3 Fashion Rules to Break This Fall

Good Housekeeping
FashionSeptember 7, 2012

Recently, I've had several people ask me, "Are these pants too bright?" and "Can I wear my white jeans after Labor Day?" These questions are based on customs that've been around forever but are quickly becoming outdated. Here are 3 rules you can now break without worrying about the fashion police.

1. You can't wear denim with denim. As a child of the 80's I couldn't be more excited that denim jackets and shirts are back in style. With the variety of cheerful colored jeans that are now available it's easy to mix and match denim, topping, for example, a pair of tangerine orange jeans with a cobalt blue jacket. If you want to be really daring, double up on the blue denim but be sure to wear two different color washes so you don't wind up looking like you're wearing a very uncool denim suit. If you're in the market for a new pair of jeans check out the best jeans for tummy control.

Related: How to Wear Nude Hues

2. Put away your whites after Labor Day. I love white all year round-- it just looks fresh. But to give it a seasonal look, pull a pair of brown boots over your white jeans and add a sweater for a soccer game or a tailored blazer for a PTA meeting. Whether you're buying jean shorts or a wool jacket, think of white as a great neutral color. One thing your grandmother taught you that you don't want to forget is to keep your whites from getting dingy. To help you out, check out our 3 secrets to keeping your whites white.

Related: Shopping and Dressing Slimmer

3. Bright colors make you look cheap and flashy. One of the things my friends and colleagues tell me is that they shy away from bright colors because they make them feel "loud" or "cheesy". My answer: Don't avoid crimson, magenta, chartreuse, or sunflower but do up your comfort level by pairing them with a neutral. A hot pink skirt will look less flashy with an ivory blouse than with an orange one. If you just can't bring yourself to wear electric blue, start off with an indigo that's darker but not quite navy and once you get used to it, increase the color level.

Before you go shopping for these new fun trends, be sure to read my blog on how to shop for new fabric blends

-By Jamie Ueda

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