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Five Fashion Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

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Trends may come and go, but there are some fashion mistakes that will always be considered faux pas. Many of us are guilty of at least one of these fashion blunders-ever worn yoga pants while not at yoga class? We love the comfort and stretch of a well-worn yoga pant just as much as the next person, but that doesn’t mean we condone them being worn to run errands, go out with friends, date night or anything else that doesn’t involve yoga or working out. It’s time to stop making these mistakes once and for all. Below you’ll find the top five fashion mistakes that most of us are making along with solutions on how to fix them.

Not Taking Proper Care of Your Clothes

When is the last time you read the label on how to properly launder that new blouse? Or have you avoided buying an item all together because the “care instructions” seemed too overwhelming. If you’ve invested in curating the closet of your dreams, then you need to make sure you that you are properly caring for your clothes so that they will look and feel better, while lasting longer.  Here are some clothing care tips, that we could all benefit from:

  • Be delicate with your delicates - According to the New York Times,  Araks Yeramyan, the founder of Araks, is beloved for her line’s underthings and swimsuits — which she says to wash by hand and never put in the dryer.On a few lazy occasions, I have tried putting intimates in the machine, and the elastic is never the same.”  Her tips for washing the delicates include washing like colors in cool water (by hand), rinsing, and allowing your underthings to air dry.
  • Stop ignoring the care instructions, they were put there for a reason...which brings us to our next point.
  • If a tag says DRY CLEAN ONLY, it means dry clean only. Certain fabrics were not made to be washed at home. If the tag simply says “Dry Clean” you may be able to get away with it, as long as your mindful of the fabric.
  • Don’t put your shoes in the bottom of the closet. Shoes stored at the bottom of the closet can lose their shape and pickup dirt and scuff marks from other shoes. If you have the room for it, invest in a shoe rack or try a shoe organizer that hangs from your closet door.
  • Use felt hangers. Felt hangers help to reduce the little points left in the shoulders of clothes that wire hangers have a tendency to leave.

Not Buying The Right Size

Finding the right sized clothing, can be one of the most tedious tasks when we are out and about shopping. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons many women will tell you that they don’t want to go shopping. It’s a real bummer when you go to try on that size four and it just doesn’t fit like it's supposed to. However, many of us will still by the too small size to fit into our “ideal” pant size or shirt size. Instead of trying to “suck it in” in the name of fitting into the smaller size, get rid of the notion that you are a certain size if you’re not. The. Number. Is. Not. Important. We’ll say it again for the people in the back, the size you’re wearing doesn't matter!  You are beautiful no matter what your size. The most important thing is how it looks on you and how it makes you feel.

Another trap we can fall into is buying clothes that are too big in an attempt to hide our “problem areas”. The issue with this fashion mistake is that it can actually draw more attention to that area than the proper size would have.

Pro Tip - Try before you buy and bring the “honest” friend. They can help you in deciding what clothes flatter you and what needs to stay on the hanger.

Not Shopping For Your Body Type

Bodies may come in all shapes and sizes, unfortunately fashion does not. Unless, your part of the 1% of the population that can pull off virtually anything from the latest runway fashion trend to a potato sack, you have to spend a little more time doing research on what types of clothing work best for your body shape. We’ll offer some super quick tips for the four most common body types, but you may need to do additional research in order to find the best garb for your bod. Again, have a friend who will give you their honest opinion help you. Plus, shopping with a friend is so much more fun.

Check out these different body shapes and dressing guidelines from Stitch Fix:

  • Pear or Triangle  - Pear shapes look fabulous in statement tops that draw the eye upward and highlight the waist, back, or neckline...Accessories like dramatic necklaces and earrings are your secret weapon.
  • Hourglass or Curvy -  The key to dressing an hourglass shape is two-fold: 1) define your waist and 2) show off your lovely lady shape
  • Apple or Inverted Triangle - Apple and inverted triangle shapes look best when playing up their full bust, their amazing legs and/or their arms.
  • Athletic or Rectangular - The key to dressing an athletic or rectangular shape is to balance your broad upper half by accentuating your legs and other curves.  It’s all about remembering the athletic shape rule of thumb: Keep the volume on top or bottom.

Using The Same Purse ALL YEAR LONG

We see this fashion faux pas all the time, especially in mothers of young children. We get it. You need a catch all purse that will hold wipes, bottles, snacks, cars, stuffed animals, your wallet, your phone, etc. Because of this, many of us end up using the same purse all year long, which isn’t helping in the fashion department.  Real Simple offers their solution on this fashion blooper. When choosing a bag it should reflect the season’s temperature and esprit: darker and heavier for fall and winter, lighter all around for spring and summer. And you want to be prepared for any occasion (work, weekend, evening). A good rule of thumb is having a couple options for each season. With only a couple to choose from for each season you won’t be overwhelmed by “decision fatigue” when it comes time to switch out for the season.

No More Yoga Pants in Public

Yoga pants. Messy bun. Starbucks in hand. Sound familiar, anyone? Unless, you’ve been living under a rock, we’ve all seen the sea of 35 and under wearing this uniform. And that’s exactly what it is, the millennial, soon to be generation Z, uniform. Though most of us have succumbed to the comfortable, easy going, “can be worn as pajamas” yoga pants and sweatshirt combo at least once or twice, it needs to stop. Remember when it was fun to dress up? Probably before you had kids, a full time job, a household to run etc., right? While most of us are strapped for time and sanity, this doesn’t mean that our sense of fashion needs to get tossed out the window. We understand the dilemma though, especially for college students and young moms who are home all day, continually wiping spit up off your shirt- why would you want to spend time getting dressed if it’s just going to get ruined?

Self Preservation, baby! It is so utterly important to take care of yourself when you’re taking care of so many people around you and this means getting dressed up, even if it’s just to go pick up another gallon of milk! Seriously, it may take a little extra time and effort on your part, but in the end you will feel so much better about going out in style than you would have schlumping about in your worn out yoga pants that weren’t that flattering anyway.



Photo by Becca McHaffie on Unsplash

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