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Fashion myths busted

Alexander McQueen once said, “It’s a new era in fashion — there are no rules.” We couldn’t agree more. The style scape is experiencing a wave of change and ‘everything goes’ is the mantra to swear by.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 22, 2013 15:46 IST
Praachi Raniwala

Alexander McQueen once said, “It’s a new era in fashion — there are no rules.” We couldn’t agree more. The style scape is experiencing a wave of change and ‘everything goes’ is the mantra to swear by. Now is decidedly a good time to let go of all the fashion myths we have clung on to over the years. Because if your wardrobe is dictated by rules, you are bound to miss out on all the sartorial fun. Here are some rules you may have played by in the past, which are easy to skip.

MYTH: Sequins are not meant for the day
FACT: Worn in moderation, a sprinkle of sequins can uplift any look, no matter what time of the day it is.
“Go for neutral-toned sequins in shades of gold, silver and tan. The trick is to avoid fully sequined ensembles in the day,” says designer Rajat Tangri.
Sequinned ballerinas and bags can work wonders as well.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/tamara-black-gown.jpgMYTH: Skinny fits are for skinny girls

FACT: On the contrary, this is a fit that is flattering on all body types.

"Skinny pants are extremely versatile. The trick is to find the perfect fit," says Qureshi.

Those on the heavier side should team them with a loose shirt or tunic.

MYTH: Gold and silver can’t be mixed
FACT: Veteran designer Manish Arora is quick to dismiss this theory and states that they can now be mixed to create a new colour story.
Clutches and jewellery that mix these two hues are versatile and glamorous.
Don’t be afraid to mix them in your clothing as well, especially Indian wear.

MYTH: Flats can’t be worn with evening wear
FACT: As much as we’d like to channel our inner Carrie Bradshaw at all times, running around in heels 24x7 can take its toll. Luckily, teaming flats with evening or formal wear is no longer a no-no.
“Choose an embellished pair with sheen and sparkle so that it adds glamour to your outfit,” says Tangri.
Studded, strappy sandals or sequinned smoking slippers are fail-proof go-tos.

MYTH: Short women can’t wear long dresses or skirts
FACT: The likes of Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor and Eva Longoria, who have worked that maxi skirt or floor-sweeping gown on several occasions, have safely put this myth to rest.
Designer-stylist Pernia Qureshi advises, “Petite women should wear long dresses in a single colour to create the illusion of a taller frame.”
Topped off with heels, it makes for a winning look.

MYTH: Black for the night and white for the day
FACT: Arora says, “Roles have changed and so have colour rules. Day and night have no specific colour codes anymore.”
Red carpet sightings of white gowns on Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, among others, have dispelled this belief.
Weave black accents into your daytime look, but avoid head-to-toe black.