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7 Fashion Mistakes Women Make

Fashion mistakes sound absurd because in the world of fashion there should be no right and wrong when it comes to fashion.  I pretty much don’t like having rules in any area of my life let alone fashion which is really about fun and self-expression but after a year working in the fashion scene, there are few things that I see regularly and that instantly scream fashion mistakes.  By tweaking these fashion mistakes, we can step out in style every single day. So if you’d like to see what I think are a few fashion mistakes women make, and how they can be fixed easily, just keep reading.

1. Adding limitations to your style:

Firstly, one of the biggest fashion mistakes women make is adding limitations to their style. it might be age, size, height, etc. You will hear people say; “I’m too old to wear that”, at the end of the day, you’re too nothing to wear anything. Fashion is about fun, self-expression, and don’t limit yourself by thinking there are certain things that you absolutely cannot wear.

Here is a tip; Start with a clean slate, don’t decide that you can’t wear something because of something you’ve read or perhaps something someone has told you. Just ignore all of that and start again. Dress how you feel, and dress in what makes you feel good.

2. More skin isn’t always sexier:

Thinking showing lots of skin equals sexy is another very huge fashion mistake. If you want to know how to exude sexiness in your dressing, read this. However, showing little hints of skin but not too much is far sexier than showing a lot and leaving nothing to the imagination. A dress or shirt too short and tight never looks fashionable, but an open back top/dress or a leg slit in a gown gives off a classy vibe.

3. You’re secretly intimidated:

Another mistake is letting fashion intimidate you. I know it sounds strange, but it’s true we are often intimidated by fashion labels and fashion assistance. Now I know that feeling, when you walk into a fashion store, and the staff all look amazing and they dress top to toe immaculately looking great but you need to remember that’s the job they’re in there all day, every day playing with clothes creating outfits, styling outfits.

Don’t feel intimidated by them, often that stops us from exploring new stores, new labels and new places to shop. We tend to go to the places that make us feel comfortable and that’s all well and good but it means we don’t explore labels because we’re secretly intimidated. Don’t be intimidated. You deserve to look amazing regardless of what the label is and how you’re dressed when you walk into a store.

4. Listening to bad advice:

The other mistake is listening to people on what you shouldn’t or should wear. Sometimes it is our mothers, friends or other family members that have to us that we shouldn’t wear a particular colour or a particular style but usually that’s not always true and trends evolve, fashion evolves and looks evolve, your personality changes.

So don’t let some of those things seeds that have been sowed by other people get in the way and cloud your fashion judgment. If you put something on and it feels great and you feel good in it then it’s for you, it does work. Don’t let other people dictate and sow a seed of doubt in your mind.

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5. Shopping the same labels/stores all the time: 

Now I get that could comfortable, you know the styles, you generally have a good idea that those particular brands will fit you but here’s the thing every season the fashion obviously changes and labels also change their look and feel, they will have bile that comes in and starts buying a different look and feel. They all have to evolve their labels and I’m sure you can relate to walking into a store and one season everything works for you, the next season not so much.

So what I think is really important for us to do is not limit ourselves by just going to the same stores all the time. Rely on stores you love and feel good in but don’t forget to explore other labels and other stores to create your own sense of style and to help you evolve your fashion sense.

6. Mid-calf cropped pants:

This mistake I consider a fashion crime. This is the issue I have with it, unless you have incredibly lean long legs, anything that cuts you off mid-calf is going to highlight that part of your body. Now the thing is, most of us mid-calf are the widest part of our lower leg, so why would we want to highlight that.

So I think unless you’ve got the most amazing legs everyone should steer away from cropped pants that hit you and fall mid-calf. Crop pants are fine but wear them 3/4’s or wear them just below your knee or just above your knee. You want pants to fall on the slimmest parts of your body for you to have the most flattering look. So, mid-calf cropped are a fashion mistake in my book.

7. Highlighting the wrong things:

I think we can actually change this one, and that is not wearing tops, skirts, and pants that fall on the widest part of your body. So for instance, if you carry most of your weight on your hips, the last thing you want is a top that will fall exactly on that widest part of your body.

What that will do is, it will highlight that area of your body so the eyes are naturally drawn to that part of your body. So, therefore, it is the most unflattering place for a top to finish on you. Same thing with pants, skirts, shorts everything, if you follow the rule of making sure your tops, skirts, and pants fall at the narrowest part of your body, so it may be just below your knee, maybe your ankle, if you do carry most of your weight on your hips then opt for a depth helm line which will draw the eye down the body.

It’s all about illusion dressing and creating a longer and leaner line. So, the mistake is choosing clothes that fall on the widest part of your body.

Which of these fashion mistakes have you been guilty of?

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