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5 Unsightly Fashion Faux Pas To Avoid

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Jun 12, 2020
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A fashion faux pas is possibly the worst style mistake anyone can make. These usually result in clothes looking terrible or fitting badly once worn. From unironed clothing to underwear peeking out of an outfit, there are many faux pas to avoid.

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Ensuring you are wearing fresh, clean clothing that flatters your body is a good place to start when trying to be stylish. Thereafter, avoid making these 5 fashion mistakes.

1. Ill-Fitting Clothes

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While oversized and baggy clothes are in fashion, if the piece isn't specifically designed to hang on your frame, wearing ill-fitting clothing is not cute. Clothing should never be too tight nor falling off your body. If you're constantly tugging, adjusting or pulling at an outfit, it is the wrong size.

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It is important to buy clothing that is your perfect size. Do not buy a size 8 if you are actually a size 10. The tight fit will only make you feel more self-conscious. In the same vein, do not buy clothing that is multiple sizes too big for you. They create the appearance that you are heavier or bigger than you are. Do not be afraid to get items tailored to fit perfectly.

2. Wearing Super Trendy Items

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The following trends can be tempting. However, the rise of fast fashion means many trends end as quickly as they start. Therefore to stay fashionable it is better to avoid trendy items and opt instead for classic and timeless pieces.

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“Please don’t ask me about trends. I’m into buying clothes that make me feel pretty, that flatter me, but I have never cared about having the latest thing.”

French model Julia Roitfeld told Vogue:.

3. Overly Revealing

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Overly revealing clothing often looks slightly too tacky. However, when done right, showing skin with strategic cutouts, low necklines, backless gowns, and even thigh-high slits can be extremely sultry and stunning.

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The trick is to carefully choose one skin showing option not all of them. This also reduces the possibility of an unsightly wardrobe malfunction that could completely ruin your entire outfit.

4. Over Accessorising

A common fashion faux pas is over-accessorizing. Wearing too many accessories detracts from your outfit instead of adding to it. A good idea is to pick one statement piece or a combination of dainty and understated jewelry like a simple necklace, bracelet, and earrings.

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However, if all the pieces are eye-catching or chunky, they often clash or look like you are trying too hard to be stylish. Chanel advises that you “always take off one accessory before you leave the house.” Let your statement piece shine on its own.

5. Dressing to Impress

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We've all fallen into the trap of dressing to impress others or to fit society’s standards. However, as author Caroline de Maigret points out in the book “How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are,” “the idea is to find the real you and to not be a product of what society wants you to be.”

“You should dress to feel good, not show off. It takes life to learn that.”

Former French model Iné de la Fressange told The Guardian.

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