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Breaking Fashion Rules Beautifully

UnknownI have always been of the mindset of “wear what you want…as long as it’s pretty!”  Maybe it’s the years of my lady-like mom hammering her lady-like values into my head.  No matter the time of year, I wear what I want within reason.  This thinking apparently goes against some really old, boring fashion rules.  Let’s discuss…

Have you ever been told that you can’t wear white after Labor Day?  Mixing gold and silver is tacky?  Your shoes have to match your belt (LOL)?  Clutches are only for evening?  BAH!  BAH, I SAY!!!!

A couple of years ago, I found the Holy Grail of white denim – a pair of Hudson skinnies in the Holts denim section. Perfect fit, no baggy knees, no saggy ass.  I slammed down my credit card and they were mine.

I wore them all summer long, and when August said her goodbyes and Labor Day said hello…I kept my white skinnies in the regular closet rotation.  No longer pairing them with printed tunics, boyfriend tees and tanks, I was throwing them on with silk camisoles and cardigans, cashmere cowlneck sweaters and knee-high boots.

Secondly, I like mixing things up.  Ever try prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe or maple bacon donuts?  Seemingly strange but  YUM.  Let’s add the same principles to gold and silver jewelry.  Personally, I LOVE gold.  I love how it looks against my dark skin, I love how it glows against a tan – it just screams “classically stylish”. Silver’s bright, clean shine only enhances gold’s warmth.  Mixing these metals looks fresh and modern – just go for it!

Another fashion rule meant to be broken is the “clutches are only for evening” rule.  There are so many nice clutches out there and not enough hours in the day…so why not use one whenever?  I notice ladies using clutches more nowadays…but not enough for my liking!  Clutches are such a nice change from shoulder-breaking hobos and forearm-crushing totes.  I say this while kicking the dreaded Mountain Equipment Co-op backpack under my desk *hangs head in shame*.  Think of the liberation a clutch offers that only carries your lipgloss, credit cards and keys!!  Your husband can hold your giant iPhone 6+!!

What are some other dated fashion rules that you love breaking?

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. Zafy
    January 29, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I once almost told someone that “mixed metals go b*&!h” when she said that I wasn’t matching! great post! keep them coming xo

  2. Vanessa
    January 30, 2015 / 3:00 am

    Red and pink clash… WUT? I love them together.

    The only two rules I stand by is that overalls and wedge sneakers (separately and together) are ALWAYS horrible!

    • Vanessa
      January 30, 2015 / 3:02 am

      *ARE not IS. sigh. glad this isn’t a grammar blog.

    • January 30, 2015 / 4:48 pm

      I am sooooo still buying overalls. LOL! I’m thinking a TLC sorta look. Now to locate ridiculous, oversized PVC hat.

  3. January 30, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Me? With a grammar blog? I can barely type, babe. You know that. ;O)

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