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30 Outdated Fashion Rules to Break

“Tall Women Shouldn’t Wear Heels”

“Tall Women Shouldn’t Wear Heels”

Not only is this fashion rule outdated, but it’s also a little sexist. It stems from the notion that tall women aren’t feminine, and that she shouldn’t draw extra attention to herself. What a load of bologna. Women should be able to wear heels if they want to, regardless of their height. 

 

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“No White After Labor Day”

“No White After Labor Day”

White is amazing all year ‘round, assuming you can keep it stain-free. This shade makes you look fresh, crisp, and awake when pulled together. The whole "no white after Labor Day" has long been passé.

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“Never Do Double Denim”

“Never Do Double Denim”

There are a ton of outfits that you can do with denim on denim. Jeans with a denim crop top jacket are especially great. If you want to go jeans with a denim shirt, then that can also work. We’re guessing it’ll be “in” soon, anyway.

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“Don’t Mix Prints”

“Don’t Mix Prints”

All of this hullabaloo about mixed prints being too busy or too much is dumb. Mixed prints can elevate your look from ordinary to fresh and stylish! This year, you should try mixing prints. If you’re worried, you can start slow by mixing floral designs.

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“Never Pair Gold and Silver Jewelry”

“Never Pair Gold and Silver Jewelry”

Fashion designers and experts have long said that you shouldn’t pair gold and silver jewelry, but bloggers and celebs do it all the time and look especially great. Why? They make it look deliberate. You can do this, too, by stacking bracelets and rings—yes! You can stack rings, as well. 

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“Never Wear One Shade Head-to-Toe”

“Never Wear One Shade Head-to-Toe”

Dare to break this rule! Dressing head-to-toe in one color isn’t an easy feat, but if you love the color, nothing should stop you from showing it off. Yellow, blue, red—whatever your shade!

 

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“Don’t Let Your Bra Show”

“Don’t Let Your Bra Show”

We all have that one bra that won’t stay in place no matter how hard you try. You know what? Who cares. Women wear bras. Some even choose to wear decorative bralettes to show under their shirt. A strapped bra under a strapless dress can also look great!

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“Short Women Should Avoid Maxi Dresses”

“Short Women Should Avoid Maxi Dresses”

Apparently, shorter women look even shorter when wearing maxi dresses—psych! Petite women look just as amazing in maxi dresses than anyone else. That’s made clear by celebs and fashion bloggers alike. Our only suggestion is to make sure that the dress isn’t so long you trip over it.

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“Take Fashion Seriously”

“Take Fashion Seriously”

What? That’s the biggest joke we’ve ever heard. Fashion is supposed to be a way to explore your own personal style and have fun! It’s like makeup. You should do whatever you want, as long as it makes you happy.

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“Navy and Black Don’t Go Together”

“Navy and Black Don’t Go Together”

Navy and black go together wonderfully. In fact, many fashion experts have encouraged people to mix the two. Navy adds a bit of brightness to the outfit and can even freshen up your face depending on how you wear it.

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“You Have to Spend a Lot”

“You Have to Spend a Lot”

You never have to spend hundreds of dollars on fashion, unless you want to. Sure, it may last longer, but there’s a point where it isn’t worth it. Plus, you can find a lot of the high-dollar fashion at thrift stores. 

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“Faux Fur and Leather are Tacky”

“Faux Fur and Leather are Tacky”

Faux fur and leather are completely fine. Some fashion designers are even embracing faux fur and leather as a way to combat animal abuse and mistreatment. We also want to mention that faux fur and leather is a lot cheaper, which is always great in our book.

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“Sneakers are Only for Exercising”

“Sneakers are Only for Exercising”

Recent trends have shown that sneakers aren’t just for the gym. You can wear them wherever you want when paired with the right outfit. Shoe brands are also creating tennis shoes that are much more stylish than their old counterparts.

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“You Should Match Your Bag and Shoes”

“You Should Match Your Bag and Shoes”

Some even say you should match your bag, shoes, and belt! What a hassle. That may have been true 50 years ago but matching your accessories can actually make you look a little dated. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t, but not matching your bag and shoes is perfectly fine.

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“Only Wear One Bold Color at a Time”

“Only Wear One Bold Color at a Time”

If we’ve learned anything from the color-blocking trend, it’s that you can wear two bold colors at the same time. Saturated reds look especially great with sunny yellows. It’s all about making sure the colors go together and don’t clash.

