15 Style Rules to Break in 2016
If there's one thing that fashion's pretty famous for, it's the long list of supposed dos and don'ts. Never wear white after Labor Day. Ditch the horizontal stripes. Make sure everything matches perfectly. It can be stressful, to say the least, sucking the fun out of something many may use to express themselves.
So as 2016 gets underway, we're solving this style dilemma in the simplest way possible: we're going to rebel. Read on for 15 rules we're ready to break in the new year, then check out our ultimate fashion resolutions, ensuring that its your best dressed year yet.
Hide Your Socks
Show them off by pairing them with pumps and sandals. It's an unexpected take on a classic look.
You Can Only Wear Dresses and Skirts With Heels
Dress down fancy ensembles with a cool pair of kicks.
Everything Must Match
Stripes, leopard, and polka dots are practically neutrals at this point. Wear them with other fun prints of a similar scale to mix things up.
Ditch All-White Looks After Labor Day
Winter whites are a big trend this season, so don't pack up those pants and skirts just yet.
Labels Are Very Important
These lace-up heels aren't designer: they're actually from Aldo! Shopping at fast-fashion stores is a great way to try a popular trend without breaking the bank, and even editors are able to find most of their wardrobe at places like Zara.
Metallics Only Work at Night
Sequins and pops of gold make everyday looks a lot more interesting, helping you steal the spotlight and stand out in a crowd.
Less Is More When It Comes to Accessories
Stack your jewels — especially those rings! — for a look that's equal-parts edgy and glam.
Go With the Affordable Knockoff Rather Than Designer
Whether it's a bag you've been lusting after, a versatile leather jacket, or a classic pair of pumps, making an investment is oftentimes worth it. Especially with pieces from trusted and well-known designers, you're paying for better material and overall quality, and it'll probably last you for years to come.
Make Sure Your Bra Isn’t Showing
If your shirt's a little baggy or — gulp! — see-through, don't fret. Just add a lacey, strappy, or colorful bra and let it peek out from underneath your outfit, creating a sexy (yet covered up) ensemble.
Curvy/Petite/Tall/etc. Women Can’t Wear Certain Styles
Forget the rules — it's all about the fit. Look for over-the-knee boots/a jumpsuit/striped shirts that work for your body and flatter your figure, then find some outfit inspiration on the feeds of your favorite bloggers.
Never Wear Colored Tights
Give basic black a break and opt for another dark neutral like wine or navy.
Overalls Are Meant For Children
Just like a jumpsuit, this one-and-done item will help you get dressed in a flash, pairing well with basic t-shirts and sweaters. Looking for an option you know will look good? This pair from Madewell flatters every body type.
Throw Out Items 6 Months After Not Wearing Them
Even celebrity stylists agree: if it still looks good but isn't quite on trend anymore, hold onto it. You never know when it'll come back in style or if you'll find another way to rock it.