I hope it’s not getting too much of me, with a third post this week. Today, I am here to have a little chat with you girls about the Most Common Fashion Mistakes that we all are guilty of making in the past and laughed at (only in our hearts, lol). But as is rightly said, we learn from mistakes. I have listed for you the fashion faux pas we definitely need to avoid! ‘Faux Pas’ was a word I learned from my Business Communication Professor at my MBA Institute. And it was then I came to know the meaning of this French word. A social blunder is not just a mistake, its not only unsightly to people’s eyes, but also gives a bad fame as lasts in everyone’s memory as a breach of etiquette. Fashion is an art and is subjective, but there’s a little science element added to it: Some Strict No-No’s!
So here is the comprehensive list of things that you must not follow at all 😛 After all being different is not so fashionable in the world’s eyes!
- Going Overboard with Accessories
Too much of jewelry or too many accessories won’t do you good! Imagine a bride wearing all the jewelry she bought at her wedding! Excess of everything is bad, and too much accessories make you look and feel heavy. Also, it takes the focus away from the outfit and more importantly from YOU 🙂 The key is to define how much is too much?( Remember Bappi Lahari? Or just google for reference). Less is better for reasons both functional and decorative. Its also important to think according to your body type and height. For instance, if you are petite and wearing huge jewelry, you are definitely going to look like a child playing dress-up game. Either wear a neckpiece, or a scarf or a headgear.
- Wearing a size Smaller than yours
We all simply love to fit in an XS size, but we must not try hard to fit by just somehow getting into it. Working out and dieting should rather be the way to go. Showing your bulges or beer belly can never be fashionable.Take it as a rule! Wear your own size, be it your briefs, dresses, denims or shoes. A smaller size might look like you’ve borrowed or stolen. Buying smaller clothes for weight loss motivation is an interesting idea, but wear them only once you’ve shed it! Wearing wrong size is undoubtedly uncomfortable as well as sassy. A bigger size in anticipation of weight gain or older over sized dresses doesn’t look fashionable either.
- Mixing Wrong Prints
Mixing prints with neutral colors has been easy, but matching two or three prints in an outfit can be tough. Too much of animal print has been on top of the list when we talk about Common fashion faux pas. I remember being over obsessed with leopard printieety and wearing too much myself (before I was a fashion blogger…thankfully I landed up here!). I own every variety of clothing and accessory in this print (scarf, tunic, maxi, top, shirt, pants, footwear, sarong, clutch etc.) Best way to mix prints is to use the same print in smaller or larger scale, or the same print in different fabric or colors. Let one print dominate. Simpler prints like plaids, graphics and stripes are easier to mix.
- Don’t block colors, Color Blocking is a thing!
Choose right shades from the color palette for an outfit. Wear the color that makes you feel happy. Using tones from the same color family gives a harmony to the outfit. If you often worry before matching colors, refer the Color Wheel. It helps to mix colors of different tones. Mismatching colors on clothing, footwear or even make-up is a clash. Like red and green never go together, nor does pink and mauve . While the basic colors are the foundation of your closet, do keep some bright as well as earthy tones to keep a balance.
- Socks and Pumps
Socks and pumps are a no-no, and most of us wouldn’t have done this mistake. Socks go best with shoes, boots or sneakers. But I rarely like flaunting my socks. Still, if you wish to wear socks with your sandals due to the chill in the air try to pair it right. Prefer the closed footwear. A few designers have been trying this on the ramp. And avoid wearing white socks.
- Chipped Nails
Chipped nails and nail paints is not only a faux pas but also unhealthy and unsightly. If you had no time, and thought that no one is going to notice your nails, you’re absolutely wrong. Well manicured nails look smart and with the sudden influx of nail spas around, nail arts, and permanent gel paints have made it more important as well as easier to maintain beautiful nails. Probably being without a nail paint is better than a chipped one! Put a quick top coat of a similar color tone while in the car to avoid this shame. And in the long term moisturize and take care of your nails as much as other body parts.
- Not-so-clean shoes
Dirty can never be fashionable! Shoes is the last thing we usually put on when we dress-up and go, so might wear them as we left them the last time. Unpolished shoes only look tacky! And please admit it. The best idea is to clean and keep your footwear back in the box, or prior prepare your shoes along with the outfit whenever going out.
- Being a Brand’s poster girl
Wearing everything from top to toe from the same brand might reflect some discount setting at the store, and you might be flooded for help from friends whenever they go shopping. And ultimately your favorite brand also becomes your friend’s. So mix brands in an outfit, like all other elements, unless and until you are going to be featured on the poster and they are going to pay you hugely!
- Kiddish Footwear
I remember purchasing a fish shaped red slippers from a flea market a while back. I never wore it, and have preserved it for my daughter. But lately I realized it to be a waste to her when she is big enough to fit into it. Kiddish looks cute only on kids. Lots of butterflies or Barbie prints are meant for toddlers. Even teen-age girls start drifting away from them themselves. So I find it to be a big blunder if we do it at this age!
- Leggings and Pants are different
One must possess a pair of legging, tights, pants and denim each, and they must be worn at right occasions. Your legs might look unshapely if you chose an inappropriate bottom. Again leggings and pants must fit right for a decent outfit. Leggings go with tunics or kurtas, but look imperfect with shirts or dresses.
This was all that tops my lists of Fashion mistakes. Whats yours? What all out of those from the above seem trendy to you? How you chose color combinations while getting ready for a day out? Do you like mixing prints or prefer keeping it simple with neutral shades? Do leave your comments below. We will love to have your feedback.
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Enjoy your weekend! 🙂