When it comes to fashion, to stand out you can’t follow the rules. That’s not to say you have to be totally outrageous and break every fashion commandment, but why not be daring and be brave enough to bend them a little? This month at Couturing HQ, we are celebrating bending the fashion rules and mixing our wardrobe up a little. Feeling inspired? Why not learn a lesson or two from some of our favourite street style stars and see how you can take a little more risk with your outfits?


Everyone’s favourite style icon, Olivia Palermo has mastered the art of mixing high street fashion with designer pieces. Although her bank balance and industry connections would allow her to wear couture every day if she wanted to, Palermo prefers to mix her Dior and Givenchy with a little bit of Topshop and Witchery, giving us all the chance to rock her look.


Christine Centenera is the cooler than cool Senior Fashion Editor of Australian Vogue. As a friend of Kanye West and the rumoured force behind Kim Kardashian’s dramatic style transformation, Centenera has street style photographers clamouring to get her picture every fashion week. What makes Centenera’s style so desirable? She just gets fashion. Rather than playing it safe, she mixes textures, volumes, hemlines and silhouettes in a way only she can.

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While most people match prints with solid, block colour items, Solange Knowles isn’t most people. Knowles is the queen of mixing prints. The more mismatched the better. While the average human would struggle to make the combination of colours and patterns work, it’s Knowles’ attitude and confidence that gives her the ability to not only nail this tricky trend, but also looks good while she’s doing it.

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When it comes to making an impact at Fashion Week, nobody does it better than Anna Dello Russo. As the Editor-at-large and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan, Dello Russo doesn’t just bend the fashion rules, she breaks them.

Dello Russo takes looks straight off the runway, not watering them down for a ready-to-wear ensemble, and not caring whether they look outrageous on the streets. While you might not be brave enough to take on Dello Russo’s dramatic approach to dressing, the lesson to be learnt here is to have fun with fashion, you don’t have to take it too seriously!


To celebrate HP’s Bend the Rules campaign, submit an image or video of yourself bending the fashion rules using the hashtag #BendTheRulesAustralia. The lucky winner will receive an HP Envy x2 13 valued at $1,399, plus there are weekly spot prizes to be won. For competition T’s & C’s click here. Click here for more information on HP’s Bend the Rules campaign. Head to the HP YouTube channel to check out all the entries.

To give you some outfit inspiration, check out our gallery of fashion rule breakers.

We love you to share with us and tell us how you bend the rules.

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About The Author

Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of Couturing.com, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.