Short jeans, pocketless pockets, embarrassing bikini lines and dull outfits are some of the many fashion errors made every day. Are you making them?Read on and discover some common fashion errors and how to avoid them.
1- When short is too short
Worn the right way, short jeans can look fabulous. What if your jeans are too short? Short jeans can leave too much skin between footwear and the hem of the jeans.You’ll know what I mean. Put on your jeans, look in the mirror, and you’ll see that too much of your ankle is on display.
What’s the solution?
Wear ankle-high boots to reduce the gap between footwear and jeans. This helps to create a contrast between leather and denim.Try high socks or black tights and pair them with black shoes. If you’re feeling a little zany and want to go all out, pull on some socks and shoes in loud or contrasting colours. Hello, world!Also, keep in mind the weather. Open shoes can look fabulous if it’s not too cold. Think twice about wearing shoes that close completely around the ankles as this can cause a stark contrast with the hem of the jeans — it’s a little too harsh.
What about this option?
Show some skin from toe to ankle and blend the look all the way to the bottom of the jeans. Done some pumps, ballerinas or gladiator sandals.Go for the last option and remember that what you do on earth echoes in eternity!
2- Oh dear…what a mess!
Another common fashion error is to wear an outfit that looks messy.
How does this happen?
Usually, when an outfit has too much. Too much of everything. A lot is going on, and every item is getting in everything else’s way.A quick way to remedy this situation is to remove one or two items. Before stepping out, review yourself carefully and decide which items can go.
Another solution to this problem is to neutralize one piece of your outfit. It’s tempting to opt for a statement texture, print and statement jewellery, but that’s far too busy.So, ditch the statement texture. For example, instead of wearing faux fur, wear a faux leather jacket. Alternatively, you could swap the print for something neutral.
“One level, one statement.”
This handy little phrase is worth remembering. It means that each level of the body should have only one statement. So, there should never be more than two statements in an outfit, and these statements should not be touching. How does this work?Well, if you want to make a statement with your hat, make another statement with your belt, because it’s on another level.If you love, love, love your hat, don’t pair it with a statement necklace – those two items are essentially touching.As an example of how to balance statements, pair a lovely necklace with your shoes, as those two items are on different levels.
3- Deep, deep pockets
Some people have deep pockets. Some jeans have even deeper pockets – or so it seems. Alas, they’re not deep pockets, after all, they’re actually fake pockets. What?! So that’s why my receipts and coins and other items keep falling onto the floor.I don’t have a hole in my pocket, dear Liza; I just thought the pockets in my jeans were pockets, not simply attached for decoration.Solution; try before you buy. If you want pockets in your jeans, make sure you thoroughly test the jeans beforehand or read the fine print if you’re shopping online. If you make a mistake and buy the pocketless jeans, you might need deep pockets to buy another pair…with actual pocket.
4- Bashful bikini blushes
Ooooh nooo!! The pattern of the beautiful new bikini you wore to the beach is etched all over your skin, in the form of a deep tan or red-hot sunburn.Immediate solution – cover it up with clothing. Protect your vanity and your skin. Next time, wear more sunblock or run for the shade.
5- Dull and Duller
Even the word ‘dull’ sounds ‘dull,’ so you know this is a major fashion faux pas. The outfit looks drab, boring, sullen and unlively. It didn’t look that way in your mind when you were creating the outfit. How did it all go so wrong?!
To solve the problem of a dull outfit, the key is to ‘intensify.’Add prints, colours, statement textures and accessories. Dive into your closet, your draws and your creative spirit, and locate some pieces which will bring life to your flatlining outfit.You could add a colourful jacket, or reach for the trusty scarf. The scarf is a valuable fashion item that can change any outfit in an instant and is easy to throw on or off as the need arises.
6- The price ain’t right
Surely that’s a mistake, you say to yourself. That price, for that item? No. As crazy as it seems though, many fashion pieces that look ghastly, torn, stained, ripped or not even finished, sell for ridiculous amounts of money.Someone must like them, and someone is willing to pay for them. The solution, if you think the price is crazy, don’t you be crazy. Please don’t buy it.
7- Roll your sleeves up
Roll those sleeves up and get to work.Actually, don’t literally roll them up, because short sleeves are another fashion error.Is this getting confusing?Ok, let’s start again. Be careful wearing short sleeves.It’s a hard look to pull off, and many people simply get it wrong. One, short sleeves are terribly impractical and illogical for cold weather.Let’s face it; no one ever took goosebumps down a catwalk. Short sleeves are a big error when carried on a jacket.To solve this problem, and to be able to get away with wearing a jacket with short sleeves, try these tips. Wear long gloves under the jacket – very classy. Or, throw on a long-sleeved top underneath the jacket.You could style a top in the same colour as the jacket. If you want to shine, go for a top that is a different colour from the jacket.Further tips for beating the cold in a short-sleeved jacket include layering with an invisible jacket underneath or a cozy cardigan.
8- The ill-fitting fitting room
It just won’t go. It won’t go over my head, and I can’t get it on. We’ve all had this problem in the fitting room, haven’t we? It makes you feel a bit ridiculous and reminds you of a toddler trying to dress themselves.You’re not alone, and there is a solution. Take a friend. When an item of clothing won’t go on, and you feel like you have to be a contortionist to twist yourself into it, ask a friend to come and help you get it on.Don’t worry, that’s what they’re there for, and it should make a hilarious story next time you go for coffee. Plus, don’t be surprised if you get asked to return the favour one day!
9- Time Wounds All Heels
…and heels wound all feet, and legs, and toes. Yet still, we wear them. On the one hand, they torture us; on the other hand, they accentuate our ankle and calves, they look professional, and offer some of us a few extra inches of height – but my gosh, they can hurt!A major fashion faux pas concerning heels is wearing them without practice. Tottering unbalanced in high heels robs a woman of her dignity. Wearing heels that are too high is another lamentable error. Practise before stepping out in public.Solution? You could just not wear them, but sometimes this isn’t possible. So, wear gel pads or bandages to protect certain parts of your feet. Carry slippers or alternative footwear, which you can change at your earliest convenience.You could always take them off and walk bare feet, but this can be dangerous and is akin to a walk of shame. Not a good look!Time does wound all heels, as beautiful items are not designed to be durable. Before you know it, you need a new pair.
Last but not least
Fashion mistakes find us all. You can’t go through life without making a few little errors, and it shouldn’t get you down.Yeah, it’s frustrating, slightly embarrassing or confusing, but at the end of the day, there is a solution. If you have committed, or are still committing, any of the errors listed above, don’t fret because now you have in your hot little hands a practical solution to all of these problems. Perhaps the solution is to neutralize or intensify.Perhaps you need to try before you buy or mix and match until you find the right look. Ultimately though, sometimes the solution is to phone a friend. Either way, now you are on your way to looking great!