Debunking 8 Common Style Myths

Debunking 8 Common Style Myths

Written by: Amanda Chung

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Published on: August 30, 2022

Fashion Editor: Sandra Slusarczyk

Photo courtesy of Anouk Yve

What are the so-called style rules that have stuck with you over the years? No white after Labor Day? Don’t you mix navy blue and black? It’s time to rethink them. Ahead, we break down eight outdated ideas that it’s time to let go.

myth 1:

Horizontal stripes make you wider; vertical makes you look taller.

Fun fact: This oft-repeated idea was disproved by one scientific research in 2011. So instead of avoiding the cute maritime motif, you better think about what kind of stripes to wear and how. Our fashion team’s advice? Narrow stripes — a quarter inch or thinner — are universally flattering. Style them with high-waisted skirts and shorts to highlight the waist.

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  3. G. Label Simone Layered Skirt, $475

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  4. G. Label jasper cuff shorts goop, $325

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myth 2:

You cannot mix gold and silver jewellery.

The days of single-tone jewelry stacks are over. Here to replace them: Spinelli Kilcollin’s one-and-done galaxy rings, a mix of hoops for many-piercing people, and, for the wrist, a yellow-gold bangle set against a glittering diamond bracelet.

Model posing

Photo courtesy of Spinelli Kilcollin


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  2. Spinelli Kilcollin earrings goop, $1,800

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  3. G. Etiket Dixon floating diamond bangle, $4,800

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  4. Laura Lombardi earrings goop, $128

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  5. Spinelli Kilcollin ring goop, $8,600

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  6. Mayor's bracelet goop, $5,900

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myth 3:

Wearing socks with sandals is one
fashion faux pas.

This pairing is almost as divisive as the pineapple-on-pizza debate (or, if you live in LA, the almond-versus-oat-milk debate). We happen to think that’s cute—especially if the sandals in question are quilted Chanel.

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Birkenstock Arizonagoop, $180;
FRANKIE SHOP SHIRTThe Frankie Shop, $185;
THE FRANKIE SHOP SHORTSThe Frankie Shop, $109

Model posing
Model posing


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  2. Row socks net-a-porter, $195

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myth 4:

You shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day.

Historians speculate that this notion originated in the early 1900s, when white was the uniform of choice for wealthy Americans who had the means to escape the city when it got too hot. When they returned in September, they would trade their bright linen suits for darker fall clothes—a practice that probably trickled down to the middle classes and eventually became mainstream.

Today, white is seasonless. In the cooler months, opt for warm tones like ivory, oat and cream instead of sharper, brighter whites – and then paint the look with black accessories.

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model poses
model poses


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  2. Matin tank goop, $448

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  3. The Frankie Shop
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  4. G. Label de la cruz pleated pants goop, $495

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  5. Agolde jeans goop, $178

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  6. Advene bag goop, $595

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  7. Celine belt Celine, $560

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  8. Eyede flats goop, $295

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myth 5:

Your shoes should match your handbag.

Easy? Yes. Imperative? None. While matching your accessories is a fail-safe way to look instantly more put together, mixing it up can produce just as chic results.

model poses

Photo courtesy of Szymon Brzóska


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myth 6:

High-rise > low-rise.

As any Gen Zer in your life will tell you, low-rise is back. For them, that means baggy jeans that hang coolly from the hips. For you, it’s all about the office-friendly pencil skirt: Pair it with an oversized shirt or knitted top, and anchor the look with a belt.

model poses

Photo courtesy of Miu Miu


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  2. Miu Miu Belt Miu Miu, $575

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myth 7:

Black and navy do not go together.

Certain color combinations, like black and navy (but also black and brown and black and pink), have a bad rap. The trick to making them work? Choose soft earth tones that complement rather than clash.

myth 8:

You are not allowed to wear shorts in the office.

This is no longer a hard and fast rule, especially if your workplace is more casual than the company’s. You’ll want to avoid anything too tight (menswear-inspired silhouettes are a good choice) or too short (look for a hem that hits mid-thigh—about fingertip length when your arms rest at your sides). Round off the look with some solid up top and black, medium business accessories.

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nili lotan shortsgoop, $450;
G. label Pink Plaid shirt-jacketgoop, $148.50

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