Do you agree with these fashion rules?

To mix patterns or not to mix patterns, that is the question.


There are some rules of thumb that should be followed to the letter because, at the end of the day, it's just good advice. Leave your house five minutes earlier than you need to. Look both ways before crossing the street. Pack an extra pair of socks when traveling. These are things that most people can agree are solid day-to-day practices.

When it comes to fashion rules, however, it seems there is some argument over which ones to follow and which can be ignored. For example, the phrase "don't wear white after Labor Day" has been thrown around for generations, but it actually got it's start as a smart way to beat the heat.


In the early 1900s, families who could afford to do so would travel for months at a time during the summer. To help beat the heat, their wardrobes were primarily light pastels and white. By the first Monday in September, the summer whites were put away until the following Memorial Day, and thus began the fashion rule. 

With one hundred years between us and the fashion of the past, surely the times have changed enough to bend the rules? It seems that not everyone agrees! We've come up with a list of common fashion do's and don'ts.

Now, it's up to you. Do you agree with these popular fashion rules? 

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  1. Let's start with some recent events: is it OK to wear white between Labor Day and Memorial Day?
  2. Can you mix the colors black and brown in an outfit?
  3. How about black and navy?
  4. Should your belt match your shoes?
  5. In that case, should your shoes match your purse or handbag?
  6. Horizontal stripes are unflattering. Ye or nay?
  7. Denim on denim. Is it a good look?
  8. Let's discuss jewelry. Can silver and gold be mixed in one outfit?
  9. OK, how about this; can a button-down shirt be worn untucked?
  10. Are peep-toe shoes and pantyhose a match made in heaven?
  11. Suits should either be black or a sensible navy. Thoughts?
  12. Imagine plaid, paisley and polka-dots, all in one outfit. Is mixing patterns permitted?

Do you agree with these fashion rules?

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Snickers 22 months ago
75% similar. Never said I knew anything about fashion.
sandman 49 months ago
Fortunately the army made sure my clothes matched 🧑🏽‍✈️
ETristanBooth 52 months ago
58%. It's not clear to me what #10 is actually asking.
CarrieMcCourt 56 months ago
83% similar
I wear what I wear and I don't care. Don't like it? ---- don't look.
MaryHelen 56 months ago
sometimes it's not a "rule" jus a persdonal preference-- i do not like misxing silver and gold--unless it right on the necklace or bracelet itself, whihc i do have
MaryHelen 56 months ago
FYI- toeless pantyhose! always with any peep toes shoes- can't be seen DUH!!
UTZAAKE 56 months ago
66% similar. That was fun.
2. Seal brown is so dark that it appears as black under most light levels.
3. This is very tricky. That color on the right IS navy blue which almost looks like traditional royal blue (not to be confused with the lighter shade that's now called "royal blue"). Yankees and midnight blue are two shades that generally look black.
6. There's a reason why lots of soccer teams have vertical stripes instead of hoops.
11. The only suit I own was purchased during the yuppy era in the 1980s, is an almost-black charcoal gray and makes me look like a stiff. Next suits i'm going to buy will be two-toned.
Amalthea 56 months ago
The thing is, the shade of blue they show - which is NOT navy - is lovely with black. ACTUAL navy with black? No way. Too close and it makes one of them look off.
daDoctah 56 months ago
I figured out that "two plains and a fancy" wasn't necessarily a rule, but you had to be careful about the *scale* of the patterns you combined. If the stripes on your tie were spaced about as far apart as the checks on the coat, that was a problem, but wide stripes with a small houndstooth was fine, as was a pinstripe or seersucker jacket over a large-print Hawaiian shirt.

And then Regis Philbin showed us how to wear a dark tie over a dark shirt with a dark suit coat, so you didn't always have to have at least one pattern either.
jholton30062 56 months ago
50% similar. I must be an iconoclast...
ELEANOR 56 months ago
Tucking in a shirt vs. untucked -- If you're going casual like that guy in the denim shirt, yes untucked looks ok. But if you're wearing a dress shirt, then TUCK IT IN. And throw on a tie. Nothing looks worse on a game show to have a tieless contestant next to the host in a suit and tie.
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