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“Red Lipstick is Only for the Evening”

“Red Lipstick is Only for the Evening”

Uh, red lipstick is beautiful no matter when you wear it. In all honesty, red lip with a smoky eye used to be the makeup of choice not too long ago whether it was sunny outside or not. Our only suggestion is that you shouldn’t wear bold eyes and a bold lip, but even that’s flexible.

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“Avoid Horizontal Stripes”

“Avoid Horizontal Stripes”

Rumor has it that horizontal stripes make you look larger. This rule is pretty cliché. Sure, a skin-tight horizontal stripe outfit may only look good on a teeny model, but there are plenty of pieces that use horizontal stripes that look great on any body type.

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“Loose Styles Flatter Plus-Size Women”

“Loose Styles Flatter Plus-Size Women”

Loose clothing doesn’t flatter anyone’s shape, even if it is incredibly comfortable. We’re not an advocate saying that you can’t ever wear loose clothing, but plus-size women shouldn’t avoid fitted outfits like the plague. Truth be told, loose styles make most people look larger.

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“High-Waist Pants are Always Unflattering”

“High-Waist Pants are Always Unflattering”

We don’t think you can label anything as “always unflattering.” They got a bad rap thanks to people wearing them wrong, but they’re fantastic for making someone look taller and leaner. It elongates the lower body, making the wearer appear slimmer with little effort. 

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“Never Wear Tights with Open-Toed Shoes”

“Never Wear Tights with Open-Toed Shoes”

Tights with open-toed shoes are a classic look. Whoever made up this rule never actually looked down. Women just need to be careful to tuck the seam under your toes or high on your foot, so it doesn’t show.

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“Avoid Sequins During the Day”

“Avoid Sequins During the Day”

Sequins can be beautiful, especially during the day when the daylight bounces off of them. The trick to wearing them during the day is to pair them with something dressy and something casual. You can also wear a sequined dress, which looks pretty dang stunning on most women.

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“Clear Heels are a No-No”

“Clear Heels are a No-No”

Some say that clear heels make you look like a stripper, but that’s bologna. Several designers have embraced the clear trend to create stunning shoes, so why not embrace it with them?

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“Don’t Mix Black and Brown”

“Don’t Mix Black and Brown”

Brown and black are both neutrals, and neutrals always go together. Whoever created this rule didn’t really think it through. Black jeans and brown booties are our aesthetic. A black turtleneck with a brown leather skirt is another example of this combination, and this pairing is timeless. 

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“Redheads Shouldn’t Wear Red or Pink”

“Redheads Shouldn’t Wear Red or Pink”

This one is tricky. Some shades of red clash with certain natural redhead shades. Redheads can wear red or pink, but they just need to be a little extra careful about which shades they pick. At the end of the day, wear what makes you happy. 

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“Plus-Size Women Need to Avoid Sleeveless Tops and Dresses”

“Plus-Size Women Need to Avoid Sleeveless Tops and Dresses”

During the summer, it’s hot. Plus-size women like to be cool as much as any other woman. Wear sleeveless tops and dresses as much as you want if you’re plus-size. Screw everyone else. Wear what you want.

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“Never Wear Leather in the Summer”

“Never Wear Leather in the Summer”

Other than the heat, nothing should stop you from wearing leather in the summer. After spending so much on a leather, why only wear it two seasons out of the year? That’s ridiculous. Instead, wear it whenever you please!

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“Flats Should Only Be Worn with Casual Looks”

“Flats Should Only Be Worn with Casual Looks”

Wear flats with everything. Wear it with flowy dresses, beautiful skirts, jeans, shorts—whatever! They’re too comfortable to limit to casual looks. If you’re dressing them up, you can wear flats with embellishments to give them a little flair. 

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“Black Is Only for the Winter”

“Black Is Only for the Winter”

Black for winter is like the white after Labor Day rule—totally passé. Black can be worn whenever the heck you want. During the summer, lightweight black pieces can look great, but you may feel a little on the warmer side. That’s what AC is for, right?

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“Don’t Shop in the Men’s Section”

“Don’t Shop in the Men’s Section”

Most women know that the men’s section is cheaper than the women’s section. Not to mention, the sizing in the men’s section is often more consistent, too. If you want boyfriend jeans or other pieces, give the men’s section a shot. 

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“Avoid Suede in the Winter”

“Avoid Suede in the Winter”

No suede during the winter? Yeah, we're not gonna listen to that. Grab a bottle of Scotchgard and get ready to wear your suede during the winter. We also think that suede is one of the warmest fabrics you can wear, so why not wear it during the winter?

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