7 Fashion Faux Pas To Avoid

None of these “faux pas” has anything to do with telling other people what they should or shouldn’t wear or what’s in and what’s out of fashion.

I believe people should wear what they like, whatever makes them feel most confident, from any store, or any era, and styled by any inspiration. After all, fashion is simply a form of individualized expression.

However, here are my easy rules for avoiding fashion faux pas. I also admit to being guilty of all of these at some point in my life. There’s no shame in it. They are just clothes.

  1. Leaving the house looking like an unmade bed
    The most obvious fashion faux pas are evident; toothpaste stains on your clothes, food stains, non-intentional holes in clothing, wrinkles and creases that categorically must be ironed, lint, dirty or smelly clothes. Take care of your clothes. They cost money. Pay attention to the obvious and give yourself a good once over in front of a mirror before you leave the house.
  2. Baubled knitwear
    The most expensive cashmere sweater will look like a decades-old hand-me-down if you don’t keep the baubles and pilling at bay. Sweater shavers are inexpensive and essential to keeping knitwear (expensive or otherwise) in top shape.
  3. VPL – Visible Panty Lines
    Bunched up knickers are a thing of the past. It’s 2019 and there is no shortage of seamless underwear and shapewear on the market.
  4. Painful shoes
    Hobbling around in painful shoes that are too high or too small not only diminishes any look immediately, but there is also absolutely no need to suffer any longer. There are too many low and/or flat stylish shoe choices. If you want to wear heels, choose the highest heel that still allows you to manage long, even strides.
  5. Price tags on shoes
    You may think no one notices because they’re on the bottom of shoes, but everyone sees any price tag the minute you sit and cross your legs. It’s just tacky.
  6. Ill-fitting bra
    Like #3, there are simply better options these days. I recommend taking the time to go to a department store and have a sales associate help you find the correct bra. Then, try on a bunch before deciding. If you’re looking for a t-shirt bra, try it on with a t-shirt before you leave the store. I shop at Nordstrom and have always found the staff helpful. The correct undergarments can make or break an outfit.
  7. Ill-fitting clothes
    We’ve all worn them. Tops that pull or squeeze. Pants that ride up (or down), or aren’t right in the crotch area, a definite no no. Don’t try and make them work. They never will. Get rid of them.

What is the fashion faux pas that you most avoid?

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