In a time where Crocs are being celebrated (we see you, Balenciaga), thong jeans are a thing and cyclist sunnies are cool, we gotta ask ourselves, does the word fashion faux-pas even exist anymore? With a world that’s celebrating the diverse, the bold, the different and yes, even the outrageous, fashion included, the line between style dos and don’ts is being blurred.
However, there is a handful of golden style ‘don’ts’ that fashionable girls always stick to, that gives the term fashion faux-pas legs.
Keep scrolling to find out which 7 style mistakes fashion girls would never make:
They would never…
1 Wear shoes that are too small
According to The College of Podiatry, more than 50% of women wear the wrong size shoe, and more often than not, shoes that are too small (why now?). Aside from the obvious health risks (no one can pull off a bunion ladies), it’s nonsensical to squish your feet into shoes that are too small because of some notion that back in the day, women with smaller feet were ‘more desirable’ (this is completely bonkers and no longer exists!) It looks très weird.
2 Wear creased clothing
A garment can look up to ten times more expensive after a good iron or steam. And ICYMI, a steamer is the stylish girl’s best friend. It takes about two minutes to steam a shirt and you can purchase a steamer for about 200 bucks at your local homeware store (aka Clicks). You can ask any stylist, a good steam makes any garment look more expensive and polished. Say it with me, ‘thy shall not be creased’.
3 Wear garments that are ill-fitting
The fit of a garment is so important when it comes to dressing. Knowing your correct size (because size is just a number) and finding garments that fit like a glove (and don’t suffocate or drown you) is game-changing when it comes to dressing. Supporting and forming a relationship with your local tailor, who can alter garments to perfectly suit your body shape, is the best style secret you’ll ever know.
4 Wear the incorrect undergarments
Bra straps that stick out, especially brightly coloured ones, are not a great look for work or play – nor are VPLs (visible pant lines, that is). Make sure you have a good selection of undergarments that provide all the support you need. Beyoncé’s stylist, Ty Hunter, is an advocate for owning great undergarments and served up this style secret when we interviewed him.
5 Ignore clothes that make them happy
While we all need those wardrobe classics (tailored suit, a crisp white shirt, a leather biker jacket, well-fitted blue jeans etc.), at the end of the day fashion is here to put your best self forward, to make you happy and is all about having fun – so don’t forget about those style-happy purchases now and then. These are the garments that you may not wear in ten years time and that you may not be able to build +25 outfits with, but they bring a little joy into your life (and wardrobe) and that’s enough. That sequin embellished bomber may serve you better than you’ll ever know – and it will make getting dressed in the morning that much more fun.
6 Not pay attention to the way they’re washing their clothing
Washing your clothing is both imperative and risky business. Sound far-fetched? Well, if you’ve ever been a whiteness those terrible fuzz balls or saggy knees on your favourite jeans, you should know that how your washing your garments can prevent or elevate these. The life-span of a garment could increase dramatically if you just give a little more thought to what type of wash you should be using and on what level.
7 Limit themselves by wearing a garment in one way only
Whether it’s wearing a shirt backwards, wearing two different colour shoes (à la Céline) or belting over a coat, the style squad are always looking for new ways to wear their garments (that can otherwise be ordinary AF). And the best thing about fashion is that there are no rules (or instruction manuals) on how to style a garment. If you don’t consider yourself creative, Instagram and Pinterest are there to help you get those chic insider style hacks to stir things up in the wardrobe dep!
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