Fashion Tips

Seven Fashion Mistakes You Don’t Know You Are Making

The best part about fashion is that it’s subjective. Every person you meet has a unique sense and understanding of fashion. But there are certain habits women refuse to acknowledge, knowingly or unknowingly, which ultimately hamper their good fashion sense.

Here’s a list of the most common fashion mistakes women make in their day-to-day routine.

1. IGNORING UNDERTHINGS

You can’t go wrong with something that is first to go on and last to come off. Whether it is the unmissable panty lines through your clingy leggings, or random creasing of your ill-fitted bra, or ultra-tight shapewear which is choking you; all such fiascos are a big no-no and should be fixed right away. Do yourself a favour. Don’t ignore the underthings. Feeling more confident and comfortable from within is the first you need to do.

HOW TO FIX IT?

Go for perfectly fitted underthings only. No compromise. If you find them having stretched elastics, broken buttons or unusually twisted wires, replace them. They had a life which was finite. Let them go.

Camouflage the panty lines. Simply pair your leggings (or other clingy bottoms) with a long tunic top, shirt or a shirt dress that covers the butt. No peekaboo.

2. SPORTING SAME WORN-OUT BAGS AND FOOTWEAR, AGAIN AND AGAIN

Sometimes you concentrate so much on the clothing pieces that you end up overlooking the otherwise visible cracks or slits on your bags and footwear. It doesn’t matter if you are heading for a wedding or to brunch, your same handbag and same pumps accompany you every time you step out. I am not suggesting you to hoard all the types in your wardrobe but carrying them as per the occasion and knowing when to toss them out is important.

HOW TO FIX IT?

Invest in bags. Have at least three different kinds for different occasions. For example, a black satchel bag for the work, a silver sleek clutch for the evening and a bold tote bag for the casual outing – that’s all you need to cover yourself up.

Protect your shoes. Use polish, shiners, sprays periodically for preventive maintenance, especially when you are dealing with leather. And don’t think twice to go to a shoemaker in case of any sole repair. If it is irreparable, toss it off.

3. OVER-CROWDING THE WARDROBE

When was the last time you dug deep into your wardrobe? Did you have the courage to discard the stuff that had been lying there for ages? Your answer will be – ‘I don’t remember’ and ‘definitely not’ respectively. But, don’t worry as this behaviour is the most common. All you need to do is reason yourself and let those unused extra pieces go off.

HOW TO FIX IT?

Declutter your wardrobe. From building a capsule wardrobe to calling your BFF for wisdom, here are the insightful hacks on how you can declutter your wardrobe.

4. OVER ACCESSORIZING

Undoubtedly, accessories can make or break an outfit. Adding a belt and a pair of statement earrings to a shift dress can add a much-needed oomph. But, pairing the same dress with four rings, one necklace, huge earrings, a bracelet, a belt, and a glittery clutch can quickly take the outfit from fab to drab. An overload of accessories ends up making the whole outfit look cluttered while taking away the attention from the attire.

HOW TO FIX IT

Keep the number ‘THREE’ in mind. While accessorizing, do not go over three blingy accessories per outfit.

5. NOT THINKING BEFORE A PURCHASE

Right off the bat, just as much as it hurts me to say this, even I’m guilty of this fashion mistake. Not thinking through before buying an item, results in an overflowing wardrobe and the I-have-nothing-to-wear problem. So, do not indulge in impulsive purchasing.

HOW TO FIX IT?

Don’t rush for sales and make a wishlist. I understand, staying calm during online sales is very difficult but buy an item only if you adore it. If you have even an iota of doubt, save the item for a later date. That’s what ‘wishlist’ is for. Just wait for another round of sale as e-retailers have them throughout the year. I usually keep adding stuff to my Modstyl profile and check the wishlist, especially when some sale is on. Doing so saves me some hard-earned bucks and a lot of time. And above all, it keeps my anxiety levels in check.

6. NOT DRESSING ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY TYPE

There are seven types of body shapes, namely: Inverted Triangle, Triangle, Round, Pencil, Rectangle, Neat Hourglass, and Full Hourglass. All of these shapes have unique characteristics and different focal points. If you are not going about according to your body shape, this is the time to pick the silhouettes that highlight the natural curves of your body and complement your best features. Before looking good, it is important to feel good. Unless you are not comfortable in your outfit, there is no point in carrying it.

HOW TO FIX IT?

Dress according to your body type. If you don’t know what type you fall into, I recommend you identify it first. Here is a guide for understanding different body types. Remember, there is no need to be unhappy if you do not have the ideal ‘hourglass’ figure. Every aspect of your body is beautiful, regardless of what shape it is.

7. HIGHLIGHTING TOO MUCH

We have all heard that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Believe it or not, it goes with the exposure of skin too. Don’t highlight all your features at once. Just keep the whole look balanced.

HOW TO FIX IT?

Keep it balanced. Pair something like shorts or a mini skirt with modest tops, i.e., something like a shirt or a polo tee. If you want to swing the opposite way, then wear your crop or tank top with jeans, palazzos or culottes.