Women’s fashion is full of rules. Don’t match this color with that color. Avoid wearing this accessory with that dress. Only wear this if you’re wearing that…and so on. These rules used to work, but many of them are already outdated and should be ditched. Here are some of those updated style don’ts and how you can actually wear them to boost your fashion sense.
RULE 1: BLACK WITH NAVY IS A NO-NO
Browse around the World Wide Web and you will still several articles that say you are not supposed to wear navy with black. Perhaps the reason that fashion police in the past made this rule is that navy and black are two colors that have a similar shade, which means when they are worn together, may look mismatched. You can make this combo work, however, and that is by wearing a lighter shade of navy. Contrast is key. The more obvious the contrast between the two colors, the better the combination.
RULE 2: SPARKLE IS ONLY FOR NIGHT FASHION
Many fear to wear sequins during the day, and that is because they can be very tricky. However, when worn the right way, they can really help up your style. The secret is to wear your shimmery piece with other pieces that are simpler and laidback. A pair of distressed jeans and white jacket can lend a sequined tank an easygoing appeal that can be perfect for the weekend.
RULE 3: NEVER MIX PRINTS
If you have always had a hard time mixing prints, you are not alone. This is one style challenge that is very hard to master, but when done right, the result can be very stylistic. The good news it’s not possible to accomplish. The secret to mixing prints is to simply stick to the same color family. This will result to a more harmonious and balanced look. When it comes to pattern, balance a larger print with a smaller-scale one. Finally, let your clothes do the talking by keeping your accessories to a minimum.
RULE 4: WEAR LOOSE CLOTHES TO HIDE UNWANTED CURVES
Shapeless outfits can cover up those problem areas, but why settle for something you didn’t want to wear in the first place just to hide unwanted curves if you can wear your favorite dress and still get the same results? Sounds too good to be true, but you can actually do it by choosing styles that skim and flatter your body rather than emphasize areas you are trying to hide.
RULE: WEARING CLOTHES WITH HORIZONTAL STRIPES WILL MAKE YOU LOOK BIG
True, but not if you know how to pick the right piece. The wrong top will really make you look huge, but the right one can help camouflage unwanted areas. The key is to select a body-hugging piece that can help trim the shoulder and tummy areas.
RULE: MATCH YOUR SHOES TO YOUR BAG – ALWAYS!
This one is a classic rule that probably dates back to your grandma’s time. You can totally break this rule and still look chic! The secret is to highlight one of the items and mute the other. For instance, if you want to wear your attention-grabbing leopard pumps, choose to wear a bag or purse with a simpler style that won’t clash with your heels.
About the Author: Florence Jones is a blogger about lifestyle and fashion trends. She is currently working as a freelance stylist and writer, contributing her insights about the beauty and fashion industry. Florence recommends a fashion movie online to inspire you only at FashionplusTV.