Five Fashion Rules You Should Break

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Do you know what we have to say about not wearing white pants after Labor Day? EFF THAT! And eff all of the other fashion rules that we’re supposed to abide by.

Who came up with these restrictions, anyway?

Click through to see what other rebellious decisions we’ll be making this summer and fall. You’re gonna love ’em.

Fashion Rules You Should Break

Rule # 1: No White Pants After Labor Day—Or Before Memorial Day

Boyfriend Denim Jeans

No one. NO ONE. follows this rule anymore. Feel free to wear your white pants, any time during the year (seriously). Winter white continues to be a hot trend (especially white wool coats).

Rule # 2: No Pastels Past Easter

Marled Sweater

No one follows this old school rule as the season for pastels now extends well into summer. In fact, summer is probably the best time to wear pastels, as the lighter nature of the hue makes it a cool option to add a little color to your summer wardrobe.

Rule # 3: No Pattern Mixing
mixed patterns

This is one rule we want you to break immediately. Mixing patterns is a great way to extend your wardrobe options as well as creating an interesting story through your outfit. The key is to choose prints that are in the same color family (like black and white) with patterns that have a similar scale.

Rule #4: No Denim on Denim

ASOS Easy Denim Short in White

This is one rule we say break, but with “caution”. You don’t want to look like the millennial version of the  Justin Timberlake-Britney Spears Denim Debacle.  DO NOT try and match the denims (which is virtually impossible), but make sure one of the denims is at least 2 to 3 levels darker than the other.

Rule #5: Dressing Your Age

goldie hawn

Frankly, we don’t even know what “dressing your age” means.  Does it mean if your over 40, you can’t be on trend? Whatever, we stopped paying attention to this rule when shows like “Hot in Cleveland” showed what it really meant to be a “woman of a certain age.”

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  • eunice d.haas

    I am about five feet tall, 125 pounds, , about a size 14, larger above the waist,very small below (Elastisized waistlines help in pants). No longer young, except in spirit.
    Good style sense for what I can wear. I like some drama in clothes.

  • I agree that fashion rules are made to be broken…except when the rule is a really good one. I’m gonna have to uphold the denim on denim rule. That’s a tough one to break. Either one ends up looking like they long for a return to the 80’s, or like they belong on a ranch in Montana.

  • INGA

    Ha I’ve been breaking that rule for the last 30 years.

  • I love this! Rules are not for the art world and fashion is 100% art…it’s a complete representation of you, your mood and your style…you can’t have rules when it comes to that!

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  • Exactamundo !! I concur to no fashion rules !!

    Fashion rules may exist, but it doesn’t mean we have to follow them. I wasn’t aware of the labor day rule … guessing it’s a U.S thing!?

  • Thank you! Finally I have found someone else who wouldn’t mind throwing the fashion restrictions out the window. I would like to meet the first person who has that type of power to tell you and I that we can’t wear a trendy white outfit in the month of December.