I’ve never been a big fan of rules, especially when it comes to how I look.
One of my personal style rules is that most rules should be thrown out the window.
Granted, some of us need some general guidelines to follow to help us get dressed in the morning, but I’m talking about those old-wives-tale-esque rules.
More specifically, matching rules.
As a child, I remember finding it difficult to conceptualize why I was not allowed to wear certain colors together.
It made no sense to me then, and still doesn’t to this day.
Lucky for me, the fashion world has taken a favorable turn in my direction.
The rules of “no white after Labor Day” and “never wear black with blue” are now just boring memories of fashion’s past
I can remember being in high school and wearing a green sweater with brown corduroys.
A friend pointed out that I looked like a tree.
Looking back, I say what’s so wrong with that?
I made a pretty cute tree if I do say so myself.
Color blocking made its big debut a few seasons ago combining bold solids in ways we never imagined acceptable. My anti-matching rampage goes way beyond this. Mixing not only colors, but also patterns and materials is highly encouraged. A perfectly mismatched outfit tells a story like no cookie-cutter, walking mannequin ever will. It gives you the opportunity to show everyone exactly who you really are and that you’re not afraid to show it. And I think that is what makes fashion a beautiful thing.
After reviewing the DSquared2 Spring 2012 collection, my attitude was reaffirmed. Canadian duo, Dean and Dan Caten, created a collection of mismatched masterpieces, which, in my opinion, match perfectly.
Thai-American designer, Thakoon, took a more artistic approach to the aesthetic. His Spring 2012 collection gave the okay to combining prints that were once thought to clash.
Although some of these looks may seem a bit outlandish for the everyday woman, the value in them is the lesson learned.
Say ‘sayonara’ to style rulebooks of the past.
The rule now is that rules are meant to be broken.
Written by Scott Lambert for OhWowYouWoreThat