10 Fashion Mistakes That Can Spoil Your Look:
While the world may be leaning toward more casual attire, there are still
a number of fashion faux pas you need to avoid, regardless of the
occasion or dress code.
Wearing The Wrong Colors:
All skin tones are not created equal.
The lime green or hot pink that you saw
on the runways may look fabulous
on the models, but horrible on you. Experiment
with different colors
and stick with the palettes that look best on you, regardless
what's "au currant". Don't waste your money on clothes that make you
look pale, sallow, jaundiced, or washed out.
Wearing Too Small a Size:
If it doesn't fit, don't wear it.
Squeezing into a size 8 may feed your vanity, but
it will make you appear
overfed to everyone else. Shop by FIT, not by size. If you
can't sit down
or feel as trussed up as a turkey, you're not going to feel your
Why put yourself through that kind of torture? Find clothes that fit
have them tailored to fit and stack the cards in your favor.
Light for day, heavier for evening, sheer for sports
or other strenuous pursuits.
You wear different clothes for different activities
in your life; your makeup
should change as well.
Wearing The Wrong Color of Hose:
You'll look taller and trimmer
by matching the color of your hose to your shoes
and your hem.
Wearing a black skirt and shoes? Opt for sheer black hose.
a bright blue dress and taupe shoes? Go for the taupe-colored hose.
If you only wear black hose because they hide things you don't want people
see, well, guess what: unless your whole outfit's black,
ATTENTION to your legs. If that's not what you want,
it's time to rethink
You look great...from the ankles up. If your shoes
have seen better days,
find a good shoe repair shop. Polish them
Use a felt tip marker on scuffs, and put a piece of soft carpet
your feet when you drive. And most importantly, invest in a good pair
going to wear them every day.
Broken Nails, Chipped Polish:
Keep your nails clean and evenly trimmed.
To make repairs quickly, have
clippers and a nail file in your purse and
desk at work. Paint over chips or
remove all polish.
If you're in a business environment, stick with conservative
nail polish colors
at work and save the sparkly/neon/funky looks for weekends
Dragon-lady lengths are never appropriate for business.
Slips That Show:
Unfortunately, one length does NOT fit all.
Buy slips in several lengths and
replace them once the elastic wears.
For the most discreet linings, buy slips
in the colors you wear most often,
like black, navy, beige, and white. You
want to mute the sheerness
of your garment-not all attention to the color
of your slip.
First, buy deodorant that works with your body.
You may have to try a few
to find the best one for you, and you may need
to change every now and
again if your chemistry changes, like after
having a baby, starting new medication, going through menopause, or the like.
If you perspire heavily or need a surefire method to prevent stains,
using dress shields.
Visible Bra Lines:
Make sure your bra fits properly. If it rides up in back,
slips of the shoulders,
or lets your breasts sag instead of offering support,
then it's time to seek
professional help. You can usually find trained fitters
in the lingerie departments
of better department stores.
Call around for an appointment.
Hair color can do wonderful things for you, but it can also be hard
budget. If you can't afford the regular maintenance required
by allover color,
consider getting highlights instead. And whatever you do,
make sure your
hair color matches your skin tone.
Take a few minutes to attend to the details.
Why spoil your look when looking
great is nearly as easy?
For more info, download Fashion Mistakes, a free ebook.