Five Style Stereotypes and How To Break Them

Myth #1: Wearing black and white polka dots means you'll look like a '50s pin-up girl.

To switch things up, try juxtaposing the retro pattern with slick modern pieces like a ankle strap D'Orsay pump and resin necklace. Color is really important, too: splashes of tangerine and ocean can skew even the sweetest black and white look in a sportier direction.

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Right now is a liberating time to get dressed. White denim is worn year round, women throw stripes and florals together like it's no big deal and silk pajamas are considered acceptable public attire. So with all this sartorial freedom flying around, why are we all still scared to pair polka dots with something besides red lips and a fit-and-flare skirt? And who says that leopard print can't be subtle and sophisticated?! Those are just a few of the "rules" I'm ready to break in the name of exciting new outfits. If you are, too, click through the slideshow above for the five most common style stereotypes out there and exactly how to beat them.