While I am firmly of the belief that rules are made to be broken when it comes to fashion, with it being an extension of your individual style and personality. However, there are some guidelines, if you will, that still have a place no matter your taste.
These five common style mistakes are all too easy to make. So much so you’re probably making at least one of them without even realising. Because knowledge is indeed power, we thought we’d point them out, so we can all get on with being the most stylish versions of ourselves.
1. Styling for a different season
The weather has been doing weird things over the past few years, and no doubt that floral dress is both fun and flirty, but don’t make the mistake of dressing for winter in summer and vice versa. Not only will you just look plain silly – we’re sorry but the truth hurts – but you will also most likely feel uncomfortable when you end up freezing or sweating your way through the wrong temps.
2. Failing to tailor
With so many clothing options around, it’s easy to forget that they are designed for set sizes, not individual needs. In fact, it’s really something of a miracle if you are able to find clothes that fit you perfectly off the rack. If you love something but it doesn’t fit you quite right, take the time to get it altered. It will make the world of difference and can completely transform an item.
3. Forgetting that what’s on the inside counts
Your underwear can make or break an outfit. Do not underestimate this. If your underwear seams cut you in the wrong places or create bulges it will distract from your outfit, no matter how stylish. The same goes for your bra – think about where the straps sit and how the cups will make your bust look under your top. There are different styles of underwear for a reason. Remember there’s nothing wrong with using ‘spanks’ or other supportive underwear if it makes you feel better and fixes the way your clothes fit and fall.
4. Repeat purchasing
I am 100 per cent guilty as charged on this point. One of the easiest mistakes to unconsciously make is buying an endless supply of an item, just because it looks good on you. For me, it’s stripes. I love them and wear them to death, but even then, eight striped tops seems a bit excessive … If you favour a particular pattern or item, invest in a quality piece, rather than bulk-buying every version, so it will have a longer lifespan.
How many of these style mistakes are you guilty of making? Do you have any others to add to the list?