Don't believe the hype: there are rules it's OK to break, especially in fashion, where notions of what's chic and what's not are constantly changing. A few years ago, it was almost unthinkable to show up to Fashion Week wearing but a humble pair of sneakers. These days, kicks are taking center stage and the fashion world has completely embraced athletic shoes. And yes, in case you were wondering, it is OK to wear white after Labor Day, too.
It's the same for many styles and silhouettes we used to call fashion don'ts. Socks with sandals are all the rage and people are mixing metallics freely. But nailing these so-called faux pas does call for the right execution. Take cues from these next style stars who make fashion don'ts work.
Matching eye makeup to outfit color
Matching your outfit and your eye makeup can sometimes make a good outfit skew costumey. Other times, it can help elevate the look. Lupita Nyong'o played up her turquoise Gucci gown with colorful eye makeup. Nyong'o's blue eyeshadow isn't overpowering her face or competing with her dress. Make sure you keep the color on your eyes subtle, or if you prefer a more intense hue, add a thin swipe.
Mixing navy blue and black
Navy blue and black are both neutrals, so the rule about them not going together is an old wives' myth. You can wear the colors together, but add depth by playing with textures, like Olivia Palermo did with this slick leather top and satiny shorts.
Wearing socks with sandals
Sarah Jessica Parker made socks with sandals look not so schlubby by choosing a stylish heel silhouette and adding jazzy socks. Her comfy separates and boyfriend jeans exude a cool casual vibe and the cuffs highlight the socks as a quirky addition.
Wearing a statement necklace AND earrings
Your mom must have told you: wear either a statement necklace or earrings alone–never together. What she didn't tell you is, you can make both work if you follow Kelis' lead, even if your personal style isn't as daring as hers. Both her pieces are made out of the same material and look as if they come in a set. If you can't find a pair, look for pieces that complement each other or match well. If you prefer to keep the area around your face less crowded, go for a longer pendant necklace.
Mixing silver and gold
As Solange Knowles is clearly proving, it is possible to wear gold and silver together and look fabulous. Just make sure you have a neutral color somewhere in the outfit to balance out the look.
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Wearing black in the summer
Avoiding black in the summer is simply a matter of comfort: dark colors absorb light, and therefore, heat–not what you want on a 90 degree day. But you can actually still wear black this summer as long as you stick to pieces in breathable fabrics designed to keep you cool. Rihanna wore this black maxi dress in the dead of a humid New York City summer. But the cut-out silhouette kept her cool in spite of the dark hue.