Jun 14, 2013 02:02
by Caitlin Reid
The unspoken rules of fashion tyrannically govern our wardrobe choices. No more! Some fashion rules are antiquated, out of date, and should be forgotten. But how do you know which to follow and which to snub? Take a few tips from Liv Tyler, Gwen Stefani and Miranda Kerr.
Some fashion faux pas can be boldly challenged without causing offense, or awkward stares.
First up, accessories. The finishing touches, the cherry on top. This aspect of dressing up has multiple rules attached to it.
1) ‘When accessorising, always take off the last thing you put on.’
Turn your back on this one. Heavily layered necklaces in contrasting lengths and jewelled tones are a look beloved by red carpet stylists and street style stars. Layer up, and add twisted styles to long, draped pieces to create a look of opulent luxe.
2) Never mix metals
This one sticks. This rule should be observed for bright metals. If you’re rocking bright gold necklaces, don’t wear them with silver earrings. Superstar stylist Rachel Zoe swears by keeping it simple, and matching your metals. If you refuse to play by the rules, push the boundaries by matching similar hued metals. For example, pair bronze with dark gold.
3) Don’t wear navy with black.
Snub this outdated, conservative rule and pair chic navy pieces with black pants, skirts and shoes, or vice versa. Miranda Kerr can do it, so can you!
4) Never wear matching patterns on your top and bottom halves.
Ignore! Last year, the reinvention of the power suit smashed this rule. Chic suits of precisely matching pant and jacket combinations are absolute style gold. Forget this rule, and rock head to toe floral, plaid or outlandish patterned suits.
5) Black tie is a strict dress code.
Agreed. Ladies, this means a long gown, or very formal knee length dress. Gents, this means tuxedo, or very formal black suit and tie. Think Kate Middleton elegance, Diane Kruger class, or channel Audrey Hepburn's timeless femininity.
Some of the old fashion rules are now optional, while others ensure eternal elegance. Use your inner rebelliousness to challenge the outdated rules, but honour the classics.
Which fashion rules to you obey?