7 Fashion Rules You Should Break

56 responses

  1. Meg
    October 2, 2008

    Those fashion rules are just plain silly, imho. And what’s that one about ‘blue and green should not be seen’ or something like that?

    These are the sort of rules that people remember and are afraid to break, but meanwhile there are people showing up to class in pj’s, graduation in flip flops and college singing auditions in tube tops sans bras. Those are the real fashion crimes!

  2. Stephanie
    October 2, 2008

    I love how much more frequently we’re getting articles, and amazing ones at that. Great work Zephyr!

  3. Nat
    October 2, 2008

    The “grad in flipflops” comment is cringe-worthy. Gross. Especially when they are platform flipflops. It boggles my mind.

  4. Ali-bell
    October 2, 2008

    Meg – I totally agree, I think we need some new fashion rules! no trackpants in public, no leggings-as-pants, and there should definitely be something about girls over a certain cup size must wear a bra… haha do I sound mean?

  5. Cindy
    October 2, 2008

    I hated this list…its so outdated…thank god well the fashion gods we ain’t need to follow these old rules.

    I love the tights and peep toe trend…it makes an outfit look so fab and legs very slendered.

    good job hun

  6. Yvonne
    October 2, 2008

    Oh, so trueeee.
    Except the whole black and brown thing is something I am just now getting use to.
    It has taken me forever to be able to mix those two together and to me, it just still doesn’t look 100% right. But if I find the right combo I’m sure I will fall in love with it.
    R.Bilson is pulling it off majorly, though!

  7. glamouriciou
    October 3, 2008

    great post!! i agree with all of them 100%. and as for mixing shoes and bag colors: i make it a point to usually NOT have them match.. i dunno it just seems pretty bland, unless both are black.

  8. A
    October 3, 2008

    great post! i especially break the rule about no tights with open toed shoes. with the fall coming in and chillier weather making breaking out the tights… i mean i dont wanna leave my open toed shoes alone all winter.

    and i think black & brown is awesome… and brown and navy…. and navy and black… i actually love wearing those pairs all the time.

  9. lindsay
    October 3, 2008

    Great post! These fashion rules ARE silly and outdated and definitely need to be broken. The only one that I have a hard time with is mixing navy with black. I just recently bought a pair of great black leather boots but I’m still a little wary about wearing them with dark denim and stuff. Thanks for the great posts & keep them coming!

  10. M
    October 3, 2008

    Haha, thanks for this article. :)

  11. Nicole
    October 3, 2008

    I was wondering you see Victoria Beckham she always match bag to shoes I love that style but realistic cant happen. My question is can you help me I saw the star from Ugly Betty wearing a purple dress with torquoise can you do something with colors that go well. I have olive skin tone if there is a website how to mix and match colors thanks. love your site

  12. Down Comforter
    October 4, 2008

    Actually i have a different openion, I think fashion doesnt need any rules! nothing at all and there should definitely something new everytime. but most of all its all about girls at large.
    Comments plz

  13. natalie
    October 4, 2008

    first time commenting, been reading this blog for a while, as, if just started college, and wanted to say you do a great job. this article was great, and so true, i mix gold and silver all the time, and only ever get compliments. i agree with a pervious comment, should set some new rules. :)

  14. crystal
    October 4, 2008

    I love this post! Your articles are always so well written, Zephyr!
    Great job!
    I’ve always struggled with these rules. Especially the gold/silver one. Now that I have a silver wedding ring to wear all the time, I’ve found myself having to mix them if I ever want to wear gold again!
    Here’s a post all about mixing peep-toes and tights: Tights With Peep-Toe Heels!

  15. Betsy Woodruff
    October 5, 2008

    Nice post–I especially like the comment about white after labor day.

