In everyday life we all have our fashion hang-ups. From a fear of mixing black and brown to working a super-short skirt with sky-high heels, the history of our anxieties is almost as interesting as the history of the clothes and accessories themselves. Dr. Anna Akbari is a professor of sociology at NYU with a specialization in art and design history. She also moonlights as a “thinking person’s stylist” for her own company, Closet Catharsis.
Sometimes mixing and matching can be tough — ESPECIALLY when it comes to long-standing taboos about which colors you can actually wear together. Is black and brown, OK? Can you ever throw navy into the mix? Much like the whole “no white after Labor Day” controversy of past, today anything goes and then some.
Want a quick cheat sheet on how to make it work — click through the slideshow above for a complete breakdown!