It is easy to go from being "with-it" to a certified victim when it comes to fashion. With so many do’s and don’ts, how do you even know if you are following a trend or falling into the depths of victimhood. While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to fashion, and it should indeed be fun, there are a few basic things you should remember.
DON’T have visible panty/bra lines. The trick to looking good is to look flawless. It doesn't matter how affordable or expensive your clothes are. Visible panty lines cheapen an outfit.
DO be comfortable. Gone are the days when people would overlook comfort in the name of fashion. Nowadays, clothes that are wearable should be fashionable as well. If you feel like those “perfect” shoes will give you blisters and make you hobble home, then how perfect can they really be?
DON’T be afraid to experiment. Fashion should be fun. It’s a good thing to know your style and to stick to it, but it is equally as good to mix it up from time to time and try something new. After all, they just clothes. If you decide it’s not for you, you can easily remove it at the end of the day.
DO wear clothes that fit. The one thing that could ruin an otherwise wonderful outfit is it's bad fit. Pants that are too short and tops that are too tight are accidents waiting to happen. If you feel that your leggings are too tight, they probably are, and nobody likes a "camel toe."
DON’T be sloppy. Regardless of whether you are going to work, the supermarket or a party, always, at the very least, look decent and put together. Nobody says you need to be fully made up in party clothes all the time, but it would be nice if you made a little bit of effort to look nice.
DO dress appropriately. Any outfit in the world is OK as long as it is worn in the proper place. For instance, you wouldn’t go to church in a micro-mini, cut out dress or to work in denim shorts and a tank top, would you? Make sure your outfit is always right for the occasion.
DON’T be brand conscious. Just because it’s expensive and all the celebrities are sporting a particular bag, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have it too. Many times, you can buy trendy items at lower prices, minus the coveted brand name. Choose which items are worth splurging on and those you can do without.
go for quality. Just because it is not from a big European fashion house, doesn’t mean that it is not just as good. Look for craftsmanship, sturdiness, and wearability instead of the name on the tag.
DON’T try to be someone you are not. If you feel uncomfortable or silly in a certain outfit, chances are you will be conscious about it all day, and guess what, people can tell. Wear something that makes you feel pretty and confident all day long.
DO invest in versatile clothing. A lot of the time we need to be able to go from day to night so multiple use items are the way to go.
Erica Paredes has been working in the publishing industry for almost a decade as a fashion and beauty editor, newspaper columnist, stylist and make-up artist. Nowadays she juggles her time between food and fashion, beauty and travel plus mommy duties to her 8 year old daughter.
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