Fashion Disasters

By Pat Kwas

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What is fashion?  What makes great style?  It is personal; you want to present yourself in your own unique way.  That is your fashion and style.  But you need to be careful to avoid making fashion mistakes that can ruin your look.

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1.  Visible Bra Straps – Bras are undergarments, so keep your straps properly adjusted and don’t let them peek out on purpose or on accident.

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2.  Right Bra with White Shirt/Top – A common mistake that many women make is to wear a white bra under a white shirt or tee. A white bra will be clearly obvious under a white shirt. If you don’t want your bra to show, you should wear a color that matches your skin color.  Choose a nude or tan color if you have lighter skin.  If you have darker skin, a dark brown or black one works best.

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3.  Clothes That Don’t Fit Properly – Stop buying clothes according to the size you wish you were or hiding in over sized, baggy clothes.  Both of these fashion disasters make you look larger than you really are.  If you don’t have fit, you don’t have style.  Don’t get hung up on sizes!  Embrace your shape and wear clothing that accentuates your best features.

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4. Beige This color makes most people appear washed out.  It brings out imperfections in your skin, like dark circles and redness.  Brighter colors worn near the face will brighten your overall appearance.

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5. Getting Stuck in a Style Rut – Sticking with classics has been conventional wisdom for ages, and for women with full lives and limited resources this is still a sure way to investment dressing.  The problem is that as we grow older, we sometimes become a little too comfortable wearing our old standbys (or just doing “replenishment” shopping each season).  Sometimes all it takes is tweaking the basics that you already own to look fabulous.  Step out of your comfort zone and try a new style or a new color- your skin tone will appear brighter and your eye color will pop when you wear a color that makes you sparkle!

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6. Don’t Indulge – That means don’t overdo sparkles, sequins or animal print.  While it is fun to play with different colors, fabrics and styles at times- less is more. Wearing too much of a good thing can turn into a fashion disaster.  If you are going to wear a top that has sequins on it, keep it simple  everywhere else.

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7. “Mom” Jeans – Jeans that sit way too high on the waist and taper in at the legs are extremely unflattering for your waist, hips, butt and legs because you lose proportion and balance.  Even if you are an older woman, don’t be afraid to try a current style of jeans.  I am not saying you have to get the very low rise distressed jean.  Just look for a pair of dark wash jeans that sits below your belly button and are slightly flared or boot leg.

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8. Stop Comparing Yourself to You 20 years ago – Our bodies change as we grow older, don’t waste your time pining for your “glory” years.  Be the woman who  people say looks better now than she ever did- 10, 20, even 30 years ago!

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So if you found yourself cringing when reading this list of fashion disasters, take the time to make some needed changes.  Remember- when you look good,  you feel great!

Pat Kwas, Wardrobe Consultant

Clothes for Confidence!

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