When you were growing up, your mother, grandmother, or even your friends may have given you advice about certain things you should NEVER wear – like stripes and plaids, white after Labor Day, or white stockings and black heels. But is it still a RULE? Or is it just a RUMOR?
Your skin tone, your body shape or weight, and your own personal image standards determine many things in fashion. What a model would wear on the runway may not necessarily be what a high school teacher, or lawyer would wear. More often than not when we rely on the media to rule our wardrobe, we run the risk of becoming a Fashion Victim.
I found 10 rules the fashion experts say our closets should live by – which ones do you think should still apply and which are just rumors?
- Never wear horizontal stripes or large prints
- Never mix patterns or prints.
- Full figured women should never wear animal prints.
- Never wear white shoes or linen after Labor Day.
- Never wear stockings darker than your shoes.
- Your shoes should match your purse and your belt.
- Heels with straps and open toed shoes should only be worn in the summer.
- Don’t wear a mini skirt if you’re over 30.
- Never wear a white bra with a black shirt.
- Never wear white stockings with black heels.
I still hate white shoes – period! I think they should only exist for faithful church goers and the ushers who greet you at the door. But a good pair of white distressed denim with a big beige wooly sweater screams fashion in my mind.
8 Style Tips We Learned From Zendaya Coleman
1. Dress up your stripes.
We never thought you could wear stripes on the red carpet until Zendaya. She stunned in a Nicci Hou crop top and full skirt look that was both dressy and daring.
2. Crop tops can be classy.
Abbreviated blouses don't have to be sexy. Zendaya makes the look sophisticated with a Peter Pilotto kimono sleeve blouse and flared skirt at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards.
3. Wear grown-up florals.
Never thought you could wear florals for night? Nail the look with darker colors and a sexy silhouette like Zendaya.
4. Give just a hint of sexy.
Being sexy doesn't mean shedding clothes. With sheer fabric and a thigh-high slit, Zendaya makes an Emanuel Ungaro long-sleeved blouse and floor-length skirt look as hot as a minidress.
5. Commit to your look.
Instead of throwing on one menswear piece, Zendaya commits to masculine-inspired fashion from head-to-toe in Vivienne Westwood at ELLE’s 5th Annual Women In Music Concert Celebration.
6. Nail effortless chic.
Trade in your body con dresses and fitted jeans for a loose jacket, tank top and jogging pants that look effortlessly stylish.
7. Go for the unexpected.
Even a white t-shirt and denim shorts can be fabulous when you pair it with unexpected accessories like Zendaya's Chanel sock pumps.
8. Keep an all white outfit from looking boring.
Zendaya adds interest to her head-to-toe white look with a one-shoulder neckline, silver pumps and super long strands.