Avoid the 5 Fashion Mistakes Women Make

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Clothing speaks volumes about your personality and taste. Wearing a fashionable outfit sets you apart from the crowd as well as making a statement about who you are. You stand out looking beautiful, elegant, and stylish.

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Being fashionable for women usually involves trendy accessories, the latest style in clothes and best, a unique style all your own.

Often, you'll find you can accomplish this by shopping online. Online shopping offers the latest collections at reasonable prices, many times at discounted rates. There is a drawback to making your purchase online, however. The inability to try on clothing means you don't know if it will fit or flatter you.

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Why are Women Caught Up In The Fashion Craze?

Wearing a trendy outfit gives women a feeling of being part of the in-crowd. It can uplift their mood, gives them a feeling of confidence and makes them feel beautiful. A beautiful dress makes you feel beautiful, but if the dress doesn't look good on you because the fit isn't right, or the color and/or style doesn't suit you, no matter how pretty the dress is, the effect won't be successful. Surveys reveal that women often purchase clothes, even if aren't to their taste. They pick dresses that are "in' at the moment, but not especially flattering to them.

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Some influencing factors that pressure women to look fashionable are media, friends, and co-workers. Women go on buying fashionable clothing and accessories that do not match their personal style. It is puzzling why many women spend lavishly on trendy items yet dislike those items personally. This trend of buying just to be dubbed Fashionista is causing women to make some serious fashion faux pas. To avoid making these kinds of blunders in your style, learn to avoid these fashion traps with the helpful suggestions in this VisiHow article.

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Five Fashion Faux Pas Frequently Committed by Women

