There are so many fashion mistakes that women make on a daily basis that we don’t realize it ends up affecting on our psychology and the way we view our bodies. We are obsessed with looking perfect but fail to realize that our fashion beliefs can be self-destructive and doing a disservice to our overall appearance. Whether you are looking at color schemes we avoid or sizes we pay close attention to, we forget that at the end of the day, our choices affect how we feel about ourselves and how we judge others. Just because we think that wearing white after Labour Day is a sin doesn’t make it so. On the contrary, winter whites are rather amazing and should most definitely be donned. Just make sure you avoid messy areas and keep to cleaner spaces. Driving about as we normally do, whites shouldn’t have a problem staying crisp and clear.
So when it comes to fashion mistakes we seem to all make, how many of this list can you say you are guilty of?
1. You pay attention to the size more than how the clothing fits on you: I have pants that are size 5 in a more expensive women’s store but can’t seem to find anything under size 8 or 10 in other stores that would fit me. You may be a large in Forever 21 but a size 2 in Stella McCartney. The cheaper the brand, the larger in size you feel you have to go, while the truth is you can never tell which size you actually are by numbers. Go instead with what seems to fit you right without being overly tight or overly loose.
2. You actually believe taller women should stay away from heels: That’s rather discriminatory, to say the least. Height is a good thing and tall girls shouldn’t be made to feel inferior or unfeminine. Instead, they should be allowed to celebrate their body instead. If they want to rock killer heels, they should not only be allowed, but encouraged to do so. It doesn’t matter that they will be towering over the rest. What matters is that they will shine with a confident radiance they may not have if forced to wear flats instead.
3. You don’t shop for you but for the social media appeal: It seems everybody is keen on sharing their fashion sense on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter these days, probably in exactly that order. So instead of buying cheaper, more comfortable pieces that really define you, you are opting to spend your hard-earned cash on luxury brand-name pieces that you will not be enjoying as much without the attention garnered by posting on social media.
4. You never consider wearing menswear: Honestly, menswear is not simply for men and we know it. You may not be wearing men’s suits from a fancy store, but when it comes to fun pieces, including sweaters, utility jackets, shirts and maybe even shoes, women can rock the men’s look perfectly. They may not be trendy overall, but they certainly can be comfier, slouchier and a piece you would love more than the for-women counterparts.
5. You stay as far away from horizontal stripes as possible: This is a bad habit of ours, especially since the sailor look is so amazing unto itself. You may not be able to pull off a horizontal striped body-hugging shift dress, but you can definitely rock a full skirt, a striped overcoat or even a comfortable classic cotton shirt with the horizontal look. It doesn’t necessarily have to make you look big either.
6. You steer clear of mixed prints: The truth is that the latest fashion trends all include mixed prints and it doesn’t look too busy if tastefully assembled. Instead, using this look can make you look fresh, fashionable and perfectly street-stylish. Florals and stripes are great but if you are having trouble with this, just consider leopard prints and camos like neutrals. You can mix any print with these!
7. You have a problem with wearing red to a wedding: Why on earth this would be a problem for you, we just don’t get. Black we may understand due to the fact that it’s the color you wear to a funeral. Red, however, is fun, happy, full of excitement and adventure. It’s ridiculous to think otherwise. It’s not too sexy for the wedding either. Some cultures actually have reds as part of the wedding dress. Skin-tight mini dresses with plunging necklines might want to be avoided, but reds do make great formalwear as well and can look both classic and elegant. Think Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh. Go for the chiffon, the silk and the organza instead of the shiny satins, while embellishments should be kept to a minimum. This ensures great taste without over-the-top style.
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8. You forget to give the retro a modern spin: We get it that the ‘70s fashion trends are back but would it kill to upgrade your wardrobe to look like you are wearing retro instead of stuck in the decade? Not only does this make you look like you’re wearing a costume, but it ages you by at least 10 years; this is not something any woman wants. Add modern staples to the vintage looks and you are set to go!
9. Sequins are believed to only be great for a night out: Check out the latest fashion trends and you will realize that beaded shirts and sequin pants are nothing to be ashamed of and can certainly be worn during the day as long as they are not screaming too loud. Tops with sequin detailing go amazingly well with boyfriend jeans for example.
10. You never get anything tailored: Chances are that your body certainly doesn’t mirror the model’s on which the design was tried and to whose type the piece was tailored to. You should really go to a seamstress and have the pieces you wear sized to your body type, taking out areas that are too tight and taking in regions, which fall too loose. You don’t want coats with too-long sleeves or oversized dresses that just look baggy. You can look fine in what you wear, but you should aim to look impeccable in your attire, particularly those meant for business.
