Fashion is a fickle business. Trends that we thought (hoped!) would never come back somehow manage to haunt us again and again: bell-bottoms, shoulder pads, those less-than-flattering high-waisted jeans.
Of course, there are also plenty of fashion rules that people feel the need to follow—even though they shouldn't.
"There are so many older rules that haven’t applied for ages in fashion circles, such as the idea that shoes must match your bag and no white after Labor Day," says Los Angeles-based fashion stylist Bethany Winters, who has dressed the likes of Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart and Heather Graham. “The shift is more toward the individual, and what works for you.”
We asked Winters to debunk seven of the most antiquated fashion "rules"—the kind that have the potential to put a serious dent in your wardrobe budget.
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