Summer fashion rules can make it easier for you to figure out what to wear to all those afternoon weddings and picnics you are attending, but you know those rules aren't set in stone, right? Rules are made to be broken, or at least bent, and fashion rules are no different. While rules can help to provide you with some guidelines, sometimes they can just get a bit too restrictive. If you are thoughtful about how you break summer fashion rules, you can create looks that make you stand out from the crowd without making yourself uncomfortable.
You probably spent the entire winter wearing boots out of necessity. Once the sun decided to reappear and the days started to get warmer you were probably pretty eager to get into some strappy sandals and less restrictive footwear. Not that you've given your tootsies some fresh air, though, you do not need to bench your boots until autumn. You can pair cowgirl boots with a flirty sundress or riding boots with jeans, a tank top and a scarf.
Leather pants are probably off the table for the summer unless you enjoy swimming in your own sweat, but this doesn't mean you won't see another hide until October. This summer, designers have a ton of leather shorts and skirts on offer. These shorts are loose enough to allow your skin to breathe while still making you look really cool.
Fashion magazines love to encourage women to push the boundaries of what is acceptable to wear at the office during summer. You may have read articles or seen editorials advising you to wear suits with shorts or sundresses with jackets to work this season. Don't do it. Although you may not actually be reprimanded by your boss, bending your office dress code is childish and unprofessional. Save the fun clothes for your time off.