    Any chance you can do a post on fashion rules not to break? =)

  16. la petite fashionista
    October 5, 2008

    awesome article zephyr! working at an accessories counter in a retail store, nothing bothered me more than when people had to have bracelet, earrings, and necklace that all matched perfectly. Some people don’t realize it’s okay to break the rules and mix and match. :)


  17. Britt
    October 7, 2008

    I really like this article. I never really followed any of these rules. The only rule that I see that I some what follow (and I didn’t even know it was a rule) is black with brown or navy. When it comes to layering, I wouldn’t wear a black shirt with a dark navy/brown belt because the whole point for wearing the belt on top of the shirt is so that you can see the belt and a lighter color belt is easier to see. I would wear it with a tan or bright blue colored belt instead. There def needs to be rules though….the things I have seen ppl wear :( lol

  18. Anonymous
    October 7, 2008

    Those rules are things that I never understood the reason for so I therefore did not follow them. I wear black and navy together all the time. Makes a kick ass suit for work! As for the No red for the redhead thing…give me a break. I am a redhead and some of my best dresses and outfits are red.

    Yay for not following rules!

  19. Aubrey
    October 8, 2008

    I loved this post!!! I always was a little confused by a lot of those myths. (And yes! my mom told me about a lot of them!!!) Thank you for dissolving my fears of ‘breaking the rules’, which were stupid rules in the first place! I randomly found this blog and I love it! Keep the awesome advice coming! xoxo

  20. Jamie
    October 11, 2008

    I still live by no tights and open toed shoes, but I’ve gotten over the brown, black, navy rule. If it looks good, wear it!

  21. Kristal
    November 10, 2008

    Until recently, I too was a huge believer in thinking that it was a fashion no, no to wear white after labor day. As a matter of fact, it was not until after reading your blog that I actually found out that it is ok to wear white after labor day. Thanks so much for this blog article because it really helped to clarify a lot of tips on fashion!!

  22. Blair
    December 5, 2008

    I love tights with open toed. it’s perfect for when I want to wear a dress in the fall or winter cause my legs get cold :p

  23. Marni
    February 2, 2009

    Actually, now that everyone has thoroughly dropped it, I find it very refreshing to have matching shoes ans purse or maybe say even a belt. One of my fave outfits is a pair of scarlet mid heels, purse and sometimes wide belt I wear with a white, cotton, fifties style dress in the summer, and a wool sheath in the winter, and quite a few other dresses! Matchy-matchy can be cool!!!! But all the other stuff is definitely best broken. I suppose if you wear navy and black you want to make sure there is enough of a color difference so it isn’t hard to tell if they are the same color or not. Otherwise it looks like you tried to wear two black things but got it wrong.

  24. Marni
    February 2, 2009

    Some one should re do this article but put in the new “RULES” that we are told never to break. Here are fashion guru rules I think are stupid;
    1. Petite women shouldn’t wear capri pants or skinny jeans. I think that is just silly. Im not very tall (Im 5’5″) and not terribly leggy, and I wear capri and ankle length jeans all the time. They are great in the summer. I realize there is the theory that it breaks up the leg line, but it just is not so. In fact baring your ankle with colorful, pretty flats can very much bring the eye to a thin part of the leg and give an illusion of height. Audrey Hepburn was very petite, as is Natalie Portman, and they look divine in that silhouette.
    2. You should do everything you can to minimize your ASSet. The gurus all tell you to wear dark washed denim, to avoid whiskered jeans, and embelishments. I think it can look quite GOOD to emphasize the curves. I for one like to wear jeans with a tiny bit of whiskering and a lighter wash to give more curve, and I am very curvy.
    Its best to use the mirror, your eyes, and you own brain!

  25. SaraLacquer
    March 2, 2009

    Old rules, but works!
    As we know that nowadays aren’t any rules :)

  26. Venus
    July 14, 2009

    True, these are all stupid and should be broken! Too many times I’ve been shopping with a Barbie-esque friend of mine and picked up black and blue things together, and she’s said “you can’t wear those; mixing black and blue is so bad.” Um, why? If that was the case, you’d never be able to wear denim jeans with black!

    Although, I will say that I think tights-and-peep-toes can be done very, very badly, especially with skin-tone tights in the summer, because nothing says ‘retirement home’ like that sight of the seam throught the peep-toe. Be very careful not to look like a pensioner!!

