Like language, fashion is always evolving. Rules that we followed decades ago are not written in stone. In the early 2000s, for example, wearing an entire outfit made entirely of denim was perfectly acceptable (ask Britney and Justin) in 2020, not so much. In the early 1900s women were expected to wear breath-stealing corsets with all of their dresses. We’d lose our minds if that was expected of us today.
That does not mean there aren’t mistakes you should avoid making. As fashion evolves so do the rules for that particular time period. When you are putting your outfits together for the week, you’ll want to put some thought into it like you would when you’re picking out a massage chair on a site like earthlite.com, buying furniture, or designing your house. These garments are going to be used often and you want to love them.
Check out the mistakes we advise against making if you want to look like an expert every time you leave your house:
1. Wearing clothing that’s too distressed
Outfits with rips and torn are in style, and they are very cute. However, there is such a thing as too distressed. One of the ways to avoid looking sloppy is to make sure that your rips are strategically placed instead of all over the pants.
2. Not tailoring your clothes
Have you always thought altering clothes is something for formal occasions? You are wrong. Having your clothes tailored is a great way to make sure they fit you perfectly. As women, we are always looking for unicorns in the racks that look as though they were made for our bodies. Hiring a tailor is a simple way to achieve that look.
Celebrity stylist Alison Brooks says even making a minor alteration to an H&M piece “will make the dress or skirt look as if it is a couture piece.”
3. Not accessorizing
Adding accessories to your outfits is the easiest way to spice them up. The right necklace, bracelets, belt or other accent pieces can make an outfit go from boring to brilliant. The best part is that the accessories don’t have to set you back a lot of money. You could find a $5 statement piece that jazzes up your outfit just as much as an expensive bag would. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
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4. Those colors don’t work together
We’ve all made the mistake of getting a little too crazy with colors and walk around like a Crayola disaster. An easy way to make sure that doesn’t happen again is to wear different shades of the same colors.
5. Gaps between your buttons
A common problem when wearing button-down shirts is little spaces appearing between the buttons, especially if you have large breasts. Put double-sided tape between the buttons to prevent this from occurring.
6. Wearing an entire retro outfit
Vintage clothing is adorable and fashionable if you wear it right. The last thing you want to do is look like you are dressing as Cher for Halloween in the middle of April. To prevent that, make sure you mix vintage and modern pieces together.
7. Tall woman afraid to wear heels
This is pretty simple. If you are short, wear those heels. If you are tall, wear those heels. Embrace your body, height included.
8. Plus-size women should only wear baggy clothes
Larger women sometimes believe that they should wear loose clothes all the time. It’s not true. Oftentimes, baggy clothes actually make you appear heavier than you are. Don’t be afraid to wear fitted outfits and this is one of those times that a tailor can really come in handy.
9. Always matching your shoes and purse
I’d always believed that a purse and shoes should match. I recently told my grandma this and she responded, “What year is it? That’s not true anymore.” Turns out, she was right. Sure, you can match the two, but it’s not required. Don’t be afraid to mix it up.
10. Men’s clothes are only for men
In the ‘90s, Brenda on 90210 was always stealing her brother’s dress shirts to complete her looks. You can still do that today, don’t let gender norms dictate your clothing choices.
Don’t be afraid to start a new trend. At the end of the day, your style is yours. If you feel comfortable and confident, the world will see that. Be creative and love yourself, everyone else will fall in line.