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Cami silver leather robe with Russian scarf, Philip Lim 3.1 tote and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)

Our Moms taught us the fashion rules, they were taught by their moms. Some of these rules made sense in the Old Times for practical reasons, others were the trends of those times. This post encourages you to evaluate the rules and break them when they are old fashioned trends or due to practical reasons of the past.

  1. Old fashion rules to dump
  2. Fashion laws not to break
  3. 57th Top of the World Style linkup-party

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Old fashion rules to dump

Who over 40 hasn’t heard her mother say

  • You can’t wear red and pink together.
  • Don’t mix gold and silver jewelry.
  • Match your shoes with your bag.
  • Don’t wear a summer dress with boots.
  • Don’t wear white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
  • Blue and green cannot be worn in the same outfit.
  • Never wear brown with black or black with black or black with navy.
  • Shiny clothes are only for the evening.

pink and red work outfit for a great entrance

style blogger over 50 in show stopping winter to spring transition work outfit

red and pink spring outfit
Outfit details: Red GNW cashmere sweater, brooch worn instead of a belt, silk snake print neckerchief, Gloria Vanderbilt pumps, barrette, and Banana Republic tweet skirt (all own)


Sounds familiar, right? It seems like 35 or more years later, doing the don’ts of yesterday became the dos of today. Is this because the young oppose to the rules of the old that makes the forbidden to be exciting, being the new It?

Today’s outfit breaks two of my Mother’s rules.

It pairs red and pink and I am wearing a shiny robe as outerwear. Oh, of course, wearing robes anywhere outside the house was a No-No too. But she never said that. Thus, make it three broken rules.

Curious why Americans wear/wore white in summer?

Fashion laws not to break

However, while some old-fashioned fashion rules make for an interesting look with fashion-forward vibe, breaking other fashion rules does not. I call the latter rules fashion’s nature laws. Nature laws like the first law and second law of thermodynamics or the conservation of energy and mass.

influencer in a robe as spring outerwear
Cami silver leather robe, Pavlova Russian scarf, Philip Lim 3.1 tote and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own)


I would not go so far to say that one could not create an awesome look by breaking the following fashion rules. However, it is very difficult to create an awesome outfit that would make you to land on the list of the 10 Best Dressed Women. On the other hand, there would be very low risk to fail to make the 10 Worst Dressed Women list.

  • Never wear wide pants with wide tops.
  • Never wear tight with tight.
  • Never wear a micro-mini, short-shorts, or a mini with high heels at any age.

Who wants to make that last list ever? Which fashion rules are you about to break? Let me know, I am curious. Link up old posts that show how you break the fashion rules in addition to your OOTD.

When you want to read more about (broken) fashion rules you may like white after Labor Day and Leather on Leather.

57th Top of the World Style linkup-party

Welcome to the 57th Top of the World Style fashion linkup party. We had a blast last week. All your lovely outfits were so exciting and inspiring. It was a great, big party! <3

Last week the Readers’ Fav OOTD was Dawn Lucy as who you clicked her post the most. She is the blogger at Fashion Should be Fun.

Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav Dawn Lucy
Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav Dawn Lucy. Photo from her post


As in the past, it was really hard to pick the Top of the World OOTD My Fav. You are all so stylish. And there is something favorite to every single outfit! May be I should just feature the three outfits that were clicked the most? What do you think? Anyhow, I picked Crissy’s outfit. This dress is awesome and so unexpected with the booties. I wonder how she can resist to twirl the skirt. Crissy is the blogger at Some Velvet Morning.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav
Top of the World OOTD My Fav Crissy. Photo from her post


Congrats ladies! Now let’s get the party going. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their fashion and style posts.

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