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Putting together an outfit that is stylish and also classy and sophisticated, can be challenging for anybody at times, even the most fashion forward people.

Certain colours, accessories and styles can look tacky if worn in the wrong way, even if the piece itself is at the height of fashion.

So to make it easier for you to avoid getting it wrong, I have put together a list of some of the key reasons that a person can end up looking tacky.

All of us will have at some point made some or all of these mistakes, but once you’re aware that this is specifically the reason that you’re not looking your best, you can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes again in future.

Please take this post with a grain of salt – these are all just my opinions and I’m not trying to offend anybody. The most important thing when it comes to what you wear, is that YOU feel confident.

These 9 Things Immediately Make You Look Tacky


Chipped, tatty nail polish always makes you look unkempt, and like you don’t take pride in your appearance. If you haven’t got time to repaint your nails a new colour, or visit the salon to have your nails done, then just take two minutes to remove the old nail polish colour.

Bare nails are way better than chipped, picked at polish.


I’m sure I’m probably going to offend somebody with this one… I don’t mean purposefully orange hair like Hayley Williams in 2007 – that looks awesome on some people.

I’m talking about when women have tried to highlight their hair blond, but haven’t toned it correctly or haven’t used the right bleach or developer and it turns out that brassy, orangey colour.

I get that sometimes your hair doesn’t take to a colour change the way you expect, or damaged hair can’t always take a harsher bleach, but if you’re not able to achieve a true blond colour for whatever reason, I personally think you’re better to just go brunette or a different colour instead.


Shoes are one of the first things people notice about your outfit, but so often they’re the thing that many people forget to pay attention to when getting themselves dressed.

There is never any excuse to leave the house in dirty shoes (unless of course it’s converse or trainers that are supposed to be a little worn in). Polish your shoes, cover any scuffs with shoe polish or paint and replace the laces of your sneakers regularly to give them a new lease of life.


Less is generally more when it comes to accessorizing an outfit. When in doubt, under accessorize rather than over accessorize. Whether it’s too much jewelry, excessive glitter, super heavy makeup, a giant handbag, or eight inch stilettos, when you’re trying to put together a classy, elegant look, just turn it down a notch.


I love a bit of neon green as much as the next person, but if you’re trying to put together a classy, sophisticated look, then neutral, muted colours are the way to go.

The only exception to this rule is the colour red – for some reason, red looks super stylish on almost anyone.

Bright colours can look lovely sometimes – but they don’t usually look nearly as stylish as black, white, grey, navy, khaki, brown etc.


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.


Take care of your clothes properly. Wash according to the instructions, dry clean if necessary, and hang your clothes up properly so they don’t go out of shape whilst in storage.

Knitwear covered in pilling, faded and ripped clothes not only make you look tacky and like you haven’t made an effort, but you won’t feel your most confident when you’re wearing them. Either get things repaired, use a clothes shaver to remove bobbles, or get rid of tatty clothes altogether.


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 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.

To Finish Off…

I really hope you enjoyed this post and that you’re not offended by any of the things in this list. Like I said before, these are all just my opinions, and at the end of the day, you should just wear whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable.

Make sure to let me know in the comments below what style choices you think make you appear tacky, and be sure to check back here soon as I post brand new fashion, lifestyle and personal finance content on The Angelina Archives every single week.

7 replies on “These 8 Things Immediately Make You Look Tacky

  1. I am a man, much of these advices relates to females. However I find your perspectives interesting and exceptional, I can advice all women figure in my life to read and follow this article😊😊

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