5 Idiotic Fashion Rules — & How To Break Them

When you consider that most fashion rules have been around since your grandma was kicking it in seamed stockings, it can suddenly seem a little silly that we're still beholden to them. Sure, there was a time when wearing white to a wedding would make the bride see red, and when socks with sandals were strictly for the AARP set. But, cool girls know that with a little flair and finesse, you can get away with all kinds of rule-busting — and that's what makes getting dressed fun.
So, we're here to show you how to officially break up with five totally out-of-touch style commandments. Go ahead, rebel girls, let 'em clutch their pearls.
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You can actually get away with a fair amount of white as long as you pair it with flirty prints and playful accessories that make it clear you're not looking to be mistaken for the bride.
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Even the most dyed-in-the-wool style rebels tend to abide by this rule. But, trust us, there is a way to make wedding-guest white work — and still be invited to the happy couple's first anniversary bash.
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Most of us wear one almost every day (except for sweet, braless Sundays) — so what, exactly, is the big taboo about revealing those straps?
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The key is to make the reveal feel intentional by choosing a wide-neckline top, and an athletic-inspired bra with contrasting-color straps. (When in doubt, think: "What Would Gwen Stefani Do?")
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Most office dress codes don't explicitly ban them, but shorts can still somehow feel a little under-dressed for the office. But, fear not — there is a way to make your weekend walking-around pair feel right at home in Cubeland.
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Your weekend Bermudas become part of a non-traditional suit when paired with a flowy top and kimono-style jacket. We definitely recommend a loafer or other flat shoe, here — a high heel with shorts can feel a little too "look at me YOLO-ing in my formal shorts."
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Yes, there was a time when this look was strictly for the Key West snowbirding, BluBlocker-wearing set. But, we promise, you don't need an AARP card to pull this one off.
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We'd never sneeze at a good ol' sweatsock-and-slide combo ourselves, but if you're just dipping a toe into this trend, try a thin, sheer, printed sock with a clean-lined skirt and top — it takes the look way past basic and into fashion-badass territory.
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Spangly minidresses and sparkly tops were staples of our college going-out wardrobes. But, just because our tequila-shots-at-last-call days are behind us, doesn't mean we have to give up our shine.
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Incorporating little hits of shine throughout your outfit — gleaming metallic shoes, eye-catching lurex thread on a sophisticated pencil skirt — can add depth and texture to your look, without making it look like you're about to order a drink with "Long Island" or "sex" in the name.
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