7 Fashion Myths Debunked from instyle.com
MYTH: No Minis on Women over 35 TRUTH: All it takes is a peek at Gwyneth Paltrow's legs in her Preen dress to dispel this fallacy. If you've got the gams, go for it! Just stick to understated silhouettes and “simple hair and makeup.”
MYTH: Save the Sequins for After Dark TRUTH: The shimmery fabric is eye-catching for day when layered with plain basics. Rachel Bilson dressed down a sparkling mini with an oxford shirt, both from designer Jenni Kayne. I think sequins are my favorite fabric because they are glamorous, but I think they also work for day" The designer recommends keeping "the silhouettes simple and easy.
MYTH: Showing Skin Isn't Sophisticated TRUTH: On the right dress, a well-placed peekaboo is a sly surprise. Plenty of confidence. A dress shouldn't own you. It shouldn't overpower you. You should own it
MYTH: Long Dresses Aren't for Short Women TRUTH: Petites need not fear the maxidress trend—Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson and Kristen Bell have all mastered the summery style. Just choose a dress in a light fabric, like Bell's sheer silk gown from Jenni Kayne, to avoid adding bulk, and wear with comfortable, height-adding wedges.
MYTH: Avoid Clashing Colors TRUTH: An unexpected color combination can make a major statement.
MYTH: Don't Wear Light Shoes with Dark Stockings TRUTH: Black tights get extra chic when worn with a pair of eye-popping pumps. Sarah Jessica Parker gave her minidress a downtown spin with opaque tights and pale pink heels. Keep the "Sex and the City" star's immaculate shoes in mind when picking your kicks—all eyes will be drawn downward so be wary of scuffs.
MYTH: Leather Dresses Are Only for Biker Chicks TRUTH: You don't have to be a Whitesnake fan to rock a leather frock. Just choose a knee-length dress or skirt and add a tailored jacket or shirt for an urbane twist.