24 Common Fashion Mistakes Everyone Makes

Let’s face it, everyone has made fashion mistakes before. We have all wondered how to stop a sweater from shedding or how to properly tuck in our non-skinny jeans into boots. And at the very least we have wondered why some clothes accentuate other women’s bodies while leaving ours looking like a box. The fact is, you are not alone in thinking all of these things. If you’ve wondered if it was possible to fix these fashion mistakes you have come to the right place.

Below is a list of the most common fashion mistakes people make.

But instead of just listing them, there are also ways to save you from ever making those mistakes again.

Accessorizing Appropriately: Always pick the accessory after your picked your outfit. If you are wearing understated clothes then a bold accessory choice suits well. It’s important to remember not to over-do it with accessories. If you have rings, bracelets, earrings and a necklace on, it may become too much. Try for two of these options. Then match them so they appear the same. Such as a beaded bracelet and necklace. The most important things to remember about necklaces is that not all of them go with every neckline.

Tuck Properly: Different tucking rules apply for different outfits. When wearing a fitted shirt matched with a pair of jeans or dress pants it’s good to tuck the entire shirt in. Yet when wearing an A-line skirt and a baggy shirt, a knot tied at the center of the stomach works better. It’s important to remember that not all shirts need to be tightly tucked, sometimes loose is more.

Know Which Undershirt To Wear: A trend that’s been happening for a long time is wearing a collared shirt underneath a sweater. While this look is super fashionable it causes the sweater to crease due to the undershirt. Next time you wear this trend try putting a tight and smooth tank top between the two shirts. This is sure to take out any wrinkles that will form.

Cuff Jeans: Always cuff your jeans when wearing ankle boots. Uncuffed jeans take away from the design of the boots and shorten your legs. Some people cuff their jeans just enough so that there is no leg showing between boot and cuff. Although some people like this look, it doesn’t help lengthen your legs. To properly cuff, roll the jeans a few times tightly so that there is an inch or two of leg showing.

Roll Sleeves: In the fall, long sleeve shirts are everyone’s go-to, especially button-down ones. On cooler days you can leave the sleeves down but on the warmer days you can roll them up. Yet, many people roll their sleeves the wrong way, causing wrinkles and an unflattering shape. The right way to roll up your sleeves is in the diagram below.

Prevent Pillage: Everyone’s sweaters are subject to pillage. The problem comes when no one does anything to help prevent the pillage from happening. Some prevention tips are to use a lint roller before going out. This will take the majority of the pillage away. To continue keeping the pillage away and to take better care of your sweater, turn the sweater inside out when washing.

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Hairspray Tights: When wearing a skirt, shorts or a dress, it’s popular to wear tights underneath. It’s a great way of keeping your legs slightly warmer on a cooler day and adds a layer which gives any outfit a fashionable look. The problem is that many nylons and tights rip or run. One way to prevent these runs is to spray hairspray onto your tights. Make sure to do this before putting on your tights and not while you are wearing them.

Cinch, Cinch, Cinch: There are certain dresses that many women love to wear. They are the ones that are looser and appear like they will accentuate our hips. Yet, when we put them on they make us look like we are wearing a bag. Instead of settling for this bag look you can cinch the dress in the back. To do so, make a knot in the front of the dress so that it appears like a built-in belt or like the dress was already made that way, which is even better. This will make the dress hug your figure and give you that look you’ve envisioned the dress would.

Don’t Be Afraid of Using a Belt: A lot of people think that wearing belts over your shirt or dress is something we did in the early 2000s. While that is true, using a belt is able to save a lot of fashion looks. When wearing a dress shirt and skirt try adding a belt around your waist. Or even better, when wearing a dress use a belt to hug your waist. Using the belt will make the outfit stand-out as well as accentuate your figure.

Pair Colors that Work Together: This is where a lot of people make fashion mistakes. It is hard to know what colors go well together and it’s easy to make a disastrous mix and match mistake. To play it safe try the monochromatic look. Mix and match different shades of the same color with everything you wear. This is a way that everything you are wearing will match. Just remember to pair the outfit with a different colored accessory.

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Think About Shoes Last: Once you have your outfit picked out that is when you should start looking for what shoes to wear. A major fashion mistake is picking out the shoes you are going to wear before you have picked out your outfit. Many shoes don’t go with many outfits leading to major fashion flaws. Open-toe heels tend to work better with skinny jeans, skirts, and dresses. While boot-heels go better with Jeans.

