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7 Fashion Rules That Were Meant To Be Broken
Posted on December 18th, 2010

People love to make fashion rules, but do you have to follow them? We think not. While some fashion rules have some logic behind them, others make absolutely no sense. In most cases, it’s best to do what works for you, your body shape and your personal style and preferences. Here are seven fashion rules that you can freely ignore:

1. No white after Labor Day
These days, wearing white in the winter is actually very chic. Winter white coats, woolen white skirts, even white boots can all look gorgeous.

(Anna Wintour in a white coat)
Guests make there way to and from The Balenciaga Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on September 30, 2010 in Paris, France. Pictured here is Anna Wintour Restriction applies: USA ONLY  Fame Pictures, Inc

2. When you wear jewelry, never mix silver and gold
This is another oldie that no one pays attention to these days. In fact, many pieces of jewelry are now two-toned and contain both white and yellow gold.

3. Your shoes and purse must match
But that would be so boring! This was of course a rule that everyone followed back in the sixties, but these days, feel free to mix and match.

4. Women over 40 should cut their hair short
If your hair is soft and full, there’s no need to cut it short. Just get a haircut that nicely frames your face, regardless of the length, or your age.

(Sarah Jessica Parker, over 40, has beautiful long hair)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends the New York City Ballet 2010 fall gala at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on October 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

5. You must dress according to your age
Fashion rules that limit how women over-forty dress were made back when women didn’t exercise. Ignore them, and dress according to your fitness level and body type.

6. Never mix black and brown
Why? Just because, it seems. Since both colors are neutrals, there’s no reason for them to clash. Just use your own judgement, but we’ll let you in on a little secret: we love wearing a black top, paired with a brown leather jacket and brown boots!

(Olivia Palermo mixes black and brown)
46395, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Wednesday October 20, 2010. Olivia Palermo, star of The City , wears a fur vest while having lunch with a friend at Sant Ambroeus in NYC. After lunch, the pair walked arm in arm down the street to a waiting cab. Photograph:  Wagner Az,

7. If you wore it the first time, don’t wear it the second time
While this rule actually has some merit, we still think you should decide on each case separately rather than feel compelled to not wear a fun trend just because it’s a repeat trend. Case in point: flair pants. A gentle flair is very chic and flattering – even if you’re in your fifties and have worn bell-bottoms back in the seventies!

The bottom line: If we all followed fashion rules, the world would be a very boring place. Do what works for you, and ignore the naysayers.

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