    ………..not wearing white after Labor Day??? People STILL do that? What is this, the 1950’s? :-)

  27. Vanessa
    August 1, 2009

    I agree with all of them except the last one, I will never wear tights with open-toed shoes. I think that if it is too cold to wear sandals you should definitely not wear them until its warm enough. Its just my opinion though

  28. Ashley
    August 22, 2009

    man i tried to convince my Boyfriend that Black and Brown should not Be worn together and my Best friend Backed me up…… Ooops….. lol Good fashion tips!!!! :D

  29. Leah
    September 3, 2009

    I’m not a big fan of the opentoed shoes w/ tights, but maybe that’s just me. IDK. I personally have never been able to pull it off.

  30. Kaitlyn
    November 23, 2009

    These rules are so out dated. And my poor mother, who is beautiful as heck, still believes them. hahh i tried to wear white the other day and it was snowing outside and she about wet her pants and she made me change. it was kinda depressing. i think we need white especially in the winter because it brightens the dark and sad days. winter time is just depressing to begin with and white makes it bright and makes you feel like shining! its beautiful! we need to be reminded that dark and sad days are going to end at some point and summer will come back. Its the same concept with leather. once again, i am a red head and i wear red all the time. i mean its worse with orange though i’ve noticed. red heads should never wear orange. it makes you look like a pumpkin. bad bad bad. red on the other hand isn’t as bad. well for my coloring at least. (: I really really love brown and black together! Especially if you add tan into the mix! it looks amazing! Like a black pencil skirt, tan top and a brown belt with a black cardigian and some brown shoes and jewlery. love it! XOXOXO

  31. Jenn
    December 2, 2009

    Where can I find a dress that looks like that navy one? It was so cute! I love that tee shirt style dress with a belt, i want to find one before i go to florida this christmas

  32. phoebe
    December 12, 2009

    Your article is well written and convincing. I am quite sure that more than one generation would appreciate your good work.
    Thanks for debunking the matching color rules!

  33. Elena
    December 24, 2009

    I LOVE black and brown together. Have for years, and will for many more to come!

  34. Courtney
    December 29, 2009

    Girls that I went to high school with swore by the no black with brown “rule”. They were ridiculous and made fun of anyone who decided to mix them- love to see it make the list of rules you should break!

  35. Fyre
    January 22, 2010

    I’ve heard the “no black with brown” rule, but I love wearing my black jacket with my favorite brown shoes. And they look super cute together.

  36. $@r@
    April 20, 2010

    some of these r soo not true. i agree wit: 6, 5, n 1I disagree wit: 7. u cant do tht. 3 and 4 it depends. :)

  37. Sharon
    June 2, 2010

    I never understood the “black and navy” rule. I mean, black goes with almost anything, so why not navy? It’s ridiculous since they look good together! Thanks for the lovely article.

  38. laura
    June 7, 2010

    Victoria Bekham’s british, she probably doesn’t have a clue when labour day is. Neither do I actually.

  39. Lola
    June 30, 2010

    Rules are stupid when it comes to fashion. If they hate it now they will love it in a few years to come and you’ll be sorry you threw things away or didn’t wear what you wanted. So my rule is no rule. Wear what you feel and pray to God you look good in it.

  40. Rachel
    July 7, 2010

    Following the fashion rules is downright boring. If you like they way it looks on you, then go for it!

  41. roxxy
    October 3, 2010

    i dont know but most of those i agree should be broken. (1, 3, 4, 5, 6) but the matching shoes and bag thing i only half agree with. i mean u cant wear a pair of green nikes while holding a black leather mimco clutch, right? and 7 dont agree with. yes u can wear tights with pumps, but tights with peep toes are a little icky, it just doesnt look right. especially if ur wearing patterned tights or fishnets

  42. Anica
    November 12, 2010

    I love this article and this website. I’m so glad there’s a place for college girls who are in love with fashion to express this love and get inspiration for their “look”.