11. Showing too much skin is believed to be sexy: Here’s a reality check; there’s a fine line between looking sexy and trashy and chances are that too much skin will have you looking like the latter. Teenie-tiny skirts, skin-tight dresses and really low necklines only serve to make the men around you happy for all the skin they are able to see. If you love your body and want to show it off, instead opt for tight jeans and a silky top that accentuate your curves, a mini dress with high neckline and/or longer sleeves with ankle boots or strappy sandals, or amazing heels with a skin-tight pencil skirt and silk blouse. There’s so much you can do that makes you look sexy, really shows off the natural lines of your body and really brings out your character.
12. You think sweatpants should only be worn at home: The latest trends tend to focus on a sportier look and a pair of well-fitted sweatpants can look really cool with something like peep-toe booties and a comfortable tight sweater on top. A structured blazer can also add to the appeal of the look. Voila! No need to be afraid of sweatpants in public again.
13. Instead of buying a good piece, you always buy a replacement: This is a strain on your wallet in the long term and you never end up buying anything other than that simple striped cotton shirt you get for less than $10. Then again, if you will dish out $10 a month for that shirt, you have already spent $120 during the year and could have saved a great deal by opting for the $40 version instead. The pieces you have should be given a once over and either altered to look great again, given away or sold in an online marketplace. Go out to hunt perfect clothing items instead of replacements for ones you have worn out or stained already.
14. You think you should keep to less accessories: There’s a rather idiotic rule out there that one should always remove one accessory before leaving the house. Now, if you are a simple person, who doesn’t like to add too much in terms of jewelry, that’s fine. But if your style is stacked bling, go for it! Some of the best designers, stylists and fashion bloggers out there have been rocking a whole myriad of accessories of late, looking as fab and glamorous as ever!
15. You would never do denim on denim: What are you thinking? It’s known as the Canadian tuxedo and easiest way to rock the denim look, really. Pair pieces that have different levels of the washed out look together so you don’t look like you got lost among the cattle. A personal favourite is dark denim jeans with white blouse and light denim jacket. It looks chic, stylish and rather sexy when paired with brown high-heeled ankle boots.
16. You don’t mix black and navy: Now, the less experienced in the fashion world certainly have no idea why you would have this rule and those who are super fashion-savvy have been defying it of late. Why on earth you won’t mix the two is beyond me as it adds an air of mystery to the look, while keeping to the darker hues. You should try it out and the mistake would be in never mixing the two, even if it’s only black tights with a navy blue dress.
17. Sneakers are believed to be only for the gym: Newsflash my dear. Check out the latest trends and street style looks and you will be surprised at the looks the street fashionistas have been rocking these seasons. You really should get out more and change around those sneakers if you think they cannot look amazing with your dresses, pants and jean looks. Yes, we definitely endorse sneakers with certain dresses as well, considering it adds a casual appeal to an otherwise party look. Slip-on sneakers, wedge sneakers and everything in between look absolutely amazing with leather pants, sleek skirts, maxi dresses and dressier outfits.
18. You don’t consider ever cutting your hair short: We get it; you love your mane of long gorgeous hair. It’s healthy, it’s sleek and it’s certainly your man’s favourite. However, you cannot honestly believe that you look more attractive with longer hair. Some faces actually work better with shorter styles, the same way some foreheads look better with bangs. Sexy chops, however, can look just amazing if not more! Shorter hair can make short girls look taller and curvier women look slimmer. That may be one huge incentive for cutting down on those long locks.
19. Clutches are believed to be night time accessories: We’re not quite sure what brought about this notion, but we certainly don’t believe a clutch should only be used during the wee hours of the night when you are out at the bar, clubbing or simply some place where carrying around a larger bag would be inefficient and downright unfashionable. However, a clutch can also be used during the day. We encourage you to do so with gusto actually. Fashion week brought about many influential persons to the streets with strap free oversized clutches that were gorgeous beyond belief and downright fashionable. Plus, they will carry your essentials. Shiny gold pieces or beaded versions are great! Plus, they all look fab with faded boyfriend jeans and heels.
20. You have a certain aversion to high waist pants: This is a terrible thought unto itself as high waists can actually look super flattering on one’s body. On the contrary, those super-low waists of the early 2000s were probably the abomination to begin with! Anyone with a bit of booty was looking at exposing their cracks to the world. High-rise slim fitting jeans that hit your ankles look amazing and are honestly the most flattering, giving you legs that you may not have thought you had. Add heels to the ensemble and boy you look gorgeous! It makes you look taller, thinner, and with longer body proportions overall, really accentuating your assets.
Photos courtesy of Amlul, The Blonde Salad
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