pants: gap (shop), velvet blazer: anthropologie (altered), tie front blouse: jcpenney, wedges: forever young shoes, belt: Philip’s

photos courtesy of molly hunter photography

One of those things that I’m always reminding myself in fashion is that there are no rules. In previous generations there seemed to be all sorts of weird rules that somebody made up — red heads can’t wear red, don’t wear white after labor day, your shoes should always match your belt and purse, horizontal stripes make you look heavier, black and blue can’t go together, etc. 
Well, in this generation, all the rules are being broken. Anything goes. Mothers and grandmothers might be having heart palpitations while their children walk around wearing anything they please, but that’s what fashion today is all about. Breaking the rules, exploring new territory, and pushing the boundaries. 
This outfit is breaking all sorts of “rules,” and I think that’s why I love it so much. I’ve got to be a teeny tiny rebel sometimes.


  1. TheTinyHeart says:

    I love polka dot anything so I adore this blouse! And your teal pants are so pretty. I'm so glad that anything goes in fashion because those rules always seemed so silly πŸ™‚

    The Tiny Heart

  2. Kelly says:

    Love the post! You're so right – there are no rules and it's great πŸ™‚ You look awesome, love that top!

  3. It always looks so cute when people do it but I can't bring myself to do black with brown.
    I think I was just born in the wrong generation.

  4. It doesn't even look like you are breaking rules. It just works! πŸ™‚

  5. Here here m'dear! I love that we can break all the "rules" now with little recourse. You look great and I love your bag!

  6. JMc says:

    I still fight myself about the "rules" so I love seeing a "rebel" outfit. It just reinforces how great breaking the rules can be!

  7. Your Rebellious outfit is adorable! good work!

  8. YES8 let's break these rules πŸ™‚ I just LOVE love love those jeans. What a great colour! they're blue, but not that too bright kind of blue. awesome! xo Nikki

  9. Loren says:

    LOVE these jeans the color is really fantastic. My aunts would be upset you are breaking the rule of 'wearing more than one shade of blue at a time'. But I think rules are made to be broken.

  10. Katie says:

    Yep, say goodbye to all the rules. Anything goes nowadays!

  11. Love this outfit! The pants are awesome and you just look so comfy in your own skin. Beautiful!

  12. Annie says:

    I am loving your outfit – especially the color of your pants! And whatever rules you're breaking – they totally work πŸ™‚

    The Other Side of Gray

  13. Great outfit! Some rules are made to be broken.

  14. brittany. says:

    I love that outfit! Your teal pants are gorgeous!


  15. emandtrev says:

    Love this outfit. I too am a pretty big fan of mixing browns, blacks, grays, etc. these days. Yay for variety!

  16. I love this outfit, Merrick! That top is awesome–how long ago did you get it?

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