While most women have at least some interest in fashion and style, many develop bad habits or fall into marketing traps that lead to a number of mistakes. These are extremely common, and are easily avoided once recognized. Here at Pearl and Clasp, we’ve fallen prey to the same faux pas, and have created a list to benefit womankind. Can you relate to any of these?
1. Obsessively collecting or following fashion magazines. Enthusiasm and interest are fine, but most fashion shows and high-end brands don’t cater to the average woman’s wardrobe. The prices are much higher than you need to be spending, and the styles are usually extremely short term and flattering only on extremely tall, thin supermodels. Don’t get distracted from your reality, though a little inspiration is, of course, what will set you apart!
2. Wearing clothes that are the wrong size. Oh, we know. There are soooo many reasons for this one, whether you’ve just started a new diet and expect to lose weight, or recently lost a bunch of weight and haven’t gotten around to refreshing your wardrobe. Or maybe you fell in love with a sale item that only came in half a size too small… Whatever the reason, this is one rule that has no real exceptions. Always buy clothing that sits well and flatters your current form. No need to stick to a specific size, as every brand and style will vary in actual fit, but always try clothes on and pay cloe attention to sleeve length, tighter areas and of course, overall fit. Leave a bit of elbow room in case of shrinkage, too!
3. Impulse buying. Sales, especially around the holidays, can make it impossible to resist that adorable vest or super cool leggings. Just make sure to keep your wits about you. Every item you buy should pair easily with other items in your closet, as well as be timeless and age-appropriate enough that you will definitely wear it again next season. Accessories and accents are a great way to enjoy trends without going way over budget and cluttering up your wardrobe.
4. Overcommiting to a look. While too many random items are a no-no, so are dozens of pieces that are exactly the same. Diversity is crucial if you don’t want to get stuck in a style rut, and if you have a “uniform” look, it’s important to shake things up. This doesn’t have to come at a large expense- for starters, try changing your hairdo, lipstick color, and jewelry every so often, and adding just a few interesting accents to your wardrobe.
Have you made any of these mistakes?
Until next time,