Beauty & Fashion
with author Jackie Morgan MacDougall
fashion: breaking the rules
For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the official beginning of the back-to-school season. For others, it's time to put away the white pants and shoes until Memorial Day rolls around next year. While that fashion rule made a bit of sense growing up in New England, in southern California, September can see 100 degree temps—why would anyone follow such an arbitrary clothing edict?
MYTH: Never wear white after Labor Day
TRUTH: White (or any variation of it) can be worn year-round, whether it’s used solely as an accent piece (like jewelry or a handbag) or as the anchor of your outfit (like a winter white cashmere dress), says Galtime's fashion expert. Just remember to choose appropriate fabrics. Look for cotton during warm weather months, and wear wool and cashmere when it gets chilly. During the winter, offset the shade with darker colors, such as black or navy, and glam things up with some bold jewelry.
MYTH: You can never pair black and navy blue
TRUTH: Galtime says, "Black and navy blue don't traditionally work well together because they are so similar in color. The key is to wear shades that differ enough so the pairing looks intentional...and people don't think that you got dressed in the dark! Black and navy blue can also look stunning through the use of a print/pattern."
While seeing open-toed shoes with panty hose can send me over the edge, I'm constantly breaking the match-your-shoes-and-purse rule and still wonder about mixing brown and black.
Which fashion rules do you think should be followed and which do you insist on breaking?