Fashion is one of those areas of life where you cannot go too wrong. Pretty much anything these days can be passed off as a fashion statement and it is refreshing to see people express themselves through their clothing. However, no matter how switched-on to the world of style you are, there are some fashion faux pas that we have all fallen foul of.
Orange Wotsit Legs
Considered as one of the worst fashion offences is the dreaded dodgy fake tan. Even the chicest outfit can be ruined by blotchy luminous orange legs and you do not want to be stuck in jeans throughout summer days until it fades. A professional tan can complement outfits and facial features alike, so put the tanning mitt and bottle of lotion away.
If you are craving a sun-kissed glow, head to a professional salon that specialises in spray tans. They will be able to talk you through all the different options available, provide you with the best aftercare tips, and will ensure you leave the salon streak-free.
Jewellery, sunglasses, scarves, shoes. Whatever your accessory penchant is, try not to wear your entire collection at once. Looking like a magpie's nest is never a good look and, in the world of accessorising, less is always more.
When putting an outfit together, allow yourself to have one statement piece; whether this is some killer heels or a gorgeous bag. Your remaining accessories should be subtle and not detract from the item in the limelight. If your outfit is quirky, stick to simple accessories. It is all about finding the perfect balance.
Bra Straps on Show
In a world where there are a plethora of boob-holding devices, it is a wonder that bra straps on show is still such a recognised crime. The only places that gym straps should be visible are in the gym (if wearing a sports bra) or under a camisole if wearing a bikini top on holiday. Bra straps can ruin an outfit and cheapen a look.
Many women with larger breasts tend to shy away from bra-alternatives, fearing that they will not supply the support needed. However, there are a number of inexpensive bra clips and stick on cups that won't have you feeling like everything might escape.
It doesn't matter if you are a toned gym-goer with abs of steel, wearing clothing that is too tight can be unflattering. Body-hugging items that have a spandex or stretchy quality are the worst offenders, highlighting every slightly wobbly bit and area of cellulite. In fact, wearing clothes that too tight can completely warp how you perceive your figure.
When shopping, make sure you try every item on. Also, don't be afraid to size up. It is common knowledge that fashion retailers don't abide by the same measurements for their sizing. So, if you're a size 8 in one store, and a size 16 in another, then so be. Always go with how the clothes fit and look, not the number on the label.
Wearing Ill-Fitting Shoes
Nothing is worse than your crunched-up toes screaming in pain or your heels bloodied and blistered from wearing shoes a little too big. Chances are it is making you walk peculiarly and, although you don't care what other people think, you still go red with embarrassment when you hobble into Boots for plasters.
If your shoes do not fit properly, do not wear them. However, if off by just a little, insoles, heel guards, and a shoe horn will go a long way in helping keep your feet happy in your new shoes.