to attend and was amazed how well it suited me!
    Anna

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  4. The print-mixing looks great! So does the maxi. I'm 5'3" too and I have yet to try on a maxi dress...I figured I'd look like a stump. I have pretty big boobs and not much going on in the butt department so anytime I wear something long and flowy I end up looking like a floating head! Maybe if I do what you did and define the waist I would look normal.

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