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The Fashion Rules That Aren't Relevant Anymore

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    We'll be the first to admit that Refinery29 is a pretty strange place to work as far as clothing is concerned. We think a creative, adventurous outfit is a sign of a creative, adventurous person, and not an unprofessional one. We think that wearing something no one else is wearing is a thing worthwhile of praise, and conversely, if you don't care about your clothes (which some people here don't!), that's just fine, too. Pretty much anything goes here, and once you've had a taste of that kind of freedom, it can be hard to accept anything else.

    Maybe that's why we have so little patience for fashion rules. Anything that stifles, or assumes that we all want to look the same way — it's like, can we just live? Especially during this week when most fashion publications are putting out their September issues chock full of the rules and guidelines they're living by for the next year, we'd rather celebrate individuality and personal choices than a set of "approved" trends — especially not those old-as-dust fashion rules we grew up hearing about. To kick off our second annual F*ck The Fashion Rules week, we had 29 Refinery29 staffers, both past and present, talk about the fashion rules they love to ignore.

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    Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take off one thing.
    “You know that rule? Always take one thing off before you leave the house? Yep — that’s not for me. More is more, in my opinion, and I like to pile it on.” — Erin

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    Don’t mix prints.
    “I’ve absorbed from magazines and catalogues that clashing prints are a huge no-no. If you wear stripes, you can only pair them with a plain clothing item or accessory of the same color or wear another striped item that is of similar print and color scheme. Boring. I wear everything with everything all the time because life is too short to worry about polka dots with floral.” — Liat

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    Women should wear women’s clothes.
    “To dress in 'women's' clothing. Clothing doesn't have genitals, so why is it gendered?” — Ash

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    No white after Labor Day.
    "I’ve always ignored the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule. It always bothered some people SO much (especially some of my sorority sisters in college) when I insisted on wearing, say, white jeans in the middle of winter. I can't help it that they look so good with black booties!" — Sophie

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    Don’t mix blue and black.
    “I love mixing blue and black, even though I know that's an old no-no. I love a navy top and a black patterned bottom (I'm wearing it today!). I think they look great together, despite the ‘rule.’” — Molly