Fashion mistakes are unavoidable for each and every one of us. There’s not a soul alive who can review their entire outfit history without finding a minimum of one ensemble that never should have made it off the rack. That said, it may surprise you that great fashion isn’t all about color, pattern, and a particular style. These five major mistakes are the real culprits standing between you and your fashion reputation.
- Getting hung up on the price.
When we think of the price of fashion as a barrier to good style, we assume the issue is being unable to afford the best. In actuality, the problem is buying simply because you can afford it. There’s no question that great clothes are available at every price point. But did you choose that top simply because of the rock-bottom sale price? Having a closet full of things you consider “smart buys” – rather than items you’d actually love to wear – is a very common problem.
- Not treating your garments right.
Be honest about the state of your closet. Are things presented and organized in a manner which inspires you to put an outfit together? Messy clutter, wrinkled items, and disorganized piles are the source of so much terrible style. Choose the appropriate hangers, keep clothes clean and smooth, and arrange them in a way that makes sense to you. This makes getting dressed faster and simpler – with more impressive results.
- Flaunting fakes.
A lot of people can spot a particular luxury designer’s style from ten paces. Even more of us are familiar with various logos that have a certain status. Ultimately, none of this matters. Great style is not about brand names, and this is why you should never resort to knockoffs. If you can afford high-end fashion, SSENSE guarantees the authenticity of every product. If you can’t afford pricey labels, don’t sweat it, and don’t fake it.
- Settling for a poor fit.
That wrap dress features excellent material, the color you love, and is the right price. Is that enough? Never. When you buy items that hit every mark but the exact fit, you have to be willing to get it tailored. Every fashion plate on the planet gets their slacks hemmed, their high-quality shoes resoled, and their busts adjusted. It’s very cost effective, so stop making excuses. The fit is the difference between “nice” and “WOW”.
- Never wearing the right underwear.
Wearing the wrong underpinnings can destroy an otherwise perfect outfit, and unfortunately, it can be one of the toughest areas to get right. An ill-fitting bra can completely change the effect up top, while visible panty lines distract from that perfect skirt. When you buy a piece, ask yourself if this will leave your bra straps visible, if it demands particular underwear and more. Every great outfit requires a great base, so go ahead and update your lingerie wardrobe first.
What do you think of when you picture the perfect outfit? Maybe it isn’t an organized closet or a pair of seamless underwear, but these factors have more influence over great style than you think. This, in addition to the services of a decent tailor and an eye that opts for style over price, can take you far in the world of fashion.
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