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It Is Time To Let Go Of These Styling Rules

“Navy and black don’t mix”, “No white after labor day”, and “sandals and socks don’t mix” A lot of these rules have stuck with us throughout the years. Well, time changes and so do the rules. In fact, a lot of the styling tips we hear are personal opinions and that does not make it a rule by any means. In this article, we are debunking some styling myths we lived by for so long. 

1 || Horizontal & Vertical Stripes

To this moment I believed in the rule that says: Horizontal stripes make you look wider and vertical stripes make you look taller. Are you a believer too? 

A 2011 study has falsified this idea. It is not about avoiding horizontal or vertical stripes altogether. Instead, focus on thinking of the best kind of stripes to wear and how. When in doubt, go for thinner stripes as they are universally flattering. Match to high-waist shorts or a skirt and you are good to roll. 

2 || Gold & Silver Don’t Go Together

We are seeing that this rule is changing. Now a lot of jewelry designers mix gold and silver to give us more luxurious pieces than ever. It’s no longer single-tone jewelry stacks, so go wild. 

3 || Never Ever Wear Socks With Sandals

Hmmm although I do it sometimes, I still believe in this one actually (& I am sure I am not the only one). 

Even though this one is so divisive, you don’t need much to know that this rule is gone, open your Instagram and you will know what I am talking about. 

4 || Steer Away From White During Winter

Years before, people used to keep white for the very hot days and swap to darker tones when winter comes. Now white is being worn during winter as much as it is worn during summer and maybe more. 

We suggest going for warmer tones like ivory, oat, and cream rather than starker, brighter whites during the cooler months. Ground the look with black accessories and ta-da. 

5 || Shoes and Handbag Should Match

Well, no. You might know already that this one is so outdated. If matching accessories put everything together, mixing them up can take it to a whole new level. So unless you are wearing a monochromatic look, you need to get creative when matching accessories, especially shoes and bags. 

6 || Some Colors Don’t Go Together

Black & navy, black & brown and black & pink. You might think, yea this is right… You can avoid these mixes if you want, but if you like to go out of the box and try them out, our advice to you is to opt for soft, earthy tones that complement rather than clash.

7 || No Shorts To Workplace

Well, of course, you want to avoid things that are too tight or too short. Otherwise, now you can do shorts to work, especially if your workplace is casual. Opt for menswear-inspired silhouettes or look for a hem that hits at mid-thigh; nearly fingertip-length when your arms are resting at your sides.

8 || Sequins Are for nighttime only

Not anymore. Okay, let us agree that your little sequined dress is better kept for the evening. But a sequined headband, a blazer, or a sparkling tank top are great choices for the daytime.