With all of its rules and harsh critiques, and it can be hard to be a fashion rebel. Especially between our friends, the general public, and media outlets, it can be difficult to ditch the rules and feel confident in ourselves. Sometimes it can be easy to play by the rules, but isn’t it more fun to break them? Here are some rules that you can definitely ditch this season.
YOUR BAG AND SHOES MUST MATCH
An important question without a doubt, because it’s basically asking, do I have to have matching shoes and a purse for basically every outfit I own? No! Your bag should complement what you’re wearing, I don’t think there are any requirements on what is acceptable. I love wearing a neutral bag with gold or silver accents, and then wearing a bold colored shoe to add color to an outfit. This isn’t an exact formula, and that’s the whole point! Whether you choose to complement the colors of your shoes and outfit or not at all, a bag is an accessory that you have flexibility with.
ONE PRINT PER OUTFIT
Mixing prints can look chic or like you dressed yourself in the dark. While it is a riskier trend, have no fear. Once mastered, mixing prints opens up your closet to it’s full potential and is easier than you think! You can start with a staple piece, such as a blazer. Make sure you choose two prints in the same color family. You’ll be making a statement, but still blending your prints together. Lastly, pay attention to the scale of your prints. If you’re wearing a dominant print, make sure you pair it with a smaller print that will blend. Have fun with mixing prints! It’s not impossible, and is something you should try at least a few times.
NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY
One of the oldest rules, and most old-fashioned, Labor Day is the cut-off point for all white clothing. It’s a rule that was created way before our time and I see no reason we should be so worried about what people will think if we don’t follow it. Especially when at the beginning of November it’s still 80 degrees outside. You can pair a white sweater with leather leggings, or a fur vest. But most importantly, don’t put away your white denim just yet! There’s no reason you can’t wear white denim through the winter, especially paired with a purple or black sweater. There are tons of white accessories you can wear too, don’t be ashamed to have white in your closet this winter!
SAY GOODBYE TO BRIGHTS & PASTELS
Just like whites, your bright color pieces and pastels don’t have to go anywhere! I say go for it, but if the rest of your closet consists of neutrals, you have to do it right.It can be a little difficult to incorporate pastels and bright color pieces with the typical fall and winter shades, but not impossible. The easiest way to do so tastefully, is to put emphasis on your colorful piece. For example, a blush coat or a icy blue skirt. Make sure to limit these pieces, and to complement them with neutral colors. You can also color block, as long as the colors blend together. There’s tons of inspiration you can find online!
SHORTS & SKIRTS ARE FOR WARMER WEATHER
Winter makes us feel like we have to give up so many things, but fortunately our shorts and skirts are not included. As long as you layer and bundle up, you’ll stay warm and can rock your favorite skirt or pair of shorts for as long as your want. Tights are an absolute must, and there are a ton of different styles you can use to dress up your outfit. There are a few other options that you might want to think about doing for a little extra warmth for the really cold months. You can try a long coat that will give you an extra layer of warmth, or even an oversized sweater. Knee-high boots or over the knee boots are also a great option!
These are a few of many rules you can break this season. Fashion should be about self-expression and self-confidence. So it’s important that you accomplish that however you see fit. You may not be a fashion rebel, but hopefully these rules have sparked some inspiration for your winter wardrobe. What other rules have you broken? Leave comments below! XO