Fashion Faux Pas- DEBUNKED!

We’ve heard it before, fashion faux pas.  They are the unspoken rules of fashion.  How to wear things, what you can’t do, what you shouldn’t do, etc.   Now don’t get me wrong, I still hate leggings and am waiting for the moment everyone stops wearing them…but I’m not talking about personal preferences.  What I’m talking about are the fashion wide rules that we’re all supposed to abide by.  Many are outdated, and some are just plain unreasonable.  I’m going to do the unthinkable; I’m going to let you in on fashion rules to IGNORE.  That’s right, folks! As far as I’m concerned, these rules are done for, so live your life!

Mixing Patterns


Surely, this can be done horribly wrong, so we have to be careful.  But who doesn’t love a great stripe and easy polka-dot?  I’d venture to say, no one!  While mixing patterns was once a huge faux pas, now it’s a way to have fun with your wardrobe.  You certainly don’t want to overdo it, but keeping it simple, and similar can really add great diversity!

Mixing Patterns – DEBUNKED


Mixing Metals

For as long as I can remember mixing metals has been a no, no.  It’s been considered tacky, and messy, and down-right wrong.  Well, try telling that to my two tone watch that I can’t live without!  Mixing metals, again as long as it’s not overdone, can really add some dimension to your look.  A stack of silver bracelets will really pop once you had a couple of gold, rose gold, or gunmetal.  The key is to be intentional about your mixing, and adding in a two-tone piece can really help bring things together.

Mixing Metals – DEBUNKED

Shoes/Bags/Belts must match


What???  I can’t even tell you the last time my shoes and bag matched!  This goes back to mixing patterns.  Sometimes, your whole look is about your shoes because they’re so much fun!  I can’t possibly be expected to match my accessories with my shoes.  It just seems so…boring!  Accessories and footwear can be what make the outfit so exciting, I can’t be bothered with trying to match it all up, I’m too busy being fabulous.

Matching Accessories – DEBUNKED


N0 White After Labor Day


You mean to tell me I FINALLY found a pair of white pants that don’t make me look/feel like a mess, and I can only be limited to wearing them during summer months? WHY??? This rule came about way back when.  The idea is that Memorial Day and Labor Day marked the official beginning and end of Summer, thus leaving behind lighter more casual clothing, and bringing out more formal city wear.  I get that 80 years ago, it wasn’t seasonally appropriate, or perhaps too casual for the elite, but I live in California and we suffer from a little thing called sunshine.  It’s hot ALL THE TIME here.  I can’t be expected to only wear white during the summer months, it’s just unreasonable.  Furthermore, there is this beautiful color we like to call “Winter White”.  Yep, that’s a thing.  I have a full length coat that’s Winter White, so I think this rule is pretty much out the window!

No White After Labor Day – DEBUNKED

What faux pas’ are you concerned with? Let’s hear it!

Candace Hanna