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For as long as we can remember, we have been told not to wear white after Labor Day. Not many people know the origin behind the fashion rule, but they have always followed the guidelines. In recent years, however, people have decided to ignore the long tradition. The rule has lost its legitimacy. That’s why we’re saying it’s okay to ditch this fashion rule, along with four additional rules you can also ignore.

Wearing white after Labor Day

The Labor Day fashion rule started because of its practicality. Labor Day occurs in September and the holiday generally marks the major seasonal shift from summer to autumn. Once it becomes autumn, people begin wearing clothing with more layers, often wearing dark-colored sweaters. We wear white during the summer because it’s the coolest color to wear during the hottest season of the year. Your clothes feel light, but once it’s cold outdoors, you ditch the light clothes for warm blankets and coats.

Labor Day was first established as a federal holiday in 1894, marking its placement as the official “end-of-the-summer” holiday. Upper-class families were known to create their own fashion rules, particularly regarding proper etiquette and fashion to help separate newcomers (or lower-class individuals) who “didn’t belong” in their own social class. The Labor Day rule fit into this upper-class policy.

But people in 2019 have decided we no longer have to follow the rule. People are not as strict on social classes. If you want to wear white after Labor Day, go ahead. It’s your body; wear what you want to wear.

Other rules on color

There are several fashion rules concerning color. This includes rules on pairing a navy color with black, reds with pink, etc. Modern fashion experts say these fashion rules were in effect too long ago into the past to be taken seriously in 2019. Of course, fashion has changed over the course of time. There is now endless availability of different designs, colors, and cuts to give you more options than our ancestors had. You can experiment with your outfits.

Your accessories must match

We have also been told that all of your accessories must also match. Your shoes, belt, purse, and additional style pieces must match in order to pull off your look. This isn’t true. You don’t have to search for a brown belt to match your brown shoes, but also finding the perfect purse to coordinate. If you were to buy matching accessories for your clothes, this could become costly.

Instead, keep it simple. Choose neutral accessories to mix and match with your clothes. The basic colors are black, brown, and tan. These colors will work well with all of your clothes, but you’ll also be fashionable, no matter what.

Don’t clash your metals

An old fashion rule was to never clash your metal accessories, whether it’s your earrings, bracelets, rings, or necklaces. You can’t wear a silver bracelet and a gold ring. They have to be the same. However, modern fashion designers actually recommend mixing metals, as long as you play with your proportions. Wear a dainty silver necklace with chunky gold bangles. The two metals will complement each other, rather than competing against each other. Experiment with your metals to determine the ones that work best together.

Mixing your patterns

For as long as we can remember, we have also been told never to mix our patterns. Stripes clash with polka dots. While this might be true in some cases, mixed patterns sometimes work well together. In this day and age, you succeed if you’re able to successfully mix your patterns.

To pull off this look, design experts recommend making sure your prints share a single color and then pair the patterns of different scales. Again, experiment with the patterns to determine which varying styles work best together. It’s up to you. Remember: If you like your clothes, that’s all that matters.