9 Summer Fashion Rules You Can Break

We’ve all know that breaking some of the fashion rules imposed upon us can make your style bold, daring, and unexpected. As the lazy days of summer finally roll around, the last thing we want to think about are rules and restrictions. This summer season, it’s time to kick back and break free from these 9 fashion rules that will make your summer style more fashionable yet season-appropriate.

  1. You Can’t Wear Shorts to Work

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On casual offices that allow jeans and sneakers to work, as well as a creative workplace that allow culottes, you may opt for knee-length shorts like Bermuda shorts to keep your looks office appropriate while beating the heat. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, keep your fabrics classy and chic, so distressed denim is out of the equation. Trade your denim fabric with chiffon, linen, or any summer fabric that can be appropriate for the office.

  1. You Can’t Wear Leather in Summer

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Leather may be edgy but isn’t that breathable. However, a leather jacket is still an option for those breezy summer nights. Just keep the rest of your outfit summer-inspired when wearing a leather jacket like opting for breezy dresses, knee-length dresses, or even cut-out ones. The elegant fabric can really dress up a pair of leather trousers or skirt when you’re out for drinks with friends or even at the office.

  1. Horizontal Stripes Aren’t Flattering

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When dresses, tops, and bottoms fit well, it doesn’t matter whether they come in stripes or solids. If you’re wearing a horizontal striped dress and feel like it widening your frame, simply top it off with a chic blazer to visually create a leaner silhouette. Nautical stripes are great patterns to incorporate especially if you’re on the beach.

  1. Store Your Boots until Fall

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You don’t necessarily have to say goodbye to your beloved boots and booties as long as you keep your outfit summer-inspired and breezy. You can give your sandals and wedges a break for one night, and it will help you mix up your outfits during these warmer months. If you have an eye for black leather booties, opt for low cut shaft or cut-out style to keep you breezy. If you can’t resist wearing your favorite ankle boots, throw them on in the sunshine with a nautical striped dress or a retro floral maxi dress with slit.

  1. No Jewelry at the Beach

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You probably won’t take a diamond or pearl necklace to the beach, but that doesn’t mean you need to go completely sans accessories. Think of sporting colorful threaded bracelets or dainty necklace to dress up your plain swimwear. Just make sure it’s nothing you’d be devastated to lose in the sand or the surf.

  1. Swimwear is Only for the Pool or Beach

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You don’t have to limit yourself to wear your swimwear at the beach to drop jaws, as you can now wear them on the streets. This season’s chic one-pieces and crop bustier tops work with high-waist shorts, skirts, and trousers. This way, you won’t be showing too much skin while keeping your style on trend.

  1. Fringe Is for Music Festivals

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Fringe doesn’t need to be costumey. Like fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur, look for small, refined fringe details on your bags or shoes to add some carefree vibe to your summer street style. Or be daring like Danielle Bernstein by wearing fringe dresses and skirts on the streets as long as they’re in breathable summer fabrics to keep you season-appropriate.

  1. Denim on Denim

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Has anyone out there hasn’t tried pairing denim with denim? Like fashion blogger Jessica Ricks, make your summer street style fashion-forward and season-appropriate by going for a cropped chambray shirt with a pair of white denim jeans. This way, you’ll feel more comfortable in open styles and lighter colors on your outfit.

  1. Sequins Are Only for the Holidays

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Sparkly pieces are normally reserved for holiday parties, but they can work in the summer, too. That doesn’t mean you should wear a beaded or sequin dress to a beach party as moderation is key. Like fashion blogger Jessica Stein, you may opt for a sequined clutch with summer-inspired embellishments to spice up your white outfits. They actually make a great casual look when treated like an accessory, but you can also opt for small pieces like a pair of sequin shorts or striped tee and leave your sequin dresses at home.

By breaking these fashion rules, you can make the most out of your summer while looking chic, polished, and unique on your looks.

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