(Original story published on Monday October 13th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)
They often say, “mother knows best” and while that may be true when it comes to cooking, cleaning and relationship, we’re not exactly sure it’s true when it comes to style. These fashion rules are ones that your mother probably taught you, but you need to forget them immediately. Why? Because these 11 style stars prove that some of these classic style “do nots” seriously deserve to be “dos.”
Scroll down to check our the fashion rules to stop following now.
1. No White After Labour Day
It’s chic, it’s crisp, it’s total boss. Whether it’s a pair of pants[or a dress, we say white is a fantastic choice. But, it’s probably best if you save the linen fabrics for the beachy months. For a sophisticated year-round look, do like Mary Seng from the blog Happily Grey, and make a whiteblazer and classic V-neck tee your go-tos.
2. Don’t Mix Gold and Silver
When it comes to jewellery, we say the more, the merrier. Do like Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific and layer on as much interesting, mix-matched jewellery as you see fit.
3. Don’t Wear Sequins During the Day
Whoever said sparkle should be saved for after-hours simply doesn’t know how to have fun. We love pairing a great sequin number with a tame basic, like Blair Eadie’s striped cotten tee and sequin pencil skirt.
4. …or Feathers
Tame your frilly feathers to make them more daytime-appropriate by pairing them with an off-duty staple, like a great plaid top a la Arielle Noa Nachmani of the blog Something Navy.
5. You Must Spend Big for Quality
All it takes is a little research to understand the worth of certain pieces. Look at where the product is made and what it’s made out of. Also, consider how many times you’re likely to wear the item to also find its worth. (Note: Jacey Duprie from Damsel in Dior is wearing Steve Madden loafers she got for under $80!)
6. Don’t Mix Prints
Mixing prints is so not tacky, despite what your mother told you. It’s actually an easy way to make an outfit much more interesting. For a fail-proof tip, go for one itsy print and one large print in similar hues, like Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three.
7. Pick One: Legs or Cleavage
Though we understand where this rule came from, we think both can be flaunted, tastefully. Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair teamed a low-buttoned shirt with a mini skirt at NYFW and totally rocked it. So we say, why pick one when you can have both?
8. Match Your Bag to Your Shoes
Be creative, and have fun with your wardrobe instead of trying to match pieces. This rule will also help you with your wardrobe budget. Think you need a new black clutch? Just use one of your older ones in a different colour! Kelly Golightly amped up her already fun, printed ensemble by pairing a cognac clutch with black cut out shoes.
9. Sneakers are Only for the Gym…or Tacky Commuters
Owners of achy feet, rejoice! It’s totally appropriate for you to don those sneaks with your workday trousers or even your weekend midi skirts. Just follow Jessie Bush’s lead from We the People, and go for a sleek pair of running shoes in a colour that will pair well with your wardrobe.
10. You Can’t Mix Navy and Black
Not only do we wear navy and black together on a regluar basis, we actually love them together. Julia Hengel of Gal Meets Glam shows us how feminine, shap and sophisticated the deep shades can be.
11. No Tights with Open-Toe Shoes
There’s no need to pack away your strappy summer heels. Just slip them on over a pair of tights like Leandra Medine (a.k.a. the Man Repeller) for a quirky addition to your look.