3 Outdated Rules You Can Break in an Outfit and a Room

3 Outdated Rules You Can Break in an Outfit and a Room

Taryn Williford
Dec 21, 2015

The fashion and design worlds are natural bedfellows. Woven through them both are the same rules of proportion and color that we know govern "good style" in everything we see. Of course, we also know that rules were made to be broken. Here are three bold looks that make it way worthwhile to be a rule breaker.

Myth 1: All-Black is Boring

Nothing will ever be "the new black." Just check out the chic and dramatic room above from Chanintr Living. Going bold with black is easy and elegant. and it's downright interesting to wear a shade of noir from head to toe, as well as from wall to wall. In an outfit or a room, build contrast with different shapes and textures.

(Image credit: Lonny)

Myth 2: Don't Mix Patterns

Wrong. You can do it. Just make sure your prints share a common palette, and build contrast by pairing patterns that aren't too similar in scale or design.

(Image credit: Sisalla)

Myth 3: You Can't Mix Black and Navy Blue

Once a faux pas, mixing these two neutrals is actually a really fresh look. Just make sure the blue isn't too dark to set it off from the black shade.

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