By Sarah Traylor
Fashion seems to have so many rules that it can be tough to keep up. It’s time to deconstruct some of the top fashion myths and set your inner fashionista free!
Myth #1 – You can’t wear gold and silver jewelry together.
For those of you who have stressed over this age-old myth, you can relax. Accessories are meant to be fun. Even top designers mix metals in their collections, so don’t take it too seriously.
Tip: Mix your metals intentionally by wearing more than one piece of each metal. I like to stack gold and silver bracelets, and pair them with gold earrings.
Myth #2 – Never wear white after Labor Day, or before Easter.
This may be the most famous and prevalent of all fashion myths. There are several theories about the origins of this one, but whatever the origins they’re old news. There is no need to eliminate white from your wardrobe just because it’s cold outside.
Tip: Choose a “winter white” coat and be a knockout year round.
Myth #3 – Sequins are for evenings out only.
While wearing a sequined dress during the daytime hours will never be acceptable, sequins can add a shot of personality to your wardrobe when done right.
Tip: Add a shimmery sequined blouse underneath a blazer and pair it with a skirt.
Myth #4 – Tall woman shouldn’t wear heels.
We need only look to famous actresses Nicole Kidman or Katie Holmes to bust this myth. Just because you are vertically gifted doesn’t mean you can’t don a pair of fabulous heels. I don’t know the origin of this myth, but let’s debunk it. Heels elongate your legs, make your frame look slimmer, make your feet look smaller, and give your calves a workout. Need I say more?
Tip: Never wear a pair of heels you can’t walk normally in. We’ve all seen that “woman” walking awkwardly in heels.
Myth #5 – Short woman shouldn’t wear long dresses.
This rule is based on the premise that showing more of your legs visually elongates your body, but that doesn’t mean that those on the shorter side need to forgo a fabulous maxi dress.
Tip: When picking a long maxi dress, avoid large prints. Instead, go for a color that lengthens visually. Pull your hair up to elongate your neck and add a wedge heel for height.