(Closed) Are you a fashion rule breaker? (Friday Fun)

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Which fashion "rules" do you break?
    Don't mix navy and black or brown and black : (67 votes)
    14 %
    Don't mix metals : (66 votes)
    14 %
    Don't wear white after labor day (or before memorial day) : (67 votes)
    14 %
    Don't wear tights with open toe shoes : (31 votes)
    7 %
    Wear hosiery with formal dresses : (64 votes)
    14 %
    Match shoes to bag : (81 votes)
    17 %
    Don't mix patterns : (39 votes)
    8 %
    Don't mix denim : (19 votes)
    4 %
    No visible undergarments : (35 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 17
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

    The only color I wear head to toe…is black. I’m a designer. It (actually) just happens naturally. I was ALWAYS in colors, and then, suddenly. Black it was.

    Post # 18
    4369 posts
    Honey bee

    Ooh, I break them all. Whoppee!

    Post # 19
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    There are definitely times when I wear all black and I always get compliments when I do.

    Post # 20
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I broke the majority of these and I think these rules are getting antiquated anyway. It’s really common to see mixed metals, for example, and I don’t think people intentionally match bags to shoes anymore.

    That being said, I still would not wear hosiery with open-toe shoes or mix denims.

    Post # 21
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I break a lot of fashion rules.   But really, I think it depends, I’ll see someone wearing something they “shouldn’t” and think ugh!  Then ill see someone else doing the same thing but it looks much better.

    its not what you wear, it’s how you wear it!

    Post # 22
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    A lot of these rules are outdated since they have been deconstructed and broken down in the fashion world. You see a lot of runway designers purposely breaking these rules nowadays. I think Dolce & Gabbana became quite famous for mixing black and brown back in the day.

    • I usually don’t mix black and brown too often anymore because I just don’t wear a lot of brown, but I do mix navy and black. 
    • I don’t often mix metals, but I will. I don’t really think it’s such a big deal. 
    • White is not my color of choice since black is a lot more slimming, but I live in Florida so I don’t really care about that whole wearing white after Labor Day thing. What I think is seasonal appropriate is wearing winter white in the colder months, which is often a heavier fabric in an eggshell or cream. To me, that is more seasonal appropriate than wearing white cotton clothes after Labor Day.
    • I would never wear tights with open toe shoes. To me that’s not a fashion rule, that’s just not attractive. 
    • Hosiery in certain settings is appropriate, but in this day and age it’s more often outdated than not. Bare legs are in!
    • I think matching shoes to bags is another fashion industry rule that has been deconstructed. The same as matching different patterns together. There are now certain rules for how to do that too (keeping the color palettes similar, mixing a wider print with a smaller print to even out the “busy-ness”, put some neutrals in there to break it up, etc.). 
    • Mixing denim is another fashion indsutry rule that is now totally out the window. So many runways and designers are purposfully putting denim looks together. There are also rules for how to do that (darker vs. lighter so you don’t look like one big walking pair of jeans, etc.). I personally don’t this so much since I just don’t wear a lot of denim, but I’m not afraid of trying it out. 
    • I think having no visible undergarments is just classy. There are some looks that may call for a bandeau bra, but after a certain age (or in a specific time or place) it’s probably better not to.
    • Wearing one color head to toe is still a rule that I live by, except for black! I’ve seen some runways and celebrities pull this off, but I just think it translates better in an editorial sense than it does in street style.
    • Wearing sparkle during the day is totally of-the-moment! How to take sequins from day to night, that kind of thing. I personally love it as long it looks daytime appropriate, and not like a nightclub at 12 PM.

    Post # 23
    3063 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I mix black and navy and occasionally black and brown.

    I never wear nylons/tights/pantyhose. Ever.

    Sometimes I wear dresses/skirts/dresser outfits with my Converse sneakers.

    I wear white when I am feeling brave, regardless of season.

    I never match my shoes to my bag.

    Not gonna lie, I do not care if my bra straps are showing when I wear a tank in the summer. Come at me, bro! Tongue Out Haha

    Post # 24
    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My OH makes me laugh because he has to match his belt and shoes (and gloves when he wears them). And he hates to wear blue jeans with a blue top (which I do all the time). It confuses me!

    I have some personal rules. eg I wouldn’t wear tights with sandals, I hate flesh-coloured tights, if I wear leggings then I have to be wearing a LONG top or dress, shorts should not show bum cheeks, heeled shoes have to be worn for “dressing up”.

    Post # 25
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I know it’s less of a fashion faux pas than it used to be, but putting black and brown together still really bothers me!  I’ve tried it a few times as of late and had to ask my friend several times if she was sure it looked ok haha!  It’s more of a mental thing than anything else I believe.

    And who says you can’t wear anything sparkly in the daytime?!  Does this mean sequins on your shirt kind of sparkly or not wearing huge, flashy costume jewelry?  I don’t think it’s ever wrong to wear sparkle 😉

    Post # 26
    6354 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Most fashion rules make sense under some circumstances (that’s why they exist) and I’ll follow them under those, and when they don’t apply, I don’t. They’re just supposed to be rules of thumb that help you know how to dress well. When in doubt, it’s better to follow them than not.

    Post # 27
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Since it isn’t 1987 I am not concerned with any of these rules 🙂

    Post # 28
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I break all of these rules quite regularly (except for the open-toed shoes + tights), but I also follow them at other times. A big part of why I love fashion is how creative it allows me to be. So, I am certainly not going to practice strict adherence to dated, over-restrictive “rules” if they don’t suit. 

    Post # 29
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    In New York there are no rules!

    Post # 30
    2571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Jenncoco:  +100000!!!

    It’s true. Look around NYC and you will see every type of fashion/style/etc.. Whatever you deem a faux pas, someone you see on the street will rock. 

    Here is my fashion that breaks the rules:

    1. I wear leopard print, snake print, zebra print (not all at the same time!) in the office. Yes, I know that it looks Jerseylicious, but whatever. I rock it.

    2. I wear heavy eye make-up in the office.

    3. I wear subtle sparkles to the office. 

    4. I wear sneakers with nice pants/skirts when I commute. No way am I commuting by foot/subway in 4 inch heels.

    5. I never wear hosiery with formal dresses in the summer. In the winter/autumn/early spring, I wear hosiery with every type of skirt/dress.

    6. I wear bandage miniskirts in the office, HOWEVER I make sure that they are an appropriate length. I also have a colleague who has been at my company for a long time, and she wears mini-skirts all the time – that’s how I deemed them appropriate for my office.

    7. I hardly ever match purse to shoes unless they are both black. 


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