Not all of us are necessarily runway models, nor do we aspire to be! However, staying up to date with the latest fashion trends can make us feel more confident, and understand what looks best on us.
The truth is that fashion is entirely subjective, yet there are some universal rules that apply to most people. Usually, outfits that are considered “good” often share common characteristics. To help you look your best, and avoid unnecessary faux pas, here are some “innocents” fashion mistakes you might be making and how to fix them.
Forgetting Your Age
There is no officially written fashion rule book that tells you what you can and can’t wear past a certain age. However, there are some looks that work better for certain periods of our lives. Wearing a puffed-sleeved dress with unicorn print probably isn’t very age-appropriate when you’re living in an assisted living facility. And dressing in a mini skirt with high heels probably won’t be very appropriate on the first day of kindergarten. You get the idea.
Wear clothes that suit your age, and you won’t just avoid awkward glances, but you’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable. Many looks are created for certain age groups largely because of functionality. Wear clothes that don’t just make you feel your age, but also allow you to get around and function without feeling uncomfortable or restricted.
Too Many Accessories
Accessories are a great way to add a pop of color and texture and a fun addition to your outfit. However, too many accessories can start to make you look like a, well, Christmas tree. Less is more when it comes to accessories, so don’t go overboard.
With fashion icons such as Iris Apfel we may feel inclined to follow her lead, however, an over-accessorized look is very particular and requires almost scientific balance. Instead of five necklaces, opt for one. Instead of a wrist full of dangling bracelets, settle for two or three. Crowding too many accessories into your look will often detract from your style, and you won’t be able to appreciate each accessory individually.
Forgetting Your Body Type
There are some people with long torsos and some people with short torsos. There are some people who are top-heavy and other people who are bottom-heavy. Body types come in all different shapes and sizes, and there is no way to change that. And while you may not be able to change your genetics, you can change the way that you dress. Certain styles are better suited for specific features. Try out a few different looks and notice how the size and composition of your body changes depending on what you wear.