We all face a style rut from time to time. It’s easy to feel like there aren’t enough wardrobe options to break out of a routine, especially when we’re confined by the tiring lists of clothing rules telling us what we cannot wear.
But most of these “rules” simply don’t apply anymore, and rebelling against outdated fashion advice can really open up your closet.
Contrary to what you might have been told, here are some fashion dos:
Say yes to stripes
Bold lines are in. Go ahead and buck that fear of wearing horizontal stripes because anyone can look fantastic wearing them. The key is to choose patterns that proportionately align with your figure, noted Gabi Fresh at InStyle. Wider stripes – think a couple inches or more – flatter fuller shapes, while fine lines have the opposite effect.
Leggings for the win
Who says stretchy can’t play on the same team as classy? Given the right fabric and cut, leggings connect fashion with form.
Balance them with a flowy top for a polished look that will keep you comfortable.
The power of prints
You are not fated to a life of only solid colors. If prints are what you fancy, go for them! Follow the same tips you would with stripes: choose shapes and textures parallel to your proportions.
Even better, said Harper’s Bazaar, you have the freedom to mix and match prints. Dots and abstracts? Florals and stripes? Yes, please. This won’t be the first season mix-it-up styles have been on trend. Now you can multiply your outfit options using pieces you already own.
Spin the color wheel
It’s open season on all chromatics and now’s the time to expand your palette. Black is not the only shade suited to slimming your frame, and you really can wear white year-round. Along the spectrum of hues, beautiful brights are never off-limits.
If you’re not convinced that you want to jump into Technicolor just yet, try toning down a bold color with more subtle accessories. We’re sure you’ll like what you see.
Don’t sweat it
Say goodbye to drab gray. Sets of sweats now come in designer varieties that look sleeker than gym wear, said Refinery 29. Embrace the stylishly casual.
Shift your outlook
One commonly repeated fashion mantra is to choose dresses that emphasize your waist. While creating such a shape is guaranteed to be flattering, it doesn’t have to be your only move, said Fresh. If you like the look of a shift dress, there’s no reason not to go for it.
Wear skinny jeans
Of all the bad fashion advice, the most puzzling is the idea that loose-fitting pants are the only way to go. Baggy jeans tend to create a boxy silhouette, and there’s no reason not to show off your curves. Slim jeans are another great option.
Now that the book of what to wear has been revised, it’s time to go shopping. Dare to add some of these pieces to your wardrobe and you’ll never feel bored. The most important rule of all, though, is to stay true to yourself. If you like a piece of clothing and feel comfortable, it’s a must-have!
Tell us about a fashion myth you’d like us to de-bunk or one you have already in the comments below!