Socks and Sandals Are for Toddlers and The Elderly
It comes as no surprise that one of the first cabs of the rank is a shoe trend - we've all been captivated by the "ugly" shoe trend for seasons (we’re looking at you, controversial slides).
It all started when Kendall Jenner wore those pretty, sheer socks on the red carpet at Cannes in 2017. Since then, this so-wrong-it’s-right look has been sweeping catwalks (Gucci, MSGM, Erdem, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, and House of Holland all showcased statement-making socks with sandals for spring 2018) and soling the feet of street style stalwarts.
It’s a pretty easy trend to follow - take 1x pair of socks and combine with 1x pair of sandals. We recommend a sheer, ladylike sock, with a mule, open-toe clog, block heel, or suede sandal.
When It Comes to Jewellery, Less Is More
Dior, Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, and Giambattista Valli gave us a lesson in layering and mix ’n’ match jewellery on the Spring runways, taking the age-old adage of ‘less is more’ and throwing it out the window. Breaking the austere style rule, this is about layering fine pieces of jewellery together and mixing metals to amp up the individuality and personalisation.
Jewellery is one of the best ways to play with self-expression, so there are no hard-and-fast rules, it’s all about telling a story. An easy trend to follow, simply wear what you love, and if you want to give your pieces a bit more of a personal touch, try Swarovski’s Remix Charms (and at $39 you can pretty much adorn everything you own).
Sequins Can Only Be Worn at Night
The sequin has traditionally been reserved only to slink around the shadows when the moon is high, and the champagne is flowing. But what about the rest of the time? If SS19 collections have anything to say about it, sequins will be an everyday fare in no time.
Alexa Chung’s recent debut at London Fashion week saw a one-off paisley sequin dress strut the catwalk and Michael Halpern served us all our sequinned dreams with shimmering disco-esque 60s mini-dresses. Bucking the rule that sequins are a NYE disco fever dream, sequins can be elegant, chic and refined. Start simple with an embellished bomber jacket, or a sequinned tee.
Never Wear Clashing Prints
Whoever made this rule would be aghast at the riotous prints and patterns that are now being paired together. Stripes with spots, animal print with floral, checks with stripes, clashing check on check and mismatched floral on floral – the more playful the better.
The crusade of pattern-clashing street-style has led the way for us to liberate our wardrobe pairings and be more adventurous. For this maximalist look turn to designers like Gucci, Mary Katrantzou, Temperley London, Etro and Monse for inspiration. To start with, try sticking in the same colour family with this easy Zara combination.
Trainers Are for the Gym, Jerry Seinfeld and Dads from the 80s
Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin are just a few of the celebrities that have championed this trend as it has made its way back to fashion consciousness from the depths of the 80s and 90s.
The humble sneaker which, two decades ago, would have only been seen on the soles of uncool dads and thus considered the worst kind of fashion faux-pas, is now the cool-girl buy thanks to a few innovative designers (Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Yeezy, Vetements and Louis Vuitton to name a few).
Plus, you can pair them with pretty much everything – jeans, cropped pants, summer dresses, skirts and shorts. Try going for a high-low option and pairing a white sneak with a floral dress.
Blue and Green Should Never be Seen (…neither should pink and red, black and navy or black and brown)
Designers have been sending ‘banned’ colour combinations down the catwalks for years. Navy and black is a now considered chic and refined, pink and red sits in the same category as clashing prints; riotous and fabulous. Blue and green sit harmoniously alongside each other and black and brown is the perfect autumnal pairing.
If you’ve been secretly uttering the words “Can I really wear I these together?” when you slip on one of these colour combos, stop and embrace the chaos.
Always Match Your Shoes and Your Bag
Snooze! Matching your shoes to your bag is an old-school rule that should definitely be broken. Send apologies to your grandma and then go to town on finding the shoes and bag of your dreams – coordination be damned.
Mixing patterns, textures, and colours is the fastest way to make your outfit more interesting and your accessories are no exception. Try muted tones paired with a black or navy ensemble as your first colour clash with this Mark Cross bag and Jacquemus sandal.