Just some thoughts on Regan's post below:
No white after labor day -- I grew up with this rule. The closet was cleared of white after labor day. Although, I often break this rule and know that it is silly, I still never put on a white skirt in the winter without the thought that I am doing something horribly wrong flashing through my mind. Then again, that makes it more fun!
I also grew up with the rule that you don't mix gold and silver jewelry. That one didn't stick either. I am a total jewelry whore and want to wear as much of it as possible and all different metals. Hell, I will even throw in some copper with the gold and silver!
I don't wear much or any black in the summer. That has nothing to do with fashion rules, rather that I live in NM and it is hot here and black makes it more hot.
Thank God I am no longer expected to be tanned! As a child I was always tanned because I was outside pretty much every moment of daylight. However, as an adult that would require me actually laying out in the hot sun. I have never understood what people like about that. It is boring and causes skin cancer.
To be honest, I never knew your bag and shoes were suppose to match. Mine rarely do and if they do it isn't on purpose.
Lastly, I am not a big fan of patent leather, but I once worked with a lady that sounds very similar to the snotty bitch that told the writer of that article that patent leather in summer was a no-no. I was about 24 years old and I worked at a high end retail store. The assistant manager there who was probably near 60 would always give fashion tips in a rather snotty way. She would say things like: You could make that dress look less cheap if you replaced the buttons with expensive ones. Which was her way of saying that she didn't like my cheap clothing that did not contain designer labels. Since getting older and having more money to spend on clothes I have looked closely at the buttons on designer clothes and they are pretty much exactly the same as on cheap clothes. That same woman would also judge every single person that walked into the store by what they were wearing. If they were wearing something that looked "cheap" she would totally ignore them except for watching to make sure they didn't steal anything. If they were all dressed up in designer clothing and bags she would fall over herself gushing at them and offering assistance of any kind. That woman still disgusts me and it raises my blood pressure to even think of her, so enough.