I never understood why this combination was considered off limits. We wear black with our jeans, don’t we? This fall, blue and black are the coolest colour duo. It’s a popular match for separates and patterned prints – the effect is surprisingly pleasing.
Old rule number two: Metallic items are for night wear only
A little goes a long way when you’re adding some shimmer to your outfit. One item is usually enough to make a statement. Now, a glittery tank beneath a cardigan or a sparkly brooch on a scarf is the perfect metallic hit for the office. Best of all, it will allow you to carry that same outfit over to your after-work date. Just remove the jacket for fresh look, or pin the brooch onto your belt loops for a stylish alternative.
Old rule number three: You can’t combine two different prints in one outfit
Mixing prints is no longer considered clown-like. In fact, it’s one of the most fashionable statements you can make this season. The trick is to stay within the same colour family. If you’re wearing a pink and brown striped shirt, try a graphic floral skirt in the same shades. Another trick is to mix up print sizes. If the blossoms on your skirt are bold, pair it with a daintily-flowered top. TIP: Two patterns are enough when it comes to mixing and matching.
Old rule number four: You have to match your bag to your shoes
With so many amazing accessories this fall (mock-croc leather bags in jewel tones, highly decorated heels, gold and silver clasps), how can we restrict ourselves to just one shade or style? To rebel against this age-old rule, experiment with the different items in your closet. Try pairing a brown handbag with red suede heels, for example, or pink shoes with a navy embroidered tote.
Old rule number five: Wearing more than two pieces of jewelry is over-the-top
Minimalism is over. Now is the time to wear more than one glittery ring with a pair of dangling earrings, multiple necklaces or a vintage brooch. Vintage styles have made a comeback – their opulence is perfect for the season. You can scour second-hand boutiques for that ideal retro find, or try stores such as Banana Republic, Le Château and Old Navy that now offer an extravagant selection.