8 Fashion Mistakes to Avoid When Getting Dressed

· March 31, 2017
Even if you like being fashionable and keeping up on the latest trends, be aware of what styles look best on you to avoid common fashion mistakes when it's time to get dressed.

Most women like looking good in every way, especially when it comes to clothes. We have clothes for every occasion, and along with finding the perfect outfit, we’re also interested in expressing ourselves with our own style. However, sometimes we don’t choose the most flattering clothes for our bodies. Here’s how to avoid some common fashion mistakes.

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While you’re free to dress how you like, sometimes it’s good to keep these tips in mind so you can look as good as you want. With that in mind, here we’ll reveal the 8 fashion mistakes you should avoid when picking out your clothes.

8 Fashion Mistakes to Avoid

1. See-through or overly tight leggings

Woman in street wearing transparent leggings fashion mistakes

Over the past few years, leggings have become a common part of women’s fashion. They’re comfortable, go well with all kinds of shoes, and can be worn with many different styles to get that effortless, casual look.

But some are made with overly see-through fabric that can show your underwear when you go out into the light. This doesn’t just take away from your style, but can also be inappropriate most settings.

Many leggings are too tight, as well, and can cause discomfort in your belly by pinching you and creating a muffin top. One of the most common fashion mistakes is wearing the wrong size, so don’t fall into the trap!

Make sure you only buy leggings that are high-quality and the right size.

2. Short skirts, open backs, and plunging necklines

To have an impressive, beautiful, and elegant look, you should always choose just one area of your body to show off.

For example, you can wear a short skirt, shorts, or dress to show off your legs but wear a modest neckline and cover your back. Likewise, you could wear a plunging neckline or open back to show off your chest or back and pair it with a longer hem on your skirt or pants.

Wearing clothes that reveal too much skin all over detracts from your overall look and can actually be unattractive.

Remember it’s always a good idea to leave something to the imagination.

3. Animal print overload

Woman in street eating something and wearing necklace, animal print jacket and carrying animal print purse fashion mistakes

Animal print is still in fashion and is as good a choice as ever for a unique, daring look.

A touch of leopard, zebra, or snakeskin can highlight your shape and add a bit of seduction to your style at the same time.

The thing is that you shouldn’t cover yourself completely with animal prints, because this ruins the overall image you’re trying to obtain and can look cheap, distracting, and loud.

Pick a handbag, blouse, or jacket, but not all three at the same time.

4. Shiny or sparkly tights

Careful with the trends! Shiny, sparkly tights have come into fashion, but they actually aren’t the most flattering.

One of the problems is that when you wear them, they tend to highlight any and all issues with your legs, including varicose veins and cellulite.

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5. Too many patterns and design elements

Woman wearing loose fitting outfit with floral patterns all over fashion mistakes

Too much draping or too many pleats can make you look at least 2 sizes bigger than you are.

As for excessive prints, patterns, and florals, these all add volume to your silhouette and aren’t pleasing to the eye.

A good alternative is to pair a patterned top with a solid-colored bottom.

6. Jeans with no pockets

Jeans without pockets can be daring. They highlight your bottom and are sometimes quite sexy.

However, these jeans are a clothing item that doesn’t look good on everyone and some stylists say they don’t look as good as traditional jeans with pockets.

Though most of them are designed with push-up fabric, less curvy women look better in jeans that have pockets.

7. Tight, low-rise jeans

Woman wearing low rise jeans fashion mistakes

Wearing extremely tight, low-rise jeans isn’t just uncomfortable but can also be quite unattractive.

They may have been in style for a long time, but they’re not very chic and actually take volume away from your bottom.

In addition, the way they’re designed leads to the appearance of the dreaded “muffin top.”

8. Sheer fabrics during the day

Many beauty and fashion experts consider sheer clothes unnecessary and inappropriate to wear during the day.

They show your undergarments and, far from being attractive or stylish, end up looking cheap and a little vulgar.

But as long as you don’t let your undergarments show in an obvious way, they can be good for going out at night.

What If I’m Guilty of These Fashion Mistakes?

If you just realized you’ve been making some of the mistakes above, go through your closet and find a way to fix them. That said, remember that the most important thing is to be comfortable and confident.

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