Fashion don’ts that are actually dos

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Recent trends have rewritten some basic rules of fashion. Styles that were once known as fashion faux pas are now widely accepted in the fashion world.

Some students break these rules, while others may still be opposed to this form of rebellion.

So what exactly are the rules to be broken? Current stylists are wearing horizontal stripes, white after Labor Day and black with brown.

Samantha Jameson, a sophomore studying art history, is all for breaking these rules.

Marie Diamond wears a black and cream horizontal-striped dress from H&M with a brown corduroy coat. (Photo Andrea Hudson)

“Wearing black and brown together is fine,” Jameson said. “You just have to do it the right way. You just have to be intuitive. You have to know when it looks good and when it doesn’t.”

Even at stores these new styles are prominent. Many students shop at Forever 21 in the University Mall in Orem. Assistant store manager Lacey Ramirez explained how people are adapting to the newfound freedoms in fashion.

“Forever 21 is very much a young person’s store,” Ramirez said. “It says it in the name, so we see people come in all the time who are breaking all sorts of fashion rules, but that is just the style.”

Stores targeted toward this younger audience seem to keep up a fast pace. Young, trendy shoppers head for the dressing rooms with armfuls of clothes that used to be considered fashion don’ts.

Students across Utah valley are more willing to embrace new, adventurous styles. The more original, the better. But with originality still comes a limit.

Kiefer Hickman, a junior studying economics, has some style don’ts of his own.

“Definitely don’t mix stripes,” Hickman said. “You don’t want to mix horizontal stripes on one article of clothing with vertical on another because then it just looks weird.”

Fashion aside, certain combinations don’t make sense to any fashionista. For instance, Hickman said that tacky is never OK in fashion.

“I had a pair of jeans that I put my phone in my pocket everyday, and it began to wear through and it looks tacky,” Hickman said. “Try to avoid the cell phone patch.”

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