  43. Carrie
    November 14, 2010

    Fantastic Post!! :]

    All of these fashion “rules” are meant to be broken. I love a sleek head-to-toe black outfit with brown boots! And I wear white so often–so glad it’s not taboo to wear it after Labor Day!

    Weirdly enough though, there is one rule I can’t seem to get out of my head. I was always told NEVER to wear red, black, or white to someone’s wedding. Whenever I do go to a wedding and see someone wearing those colors (besides the bride), I cringe!!

  44. Vania
    November 26, 2010

    With regards to the neutrals:

    Grey + _______ = always good.

    I’m still a bit iffy on the black/brown or the black/navy thing. Camel/tan and black works for me always, but I don’t like it when, say, someone wears a black shirt, black shoes, and a brown belt. If the two are in balanced amounts, then cool. I’m not too fond of mostly _____ and then a tiny bit of _____.

  45. Eheringe
    December 1, 2010

    black/brown or the black/navy thing. Camel/tan and black works for me always, but I don’t like it when, say, someone wears a black

  46. Mandy
    December 24, 2010

    Some of those rules I think have huge exceptions or are not true whatsoever but I just hate it when people mix metallics, I don’t know why but it looks like the person couldn’t be bothered to change those gold earings when they put on their new silver braclet!

  47. Kat
    July 18, 2011

    Sorry but I still can’t mix neutrals. I think it looks horribly disgusting. In fact I avoid wearing neutrals in general, something about seeing a lot of one solid color like that really irks me. *shrug*

  48. Judy
    January 31, 2012

    It’s been years since there were any rules. Any.

  49. Anna
    February 13, 2012

    Question. Can you wear navy blue shorts with black tights?

  50. Marquee
    February 13, 2012

    Im wearing winter white coat and I love it when people look at me with their squinting eyes cos I am so bright and noticeable around the sea of black coats. Keep staring.

  51. Blank
    February 16, 2012

    Is anyone thinking critically? These “rules” aren’t coming from nowhere – at least most of them. Black and brown shouldn’t be worn together because it looks bad! Aren’t you all falling victim to the new “rules,” which now simply say break the old ones? Trendiness is sooooooo lame!

  52. Alyssa
    July 23, 2012

    Thank u!!!!!!!!!!this is all what I do and everyone judges it! I just tell them I’m sorry for living in the present!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Tanya
    September 4, 2012

    All of these rules have exceptions. Yes, sometimes different metals don’t go well together but it’s completely up to the piece and the individual. If it’s flattering and put together nicely…then chances are it’s ok to wear, regardless of color or any rule. Also, let me just say that I am obsessed with wearing black and brown together. Can’t wait for it to cool down so I can wear my black skinnys and brown leather Tory Burch boots! I think it looks great and hellooooo leopard print! Black and brown go well together in that sense and leopard print is truly historic being that it became popular post-World War II when women were dressing less conservatively. It’s cool that a simple print could be so expressive of the time period and I’m glad it is still worn proudly today.

  54. kiana
    February 11, 2013

    i agree with all of these except for the navy and black, i work in an upscale men’s boutique and they tell us navy and black never go, i think this one might be more for personal preference, but if you have a business or fashion interview, or with an older or male interviewer mix navy and black with caution! they tell us to tell the men ‘black and blue makes a bruise’ however, mixing black and brown is considered very fashion forward, especially brown shoes/ accessories with red hues (burgundy/brown). this is more applicable to professional attire, but i would never wear navy and black even casually (the exception of course would be denim). hope this helps!

  55. Nick M
    September 19, 2013

    I appreciate the clarity offered. I have at times mixed brown, black, and navy blue. My wife hates when I do this, but I think it is okay. In my acting and modeling school, the teacher told us these rules did not apply, and the most important thing is that you feel good in it; if that’s the case, then you will look good.

    Sometimes these old fashion rules have a way of creeping in and making you self conscious though. With this article, I should be more confident now that I have the support of others who are more fashionable.

  56. Greta
    January 17, 2014

    Tights with open-toe shoes and sandals OR nude/beige shoes is a no-no. Period.

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