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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

August 8, 2012

Sarah Stright: Fashion "rules" that were made to be broken

NEW CASTLE — We've all heard the standard fashion rules that we should abide by. However, I want to break a few of those today. Rules are made to be broken, right?

So let's start with an easy one. "No white after Labor Day". This rule is just silly. Why should one date specify when we stop wearing a certain color? Not to mention, "winter white" is one of the easiest colors to wear (assuming of course that you aren't as messy as I tend to be, especially when wearing white). One of the biggest trends for fall this year is the monochromatic all white look. It's classic and clean and can look incredibly rich (without spending a ton of money). Look to the right for an example of an all white look. Let's talk about why this works. First, as I said, it's a very rich look. With a white suit and different variations of the color mixed in, the look is very pulled together. Second, the different textures, especially within the top and bag, give this look visual interest. Finally, with the streamlined look, it gives the appearance of being taller and leaner (as long as the pieces all fit appropriately).

Let's move on to the second rule that needs to be broken. And that is that black and brown should not be worn together. This color combination happens to be one of my favorites because of the grounded, easy feel that the colors give off. The black comes off as a bit more serious while the brown brings out more nature tones and combined they look very cool. Just think of how great leopard print looks! Again, look to the right for an example of a black and brown look. This casual look is one of my favorites. Mixing the two colors together throughout the outfit looks effortless. Adding in patterns in black and brown (such as in a leopard heel or patterned bag) is an easy way to work this combination if you're still a bit unsure.

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