Every season fashion trends come and go, with designers pushing their latest collections and style boundaries. If you are like me and live by fashion rules, don’t ask me to wear black and brown because I just won’t do it, pushing those style boundaries requires a little guidance. So here are my fashion rules to be broken this winter season; tried and test by me…
Winter can be gloomy enough without your wardrobe being a miserable sea of black and grey too. Warm winter days means warm colours.
Winter Brights; Willing the Warm Weather Closer
Now is the time to combine those big bold colours together in whatever form you like, with bright knits, beanies, blazers or for those who love the black and grey winter combo, a bold lip, as tone-on-tone colour is a big now trend.
White in winter often receives a bad rap; I think its predominantly due to the US saying ‘No white after Labor Day’ but as a Southern Hemisphere fashion lover this rule is begging to be broken. My white jeans are a safe winter favourite, while recently helping a girlfriend out at a market stall I saved her white jeans off the sale rack, ‘don’t sell these you will regret it’ and since that day I think I have seen her in them about five times.
Contrasting white against the traditional dark winter hues or alongside a pastel knit is the perfect way to lighten up your winter wardrobe. My only exception here is white shoes… this is a no-no so please save for the warmer months.
Clawing its way off the worst trends list, Double Denim is still quite a tricky trend and can turn ugly very quickly. When choosing your outfit, apply two of the most universal style rules; 1. Don’t go baggy on the top and bottom, pick one feature to highlight and 2. Don’t do matchy-matchy, choose contrasting tones the key to this trend is dark denim at the bottom and a chambray shirt in a lighter shade at the top to complete the look.
Add minimal accessories alongside a statement bag and you are ready to go.
This is definitely a trend to try with celebrities everywhere getting comfy in their latest kicks. I blame, Foster the People, with their chart topping single Pumped up Kicks, having sold over 5 million copies in the United States as of January 2013. Although your gym shoes need to remain in the gym, the must-have wedged sneaker is an acceptable street style exception.
Sneaker Love; Nike
Patterns and stripes
Who made up the rule that you can’t clash patterns with stripes? Clearly, this was meant to be broken.
Favourite Look; Florals and Stripes
Floral prints and stripes (horizontal only) would have to be one of my favourite combinations this season, as I have been inspired many times with the latest runway trend of contrasting prints, proving that your outfits don’t need to match all the time.
Once upon a time it was severely frowned upon to mix silver and gold jewellery together, but this season anything goes. Layered wrist wear is the easiest and safest way to work this trend; combine your watch, some metal and maybe a splash of colour. Why not throw in some rose gold while you’re at it?
Fashion Rules to Break: Clashing Metals
So be daring and break a rule or two!