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I’m sure we’ve all heard of a few fashion rules being thrown around here and there, but do we actually care to follow them? For the most part, I think its best to follow your own fashion rules, but you might be surprised to find yourself agreeing with a rule or two. Out of these 10 rules, let’s see which ones are just loud noise and which ones might be on to something.

Don’t Mix Silver and Gold Jewelry

silver and gold jewelry
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This is one of the fashion rules that I actually stick to but not because of the whole rule aspect of it. I don’t mix metals often when it comes to jewelry just because I usually like the look of all silver or all gold, but I do often see silver and gold mixed together when it comes to bracelets especially charm bracelets. Mixing your jewelry up can make an outfit that may otherwise look a little average pop out.

Invest in the Basics

fashion rules: invest in basics
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Investing in the basics is a good rule to keep in mind. You can do a lot with solid color shirts and neutral color shoes. Having fashion basics gives you a clean slate to work with. I’m looking to invest in a few basics myself so that I can have the perfect accompanying piece to any outfit.

Uh Uh to Double Denim

Double denim
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When you think of a double denim outfit, what’s the first one that pops into your head? Is the infamous Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake matching double denim number? That’s mine too. I personally like double denim so this rule gets thrown out the door. I especially like light denim on top of a darker denim or a denim jacket with some jeans.

Show Cleavage or Legs, Not Both

show legs or cleavage?
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Imagine one of those flowy silk dresses with the neckline that dips just enough. If you’re imagining it, how could you possibly abide by this rule of not showing both legs and cleavage? This rule is centered around not showing too much skin, but who cares? If you got it, flaunt it.

Prints Should Not Be Mixed

print mixing
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I think this rule stifles creativity. Picking out different prints in a variety of colors and then figuring out how to put them together is all apart of the fun. I love mixing prints and its something that I am exploring more of in my personal style. Mixing prints can be seen as busy while having too much going on, but it also makes for interesting fashion styles.

Horizontal Strips are Unflattering

horizontal stripes
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Horizontal stripes are said to be unflattering because it could make your body look wider while vertical stripes can elongate you. No matter the direction or the rules, stripes are a fun and classic pattern that everyone should experiment with. Who can say no to those 70s short-sleeve horizontally striped t-shirts, I mean, they are so simple yet so cute.

Don’t Wear Socks and Sandals Together

fashion rules: don't wear socks with sandals
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Sooooo…..I kind of agree with this one. I am not a big fan of the whole wearing socks with sandals thing. The only time I do wear socks with sandals is if it is with my Nike slides. The look does not flow well together for me. You might be able to turn it around if you had an amazing pair of socks though.

Your Shoes and Bag Should Match

matching shoes and bag
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Should your shoes and bag match? No, they don’t have to. Matching your bag to your shoes can bring your look together nicely, but having a bold orange bag with emerald green shoes can also do that. It’s interesting to see how your accessories play a role in tying an outfit together so you might as well explore your options.

Navy and Black Don’t Go Together

Navy and black outfit

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know not wearing navy and black together was a thing, but apparently it is. Navy and black are similar in color, but of course, they are different so mixing the two might seem like you thought one was the other. I feel like if the colors are distributed properly then this color combo can work.

Don’t Wear White in the Winter

dont wear white in the winter
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Of all the fashion rules, this is one I don’t get. It could be because it’s more of an east coast thing because of the snow and I’m a west coast girl. Let’s be real though, white is a color that can be worn year-round. It goes with anything which is why you can often find it in those basics and staples we were talking about.

This is all to say follow whatever is true to you and your style. Nobody can tell you how to dress. Which fashion rules are you keeping and which ones are you throwing away? Share in the comments!


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