Read on to learn what they are, and how to avoid the traps.
  1. 1
    Passionate on the Fashion Craze
    Some women buy and collect all the fashion magazines. They watch ramp shows. They read the lifestyle and fashion section, and even keep up with all the sources from the internet. How could that be a mistake?
    1. Relying too heavily on media to influence your style and wardrobe gives you the risk of being a fashion victim.
    2. Most magazines and TV shows feature the latest fashion aimed at a very very minute percentage of the female population, while trying to make you believe these designs are perfect for you. Usually, they aren't - unless you're 5'11, weigh 115 pounds and don't have an ample bosom.
    3. Fabulous clothes are paraded by fabulous models and you want to look like them.
    4. The reality is...  
      1. These clothes are designed for a very specific body type that very few women possess.
      2. You probably don't have enough money to buy the clothes they show.
      3. The clothes aren't going to turn you into a model or a celebrity look-alike.
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  2. 2
    Buying clothes that don't fit
    You have a weight problem and hopeful that you are going to lose weight, you buy clothes smaller than your supposed size.
    1. Never buy something too small for you, even if it's a sale item.
    2. If the length of your blazer or coat sleeves is too short or long, and your pants aren't hemmed to exactly the right length - it can make or break your outfit.
    3. A good rule of thumb - clothes that are too tight, and clothes that are too loose, make you look larger.
    4. Tips to making sure your garments fit.  
      1. A long-sleeved shirt or blouse is supposed to hit just below the wrist bone with a little wiggle room (not too tight or loose).
      2. Your blouse should never gap open at the bust-line. Even if your top fits, the problem may be due to wide-spaced front buttons. You can easily fasten a snap in between the buttons.
      3. Fond of wearing tight-fitting skirt? To check the fit without sliding up or wrinkling, do the sit-down test.
      4. Hemlines. Skirts have to be entirely level all the way around. If you have a big tummy or wide hip, it fits differently. Have it altered or re-hemmed. If you have a nice round stick-out bum, you might have the problem of your skirt riding shorter in the back. These must be taken into consideration when hemming your outfits.
      5. Tailored pants hem fall to the top of your instep.
      6. Long and formal gowns fall just about an inch from the ground.
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    Creating a mish-mash wardrobe by buying odds and ends
    Buying miscellaneous items on sale can make sense. But there's a hitch: the availability of these off-price stocks lure shoppers and impress on them that these minor expenses won't swell your wardrobe concept or budget. In truth, these unnecessary items just crowd your wardrobe with more items you'll never wear.  
    1. Here are some suggestions to have a great - functional wardrobe:  
      1. Refrain from impulse buying.
      2. Organize - Clean your closet. Remove everything that doesn't fit anymore. Include those you have not worn in the past year.
      3. Do another round after a week. You'll still find clothing you need to eliminate that you intentionally left out.
      4. With the remaining clothes, sort them by theme - style or cut, color and occasions.
      5. Group by colors, then combine three colors that you can match or coordinate. Every time you buy, focus only on those three colors to harmonize with what you already have available.
      6. Plan around a workable budget.
      7. Work out a list or inventory of all the items you still need in your wardrobe.
      8. If you are a weekly shopper, set aside one hour a week to shop - malls or online.
      9. Ignore trendy items. They have short lifespan!
      10. Opt for clothing that will last two or three seasons.
      11. Buy only clothes you can coordinate with items you already have.
      12. For those that don't fit no matter how great it looks, pass pass on it.
      13. You can still add one or two items that you fancy every month.
      14. To enhance your wardrobe, add accessories (bags, jewelry, shoes).
      15. Constantly get rid and replenish essential wardrobe pieces once you are able to organize. This way, you are never stuck without a necessary item.
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  4. 4
    Getting stuck in a style rut
    When you're in a style rut, it means you've become boring in your fashions. Maybe you're still wearing what was hot six years ago, or you haven't changed your hairstyle since high school. You, my friend, are stuck in a style time warp. You look the same every day. This fashion mistake is more common in aging women. They become so comfortable wearing the old standbys that they see no need for change. They often only shop for clothes once each season. All it takes is a little tweak to the basics that you already own and you can look fabulous.
    1. How to get your groove back:  
      1. It's about time for you to buy women's magazine, not the one with food on the cover, but one geared toward fashion. Examples are Harper's Bazaar or Elle, W Magazine and Vogue.
      2. Try a different store for a change in brands or labels. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover what you're missing.
      3. Dare to wear some bold colors. Be aware of the trending colors for every season. You can also make use of scarf as a colorful accent to your attire.
      4. To update your look, accessorize. Sport a chic handbag, sexy footwear or a nice dressy, beaded necklace.
      5. Head to toe. The last things a woman does to catch up their style, or doesn't do, is shoes and hair. Don't forget to update your look with a new hairstyle, and footwear.
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    Choosing the wrong undergarments
    This is a common blunder among celebrities parading at the red carpet when they are attending awards events. Beneath those designer dresses a lot of suffering is taking place due to those heavy body trimmers they wrapped around their body to look slimmer, the push-up bras and even the invisible tape to hold the dress in place - to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. They have to endure that. With ladies who are not celebrities but are wearing these undergarments anyway, is it worth the suffering just to hide a few bumps and bulges? There are tricks to make all this easier.  
    1. How to wear undergarments correctly:  
      1. Get a professional bra fitter to measure you and give you advice on what bra will work the best for your body. She may also advice you on a corset or girdle.
      2. For full-breasted women a full cup with underwire is recommended. There are minimizers to help reduce the size of the bust line.
      3. For smaller busts, opt for a push-up bra with padding, or inserts.
      4. For fitted bottoms, wear thongs or the super-smooth underwear. Be sure panty garters are not showing at the waistline, and no lines are visible on your bottom.
      5. To conceal, varicose veins, uneven tans, razored legs, choose a nude color, sheer pantyhose to create the same effect as your skin shade.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Avoid having "the best" of everything. No matter how well made your garment is, it is also prone to coffee and food spills, moths and going out of style.
  • Plan your wardrobe around these neutral or earth colors - black, white, khaki or brown and navy.
  • Buy more solid colors than printed ones. This makes it easier to mix and match so you won't get tired of them quickly.
  • If you are not sure of what's latest style, ask the salesperson. She can tell you what's hot and what's not.
  • To make wearing shorter skirts/dresses more comfortable, opt for opaque tights, rather than pantyhose.
  • Don't do a radical makeover on yourself. DO it in a subtle way over a period of time.
  • Accent the most flattering aspect to your body, and camouflage the least flattering. As an example, if you are overweight, but have small hips and large breasts, wear a straight skirt that fits snuggly, with a box blazer that doesn't. Make sure the jacket ends in the midst of your hips. Adversely, if you have small breasts, a small waist and wider hips, you'd wear a fitted top, with a skirt that fits at the waist, but flares out, flattering your waist and disguising the size of your hips.

Questions and Answers

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