In today's ever-changing world of fashion, it's important not to take any fashion rules too seriously.
Each year, designers emerge with new collections that challenge what we've been told we should and shouldn't do. So instead of following those old adages, challenge yourself to break a few fashion rules this year and evolve your own personal style. As designer Alexander McQueen put it, "It's a new era in fashion -- there are no rules."
Light and white
High-end fashion labels have been breaking this rule for years and in a tropical climate, it's imperative you embrace the white-in-winter trend. With such bright surroundings, we can wear bright apparel all year long.
So this year, keep your white jeans and shoes in your closet well after Labor Day for a fresh look in the cooler months in the Florida Keys. This rule also goes for pastels; there is no reason to reserve light pinks, blues and yellows for spring and summer only.
Keep the sneaks
Brightly colored fashion sneakers are being paired with dressier pieces for a modern twist on a daytime look. Look for fashion sneakers that aren't meant for running or intense training but still offer support such as Keds or Toms.
Playful prints such as polka dots or stripes add an element of surprise and offer a comfortable alternative to flip-flops for a chic yet comfortable look.
Coco Chanel once said that before leaving the house, you should remove one accessory. And yet, the infamous fashion icon Iris Apfel has done the opposite.
Iris is known for piling on her jewelry and has become a fashion muse in her 90s for her eccentric and identifiable style. So next time you're getting all dolled up, try piling on the bling.
Go ahead, mix
Contrasting patterns can look fabulous together. Try pairing florals and stripes or polka dots and plaid. The trick is to keep the base color the same for a pulled-together look.
In addition, don't shy away from bright colors paired together like red and pink. A red skirt paired with a pastel pink top can look very modern and eye-catching.
Time: Who cares?
Bold lipstick and clutches were once reserved for evening only. Lipstick colors such as orange, pink, red and plum can act as an accessory and look great for day.
If you wear a bold lip for day, keep your makeup minimal for a polished look. Clutches are also a great way to liven up your daytime look. Swap out your go-to bag for a clutch to change a normal day look into something much more fashionable.
At the end of the day, wear what makes you feel good. If you feel good, you'll look good.
At DK's Style Hut in Marathon, you'll find an eclectic mix of fashion-forward clothing and accessories to help you break all the rules. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., DK's is a little store jammed with great basics including affordable jeans and tanks, and trendy fashion-forward apparel including comfy palazzo pants in colorful patterns and hues.
My favorite find from this hip and stylish boutique is its Kitty Ammos Sandals from Skiathos, Greece, made exclusively for DK's. Stop by the boutique at 8347 Overseas Highway (U.S. 1 and 84th Street) in Marathon to view their impressive range of goods from all over the world.
Leah Maki is a fashion-obsessed style blogger. More of her fashion advice can be found on her blog, LeahsFabulousFinds.com.