Fashion Rules You Should Be Breaking

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Abiding by fashion rules can equate to an incredibly dull sartorial existence. Whether you feel obligated to store away your whites after Labor Day or believe you should only wear a gown with heels, following the rules is just plain boring. Thankfully it only takes a little moxie to veer from convention, so here are a few ideas that should empower you to break some long-adhered-to fashion rules and look impossibly stylish while doing so.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

Sequins For Day

Sparkly pieces are appropriate for daytime as long as you temper them with casual, menswear items. We love the juxtaposition of a leather military shirt with a feminine sequin skirt.

Black Sequin Pencil Skirt

$79

Dorothy Perkins

Leather Military Shirt

$199

Zara

Whites After Labor Day

Go ahead and continue wearing your whites after Labor Day. An off-white ensemble of nubby knits and wool trousers makes an effortlessly chic statement.

Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater

$995

Marc Jacobs

Vintage Wide Leg Trouser

$297

Guy Laroche

Gown With Sneakers

A fabulous evening gown shouldn't collect dust in your closet due to a lack of black-tie invitations. Mix things up by pairing one with sneakers (seriously) for a cool-girl sportswear spin.

Gabriela Lace Maxi Dress

$570

Maje

Bart Sneakers

$475

Isabel Marant Etoile

Mix Your Metals

Forget what your mother told you: Mixing metals is absolutely ok and instantly ups your jewelry game. We're partial to layering delicate gold and silver pendants.

Hamsa Necklace

$60

Tai

Layered Monolith Necklace

$158

Kristen Elspeth

Black And Navy

Despite being close on the color spectrum, black and navy look surprisingly classic and incredibly stylish when paired together. Just make sure the navy item is blue enough to create a contrast.

Habit Wool And Mohair Pants

$560

Acne

Serena Rib Sweater

$329

IRO