Flat Iron Any and All Collars: For many women that wear dress blouses it’s hard to keep their collars from creasing. During the day it seems that no matter what effort you put into keeping them straight, they wrinkle anyways. One sure way to stop these creases from happening is to flat iron your collars the night or morning before wearing them. The temperature and steam with force the collars to stay straight all day.

All Jeans Tuck into Tall Boots: Everyone faces the challenge of fitting their non-skinny jeans into tall boots. The common fashion fail is that the jeans end up being baggy near the calf area or won’t fit inside the boot at all. One way to stop this from happening is by vertically folding your jeans and wear high socks to trap the jean tightly in place. This is sure to fix this stubborn fashion mistake.

Double-Sided Tape for Button Downs: No matter how expensive or inexpensive a button down shirt is, there is always the chance of those sneaky gaps happening. You know which sneaky gaps I’m talking about. The ones that act as a peephole for your upper region. The best way to stop this from happening is to buy double sided tape and place small strips in-between the buttons. That will certainly stop the gaps from forming.

Dress For Your Body Shape: There are many different shapes and sizes for the female body. Yet not all clothes are made for every single shape. It is important to know your shape and dress according to it. That’s the only way to assure that you won’t make a fashion mistake. For example, the go-to outfit for someone with a pear body shape would be an A-Line skirt and a round or v-neck top.

Athletic Can Be Fashionable: A common fashion mistake when using athletic wear is wearing a tracksuit. This is what people think as athletic wear. But now with leggings and many popular running shoes, there are different ways to make athletic wear fashionable. Try pairing a rounded sneaker with light blue skinny jeans and a plain t-shirt, or with black leggings and a slightly loose sweater. This will make any athletic look fashionable.

Pair Loose With Tight: There are people who pair loose with loose or tight with tight. This leads to very boring and often misshaped outfits. The best thing to do is pair tight with loose. If you are wearing skinny jeans pair it with a loose top. And if you are wearing baggy jeans or looser sweatpants pair those with a tight t-shirt or tank top. This is sure to spice up any outfit and make them appear more fashionable.

Try Draping a Jacket: Over the years wearing your jacket as a jacket has become boring. It’s a popular trend right now to drop your jacket over your shoulders. This goes for jean, leather, blazer and light fall jackets but not winter coats. Draping causes more of a standout look and heightens any outfit. Just remember, it’s only fashionable to drape when the weather is appropriate. If it’s too cold outside wear your jacket the normal way.

When To Wear White: Many people only think of wearing white when someone says: ”Don’t wear white after labor day.” Though this is true, there are other times when it’s not good to wear white. Because white is a color that is often see-through, it’s only a color good to wear when the lighting is right or at certain times of days. That’s why it’s important to check out the outfit in different lighting before heading out the door.

Stop That Shedding Sweater: A pet peeve for many people is when their sweater begins to shed. Little pieces of wool begin falling on everything they own, or on other people. A quick way to solve this problem is to put the sweater in a Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer overnight. This is sure to stop the sweater from shedding.

Try The Half-Tuck Trick: When tucking many people believe that the whole shirt should be tucked. Or that a shirt shouldn’t be tucked at all. This is what causes some outfits to be boring. To amp up an outfit that you’re feeling is a bit dull, pick up one side of the shirt and tuck it into your jeans. This brings a level of depth to what you’re wearing, making the outfit more fashionable.


Layer Up: People who don’t layer their clothing cause their outfits to be dull. When wearing a t-shirt think about putting on a jacket or sweater, this will add depth to your outfit.  Or even when wearing a dress try adding a belt around the waist or even putting a jacket on or draping it over your shoulders. This is sure to make you stand out from the crowd.

Knot It: Another way of ramping up an outfit is by knotting up a shirt rather than tucking. If you’re wearing tight jeans, leggings or skirts then knot the top you have on. You can either knot it in the back or front. But if you want to take it to another level try knotting it to one side of your hip. This will bring dimension to your outfit and make it more eye-catching. This technique works best when wearing A-line skirts.

Yes, You Can Make Sweatpants Fashionable: People will always say that sweatpants aren’t fashionable. But the truth is they are. The problem comes when people don’t dress them up but wear them like they just came from the gym. Next time you wear sweatpants for fashion pair them with a nice pair of kicks and a figure-hugging t-shirt. And why not throw on a classy jacket? This will surely make any sweatpants look like a must-have.

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