Learning the rules of style you can break can boost your confidence and help you develop a chic look of your very own. Clothing can play a major role in shaping our mood and confidence. Ultimately, the clothes you should buy and wear are the ones that make you feel beautiful. If that means saying goodbye to some of yesterday’s fashion rules, go for it.
- Don’t wear socks with sandals.
For the past several years, some of the chicest designers and street style stars have been pairing tights with open-toed shoes. While we’re not necessarily advising you to pair knee-high white socks with athletic sandals, it’s possible to make this look work. Like fashion blogger Doina Ciobanu, make your preppy dress look more girly by wearing high socks with sandals. You can actually opt for quirky print socks to make your street style intentional and catchy. The socks-and-sandals combo isn’t the easiest look to pull off, but it’s certainly within reach if you wear it with confidence.
- Always match your shoes to your bag.
Sometimes you may feel like matching your shoes and your bag perfectly. Even in the most conservative corporate environments, there’s absolutely nothing wrong wearing a pair of shoes in a different shade from your bag. Make your fall style a bit girly by going for a pink dress and a red bag teamed with black tights and white shoes like fashion blogger Chantal Galda did.
- Say no to double denim.
Wearing a denim shirt, denim jeans, and a denim jacket in perfectly matched hues could make you look like a minimalist, but pairing a chambray shirt with dark-wash jeans is super-chic. You should absolutely break this rule year-round. Like fashion blogger Angelica Blick, opt for the same shade on your denim top, jeans, and jacket to create a trendy look. Or, opt for a chambray shirt and light-colored denim culottes to make your street style breezy and effortless.
- Don’t pair black and navy.
Black and navy can look remarkably chic together, and so can black and brown. Contrast weights and textures to add dimension to your look, or let the similarity of the shades create a cohesive look. As Cosmopolitan’s style editor Charles Manning points out, a little “color confusion” never killed anyone. Like fashion blogger Micah Gianneli, make the look intentional by going for a top in black and navy shades and team it with a trendy slit skirt.
- Sequins are for nighttime.
Everyone can work little bits of sparkle into her wardrobe. Think of dressing up your casual denim shorts and bomber jacket with a cobalt blue sequin top, or make your fall looks a bit glamorous with a sequin top teamed with a skirt and tall boots.
- Don’t mix prints.
When it comes to teaming prints, the only limit on your creativity is your confidence. If you’re a little shy about breaking this fashion rule, start conservatively by mixing a simpler print with a more complex one. Using different prints with similar color schemes is another sharp way to look amazing while rocking this fashion trend. By breaking these outdated fashion rules, you’ll get a more expressive and bolder style that turn heads.