There are a few issues in fashion over which some people will fight to the death. When you think about it, it’s sort of inevitable: many Fashionistas/os’ whole M.O. is based in expressing themselves through their wardrobe choices, so it’s obvious we won’t all see eye to eye on people’s fashion tastes (except for Kate Middleton’s. That woman can do no wrong). Our style diversity isn’t a bad thing — after all, variety is the spice of life — but established rules can certainly cause some tense moments, even between the closest of friends.
Controversial subjects of our day and age include, but are definitely not limited to, the social acceptability of overalls and jumpsuits, whether leggings can be worn as pants (the answer is a resounding no), the great Mom Jean debate and the stylishness of UGGs (or the lack thereof). However, we have all surely heard of a few older fashion faux pas that continue to be highly prevalent despite their antiquity. These polemical topics should be reserved for second date material or at least never discussed in public, due to their incendiary nature. A few of them are as follows, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
One, never wear white after Labor Day. Two, always match your shoes, bag and belt. Three, don’t wear black with brown.
This confident Fashionista blows two of those three outdated adages out of the water with one breezy, ingenious outfit.
Don’t believe me? Let’s explore her expertise. To start with, her effortless, neutral-hued ensemble is the perfect canvas for playing around with accessories and simultaneously subverting a few fashion rules. Check out her gorgeous, oversized quilted leather tote, which matches her sunglasses, skinny belt and washed black jeans perfectly. Now, she could have just stopped there and slipped on some black boots, but what would be the fun in that?
No, our muse opted for the daring option: lacing up her rich brown combat boots with bronze buckles instead. Yet it’s easy to see this chocolaty shade actually complements the black accessories. The boots’ rugged charm also adds a cheeky yet tough vibe to the outfit, while also accompanying her olive cardigan nicely.
Furthermore, her bronze arrow necklace is on point (pun intended), matching the buckles of her belt, bag and boots, and therefore tying together the trifecta of accessories despite their mismatched colors.
Thus, this Fashionista easily overthrew the old fashion regime in just a few careful moves. Check. Mate.
To nab this Fashionista’s look, grab a charcoal tank top and tuck it into some black high-waisted skinny jeans, such as this pair from Topshop or these from American Apparel. Fasten your black belt and arrow necklace, shrug on your olive cardigan and grab your quilted black leather tote. Then lace up your buckled brown combat boots and take a deep breath.
If anyone confronts you about your sartorial decisions, you’re ready for war.
Spotted: Saint Laurent’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection paired cardigans and grunge with tough combat boots.