For the next few weeks we’re breaking all the rules – of fashion that is. No white after Labor Day, no mixing multiple patterns, no pairing black with brown: kick these sartorial no-nos to the curb. Not only are we breaking them left & right, I’ll teach you exactly how. Sit back & enjoy your new found fashion freedom.
Rule #1: Never mix your metals.
How to break it: If you’re new to mixing silver + gold & not quite sure if you can handle the madness test drive it by purchasing a piece that’s already mixed. There are tons of mixed metal gems out there & you can find my top 3 favorites below.
Mix & match your favorite arm party staples in an array of different shades. From rose gold to yellow gold to silver, the world is your bedazzled oyster. If you get stuck after 2 or 3 bangles, try adding a large statement piece in a pattern or solid color to finish the look instead of piling on more jewels.
Already a master of mixing? Try layering a few of your favorite necklaces to make a huge statement this season.
pre-mixed: 1 | 2 | 3
Rule #2: Never mix patterns.
How to break it: This “rule” is one I had a hard time pushing over the edge especially when it came to work wear. I find it easiest to mix pattens that have something in common whether it be the designer, a particular color, or even the same pattern.
Rule #3: Never wear more than one bold color at a time.
How to break it: Pish posh. Now that you’re mixing patterns, there’s not anything you can’t do. Pair your favorite colors, draw new inspiration from Pinterest, or stick with old favorites – just stay away from red + yellow. It will never remind me of anything other than the condiment squeeze jars on deli tables. No, thanks, Ronald McDonald.
Keep in mind, just because you’re sporting bold colors doesn’t mean you should shy away from patterned accessories. Get down with your bad self.
Rule #4: Never mix pink & red.
How to break it: No, it’s not just worn on Valentine’s Day, you, “Shhh”. These colors are perfectly acceptable to wear together & even better than acceptable – they’re uber feminine & uber chic. Not feeling the love with this particular mix? Substitute any piece for a similar version in a cream color.
Rule #5: Black & navy don’t go together.
How to break it: This may be one of the silliest rules, right up there with ‘Black & brown don’t mix’. Fooey. Not only do black & navy absolutely go together, it’s one of the greatest combinations in the history of the fashion world. How many black pieces do you have in your closet? How many navy? Now MIX THEM. The outfit combinations are endless.