By artTECA. Everyone can agree, fashion is fun and should never be a science. In today’s fashion we are constantly told our style is anything we want it to be and we stand behind that. However, there are still a handful of rules that will refine any woman’s individual style. Today we are sharing the 17 Fashion Mistakes To Avoid.
You wear retro pieces without a modern spin.
We know fashion is all about reinventing styles and old trends usually find a way of coming back. However, that doesn’t mean you should dress head to toe in an outfit that belongs to three decades ago. In order to make your retro look relevant, it’s important to mix in modern pieces with the vintage pieces. A perfect balance of the two will give you the vintage-inspired outfit of your dreams.
You avoid horizontal stripes at all costs.
Believing the old wives tale that horizontal lines will make you look wide is a cliché mistake. While it’s true horizontal stripes on a form-fitting dress may be a challenge to wear, sticking to classic silhouettes that are made well and fit well are perfect for everyone.
You think classic wardrobe pieces have to carry a hefty price tag.
Many women prefer not to splurge on clothing if it’s not necessary. However, many women also think adding classic pieces to their wardrobe should be pricey. This is not the case, especially with chic fast-fashion stores such as Zara, artTECA and ASOS that offer quality pieces like 100% silk scarves, wool and cashmere sweaters and silk blouses at seriously wallet-friendly prices.
You think mixing prints is too loud.
Actually, mixed prints can look extremely sophisticated and offer your everyday look a dose of freshness. Really anything goes when it comes to mixing prints, but if you’re a print mixer beginner you can stick to more common prints like stripes and polka dots.
You think mixing gold and silver is a no no.
This is so untrue. If you think this, you’ll be missing out on wearing all of your favorite pieces together, not to mention miss out on awesome jewelry trends.
You think jeans should be washed as often as your other clothing.
Denim conforms to our bodies and over-washing will cause your jeans to lose their shape. In fact, most raw denim requires up to six months to break in and fit like a glove. However, with all of today’s denim trends, you’ll find most jeans “pre-washed”. This doesn’t mean you should wash casually, just that you don’t need to wait an entire recommended six months to wash.
You think sequins can’t be worn during the day.
This is a terribly sad misconception, considering how fun sequins are. A modern trick to making sequins look appropriate during the day is to pair them with casual pieces like jeans or a white tee.
You vow to never wear sweatpants in public.
As many recent trends have shown, a well-fitted pair of track pants can actually look extremely chic. Style them with pointed heels or low booties to give them an effortlessly cool vibe.
You never mix black and navy.
Once upon a time this fashion rule was adhered to strictly, however navy and black go perfectly together. In fact, the pairing looks elegant and fresh. Designers like Carolina Herrera, Miu Miu, Gucci, Prabal Gurung and Céline have proven this with their ready-to-wear lines.
You think sneakers are only for the gym.
The rise of top bloggers and fashion insiders rocking sporty Nikes, New Balance, and Adidas kicks with everything from dresses to leather pants proves that when styled with dressier pieces, sneakers can add a modern twist to an outfit. Take your sneakers beyond the gym and wear them with silk jogger pants.
You think sweatshirts are only casual wear.
The sweatshirt has risen to the top and become a fashion staple. Leading designers like Kenzo, Phillip Lim, Cynthia Rowley, and Karen Walker have been showcasing countless versions. From embellished to printed and you can see top fashion bloggers pairing their sweatshirts with pieces like skinny trousers, heels and statement necklaces.
You think you can only wear one bold color at a time.
The color-blocking trend that is always circling back into the limelight shows us that wearing bold colors together is totally chic. For instance, don’t be afraid to wear a magenta dress with a canary yellow clutch-it works!
You are wearing pants that aren’t tailored correctly.
While it’s true that slouchy boyfriend jeans and jogger pants are still very in-style, wearing a pair of pants that are suppose to fit snug but actually hang loosely is a major faux pas. It may be an investment, but it’s one that’s definitely worth it. Purchase a high-quality pair of jeans or trousers that hit you in all of the right places.
You confuse over-sized with slouchy.
Oversized sweaters, blouses and dresses are having their moment right now. However, you can wear a piece that is too oversized and then you will end up looking sloppy and your figure will be completely lost. Stray away from too bulky and slouchy and pay attention to the fit when it comes to the over-sized trend.
You believe every ‘dry clean only’ tag.
Most high-end brands that manufacture items in washable fabrics will often say “dry clean only” on their tags. This is often to keep up the higher-end appeal and the reputation of the price-tag. In actuality, certain fabrics actually hold up better when they’re washed by hand as opposed to getting dry-cleaned. Use this guide to help you decide when to hand-wash and when to dry clean.
You believe white shouldn’t be worn after labor day.
This is an antiquated rule that has had it’s run and it’s time to throw it out the window. Wearing white after labor day is actually a wonderfully modern and fresh take on your style. The way to make the color look perfect for Fall and Winter is to reach for white wool, cashmere, fur, flannel, silk, and leather. “Rules like don’t wear white after Labor Day…are antiquated. Modern women should feel free to experiment.” — Style Expert Stacy London
Remember these 17 Fashion Mistakes To Avoid when picking out your outfits and you will always avoid a faux pas and look your absolute best!