It’s easier than most of us think to make mistakes in our personal style. With the number of trends that come and go with every new season, plus the endless choices in colours, styles and fabrics to suit our body type, it’s no wonder some of us get it wrong from time to time.
That’s why I am here today to tell you nine of the most common fashion mistakes that people make, to hopefully aid you in avoiding making these same errors in the future.
9 Fashion Mistakes You Are Probably Making
WEARING THE WRONG COLOURS
Wearing the wrong colours for your skin tone can make you look washed out, tried and appear older than you are. If you want to make sure that you have a closet full of clothes that suit your skin tone perfectly, then start by finding out whether you are a cool, warm or more usually, neutral toned person.
You can use the colour charts below to help you decide whether you are warm or cool toned. Once you know what suits you, focus on building a wardrobe filled with colours which are going to compliment you at your best and stop shopping the colours that are making you look tired and washed out.
WEARING CLOTHES THAT DON’T FIT RIGHT
Wearing clothes that don’t fit you properly is not only uncomfortable, but it does nothing to flatter your body shape. Clothes that are too small will feel tight and restrictive in areas, possibly highlighting things that you don’t like about your body, while clothes that are too loose can make you appear shapeless and can make you look larger in places than you are in reality.
Another habit that many of us are guilty of is holding onto clothes that used to fit, in the hopes that we will one day be able to squeeze into them again. The truth is, this probably isn’t going to happen, and even if you do reach that size again you will probably find that either, you look too thin at that size as you have aged, or the piece isn’t your style anymore and you won’t end up wearing it even once it fits you again.
So just stick to making sure that you have a closet full of clothes that fit you perfectly, suit your body shape and make you feel your best.
SHOWING TOO MUCH SKIN
Many women still think that the key to looking sexy is showing as much cleavage or leg as possible in their outfit – actually, the opposite is true. Baring everything for the world to see usually looks tacky and gives the impression that you are trying too hard.
Try to stick to the rule of showing off only one area of your body at a time. If you are wearing a short skirt or dress, then choose a more conservative top that doesn’t show off too much boob-age. If you are wearing a plunging neckline then perhaps wear jeans or a midi skirt on your bottom half.
Less is always more and leaving something to the imagination is often the sexiest thing of all.
OVER-DOING THE OVERSIZED LOOK
Every single woman on earth has insecurities about her body, and when we aren’t feeling our most confident, it can be easy to just reach for an oversized sweater or some baggy jeans to just hide those areas that cause us the biggest lack of confidence.
However, in doing this, we can often end up drawing more attention to the parts of our body we are trying to hide. No matter what body shape you have, you are beautiful in your own way, and you can use clothes as a tool to accentuate your best features.
Throwing an oversized hoodie on with a pair of mom jeans is going to make you look like a tent no matter what body shape you were blessed with. If you are looking to hide belly fat, then you can still used oversized clothing to do this but you need to style your clothes in the right way.
Wearing an oversized v neck sweater with a pair of tailored trousers and heeled boots, will not only hide any belly fat as desired, but will give you a feminine and flattering neckline while the trousers and heels will elongate your legs giving you the illusion of a slimming look.
Trends come and go more quickly than the seasons themselves. Following every trend that you see in magazines, or worn by your favourite celebrity is not only expensive but also does very little for your personal style.
Not every colour, pattern, texture and cut is designed to suit everyone. So when you see that pastels, animal print, or maxi dresses are the latest fashion – take a minute to decide if those are pieces that you actually like, feel confident in, and do they suit you?
Otherwise, you will be looking more fashion-victim than fashionista.
NOT TRYING CLOTHES ON
Not trying before you buy is an absolute no-no and it still amazes me that people even do this! How can you justify spending, £20, £30 or even £50+ on a new addition to your wardrobe without trying it on to see if it suits you, fits comfortably and looks good on you?
Before you bring any new clothing, footwear or accessories into your life, try them on to make sure they fit you properly and you feel your best while wearing them.
WASHING CLOTHES INCORRECTLY
Always check the washing instructions on every garment before you wash it. Even better, check the washing instruction before you purchase an item – that way you can avoid buying pieces that turn out to be hand wash only if your current lifestyle does not permit you to be able to care for the item appropriately.
Washing clothes incorrectly can cause fading, shrinking, stretching and pilling. So make sure that you wash your clothes with care to keep them looking their best and fitting you properly for many years to come.
Just don’t do it – most people can always spot a fake. Avoid copies like the plague, all they do is make you look like you can’t afford the real thing. If you love the style of a specific designer piece that isn’t currently in your price range, then look for a high quality alternative that is inspired by the real thing, rather than a flat out copy that you snagged off a market stand for a tenner.
OVERWASHING YOUR JEANS
Jeans should be washed much less frequently than the other clothes in your wardrobe. The more you wash and dry your jeans, the more the fabric loses its elasticity and shape, making your jeans look baggy, poor fitting and bunching up in unflattering places such as your ankles, knees and even crotch.
Some denim enthusiasts say that if you wear the same pair of jeans five days a week, then you should aim to wash them no more than once every three months.
I think I would struggle with that, so I tend to wash mine every 5-7 wears. Decide what works best for you based on your lifestyle and how often you wear your jeans, and if you want to keep them fresh in between trips to the washing machine, then spot clean any stains and try hanging your denim to air by a window each time you wear them to keep them smelling fresh.
To Finish Off…
I hope that this post helped you recognise any fashion mistakes that you might be making at the moment. Keep these tips in mind next time you are shopping to make sure that you always choose clothes that make you feel like a million dollars.
If you have any more fashion do’s or dont’s that you would like to share then I would love for you to leave a comment below!