No White After Labor Day. No Opaque Tights with Open Toe Shoes. No Hats Indoors. Really? Who made these rules? Will the fashion police issue a citation to the fashion savvy that breaks these and other traditional fashion rules?
While trends are constantly evolving and changing, there is one thing we can be sure of when it comes to fashion – rules were meant to be broken. Savvy and stylish fashion bloggers and stylist where ask to share their favorite fashion rule to break and why. All agree that they are always breaking fashion rules. After all what fun is it to bland in? And, all agree that personal style defies rules and you should be able to play by your own rules. So-called fashion rules and restrictions have gone out of style and playing by the rules can be rather boring. These fashionistas secret is to just do it with style and finesse in a way that will make everyone stop to take note. Final answer is yes; break the rules.
Fashion Blogger – Juley Le
Fashion Myth: Short Girls Should Avoid Maxi Length Skirts
True an above the knee hemline gives a short girl a taller look, but avoiding the maxi trend would be a fashion faux pas. Being petite (5’2) does not limit Juley Le options of what to wear. Her secret in pulling this look off is pairing it with a crop top or blouse that stops at the waistline so she isn’t overwhelmed with lots of fabric.
One rule I always break is taking risks with the length of my skirts. Midi-skirts with high heels are surprisingly very flattering for the vertically challenged!
- Juley Le
- New Orleans, LA
- Fashion Blog – upperlyne
- Instagram: @juleytl
Fashion Blogger – Hayley Taylor
Fashion Myth: Accessories must Coordinate
Matching earrings and necklace, matching shoes and handbag. The idea of coordinating one’s accessories is oftentimes referred to as “matchy-matchy”. Not a very fashion forward term and oftentimes considered boring and matronly. A matching handbag and shoes does have a polish and complete look, but why play it safe? Hayley Taylor love to mix it up;
Sometimes I need a little pop of contrasting color to really give an outfit the wow factor!
- Hayley Taylor
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Fashion Blog – Styled & Taylored
- Instagram: @styledandtaylored
Fashion Stylist – Audra Rodriguez
Fashion Myth: Leather and Warm Weather doesn’t Mix
There’s no reason leather needs to take a seasonal hiatus from your wardrobe rotation. It can work well at the office, air conditioned settings, and cocktail events. Remember balance and proportion is key. Every girl needs a leather fashion item in her fashion arsenal. Think crop jacket, shorts, or bustier; all great staple piece that are versatile, trans-seasonal and gives that instant cool factor. Audra Marie Rodriguez says;
If there is one fashion rule I enjoy breaking, it’s wearing a leather jacket during summer days in LA. I think every woman should invest in one great leather jacket. It’s my staple piece that can upgrade any casual summer outfit and look stylish without even trying. I even substitute wearing a leather jacket instead of a work blazer, easy to transition when working long days from work to an evening dinner or music event.
- Audra Marie Rodriguez
- Los Angeles, CA | Austin, TX
- Instagram: @audramariestyle
Fashion Blogger – Morrell Turner
Fashion Myth: No White after Labor Day
This is a fashion debate that has been going on for decades. Some blame it on a high society form of segregation that distinguished the wealthy from the less fortunate. Regardless of how it all started it is beyond time to give this age-old sartorial cliché the proverbial boot! Even though the calendar says it’s October, the weather outside still feels like July especially in New Orleans. Morrell Turner says;
The weight of the fabric is key. Lightweight materials, like linen, chiffon, eyelet, and charmeuse, are meant for pool parties and barbecues. Heavier materials, such as white denim, stonewashed khaki, and crisp white button front shirt are more suitable for the fall season. Swap out your accessories; add ankle booties and leather crop jacket to seamlessly bring the look into fall.
- Morrell Turner
- Mobile, AL
- Fashion Blog – Morrell’s Armoire
- Instagram: @morrellsarmoire
Fashion Stylist – Kassey Rich
Fashion Myth: Less is More
This one should never have been put in the rule book. You don’t need to replicate Iris Apfel, but accessory, color and layers (and lots of it) can take an outfit from bland to bold in a snap. The less is more rule is wardrobe stylist Kassey Rich favorite fashion rule to break.
I’m always layering, whether it be clothing, jewelry, or accessories, there can never be enough. In the words of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one piece off”. I’m usually the person adding one more piece or bringing extras with me to throw on later. Mixing patterns, layering necklaces, arm parties, and denim on denim are only some of the ways I break this rule. Anything big, over the top, and loud always calls my name.
- Kassey Rich
- Los Angeles, CA
- Instagram: @kasstagrama