Rules are made to be broken, and none more so than those that dictate what we can and cannot wear. It’s 2019 and even though there are times and places that do dictate modesty and formality, our wardrobes are less restricted than ever before. Fashion trends are fun to follow and invite us to take part in the creative vision of fashion designers who continue to challenge, question and reshape the societal aesthetic, but what we wear is all our own. That’s why we are calling time on these instructions that are totally out of date and most definitely out of style.
You cannot wear navy and black together
I’m sorry, what?! Side with the likes of Phoebe Philo and the Olsen twins and trash this outdated ideal pronto. Navy and black is quite simply the chicest colour pairing that can possibly combine. A navy cashmere sweater, smart skinny jeans and black leather loafers makes for an outfit combination packed with ease and elegance that proves the notion of not mixing these shades entirely redundant.
Your bags and shoes must always match
Are you The Queen? No (If you are a very warm welcome to Miss Vogue, Your Majesty.) Bags and shoes no longer need to be matching. It’s not the ’50s, when women invested in a matching set that would be procured to last for all seasons, all occasions and invitations. Now, it’s more realistic and fun to pair chunky trainers with a ladylike clutch, high-heel stilettos with a nylon bumbag. But don’t disregard the allure of a matching set. There is something magic about purposefully pairing a colour-bright shoe with an identical bag – just make it a styling choice and not an everyday rule to dress by.
You should never mix metals
Are you gold or silver? Who cares. Out with the old adage that one must only wear a single metal and in with the new of mixing and matching, piling and layering. Do this and you’ll find the combination of the metals actually complements each piece and will only add magpie appeal to your jewellery favourites.