Five Fashion Rules You Should Break

Updated September 21, 2020

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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

1. No White Pants Between Labor Day and 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).

2. No Pastels After 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.

3. Don’t Mix Patterns

Runway model wearing 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.

4. No Double 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. See more mixing denim tips here.

5. Dress for Your Age

Goldie Hawn

Frankly, we don’t even know what “dressing for your age” means. Does it mean if you’re 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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By Catherine Brock

As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

7 replies on “Five Fashion Rules You Should Break”

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.

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!

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.

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.

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