We’ve all tried to make that sweater we bought four years ago still fit or threw our new Zara top in the dryer only to have it shrink to a size from Baby Gap. Maybe you were in a rush and grabbed jeans that were on sale only to find they were on sale for a reason. Whatever your body type, or closet struggles, here are some fashion mistakes to avoid—and a few tips to revamp your style.
Buying Clothes Too Small
Stop being hung up on staying a size four and start buy clothing for the size of your current body. When you buy clothing that fits your body, you will look thinner and feel better. Trust me, it's much better than the constant battle of trying to keep everything sucked and tucked, not to mention you will more comfortable.
Fix it: Remember sizing across different brands is extremely varied, so forget the number! Think about how it looks and feels. Does it flatter your best features? Does it camouflage your belly or make it more obvious? Don’t let print or color get in the way of you being able to really see what’s best for your body.
Buying Clothes Too Large
On the other end of the spectrum is buying clothes too big. This does not, in fact, hide your problem areas but accentuates them and can make you look bigger then you actually are. Being stylish has nothing to do with being a size 0. Yes, that means some silhouettes won’t be as flattering on you as say Gigi Hadid, but you’re beautiful and you need to cherish and rock the body you have!
Fix it: If you have a problem of buying things too large, start by trying a size or two smaller. Let it soak in, and be open to showing off your best assets. We're not saying you need to buy a bandage dress, but your jeans should curve around your butt. If you spend half your day pulling your jeans up, they are too big.
You do not need a statement necklace, dangly earrings, a belt, and a fringe bag—it’s too much. Why are you distracting others from your beautiful face with all these shiny objects? Keep it chic and simple. Focus on clean silhouettes and sprinkle in one show-stopping accessory at a time.
Fix it: Think about balance and proportion. If you’re wearing a low cut blouse, throw on those statement earrings or a necklace. (One, not both!) If you’re wearing a high neck top, rock an arm full of heavy bangles and slick your hair back in a low pony. If you’re wearing mainly neutrals, don't be afraid to grab a bold leopard belt or oversized bright blue bag. It’s all in the balance.
Not Trying on Before You Buy
Do not buy something online or off the rack before trying it on. It can look fabulous on the hanger, but less than amazing on you. Bottom line: You just never know until you try. The exception? If you’re familiar with a store or brand you know fits your body type and style, then go for it!
Fix it: I know this battle usually happens at 3 p.m. in a packed mall and you’re tired and really just want to get a pretzel because shopping is exhausting. But take that extra five minutes and slip on the silk blouse before you spend $100 and realize it's too late—you can’t return it.
Not Buying for Your Body Type
I don’t care how cute it is, some clothes just don’t look good on certain body types. Don’t get caught up in fads or fast fashion! Remember, the whole point is to make yourself look good and feel good. Pick silhouettes that will flatter your best features. Whether you want to emphasis a small waist or camouflage a problem area, think about cut and how it hits your body.
Fix it: If your smallest in your waist, dresses that cinch or emphasis the natural waist will flatter you the most. If you tend to carry more weight around your stomach but have great legs, try a flirty A-line dress that hits a few inches above the knee.
Playing it Safe
Are you the type of girl who only buys one color? Is your closet a sea of black and grey? If you answered yes, you’re playing it too safe and are most likely a culprit of a boring style. Don’t be afraid of vibrant color or a sexy print! It’s amazing how certain colors and florals can not only brighten your complexion, but also your attitude
Fix it: If your closet is full of neutrals, start small and add a flattering print blouse. Try throwing a bright blazer or cardigan over your classic little black dress. Or if this still seems like a big leap, start with a bright colored heel or belt. You only live once, so throw all the rules out the window and try something unexpected.
What are some of the fashion mistakes you have made? Would love to hear them in the comments below...