12 common mistakes that are derailing your style
These are just a few things that will seriously derail your style game...
Any holes or rips are a serious no no-if you are trying to look stylish and put together. If the holes are repairable, make sure to break out the needle and thread or head to a tailor immediately to prevent the situation from worsening.
If your clothes are simply worn out, it may be time to bid them adieu. For those pieces you simply can’t let go of consider restricting them to ‘at home use only’.
No matter how stylish your outfit may be, if there are yellow stains around your armpits, makeup on your collar or remnants of your morning jam on toast smeared on your clothing, you’re going to look a mess. Always check your outfit in the morning before you leave the house to ensure you’re stain-free.
We all have our clumsy moments when eating or drinking that may result in the food we were so eagerly trying to get into our mouths ending up on our clothes. Always be prepared and carry a stain removal pen in your bag to prevent any nasty lasting stains.
3.Chipped nail polish
You know the saying ‘a little is better than nothing at all’? That doesn’t apply to nail polish. If you have painted nails, make sure they aren’t chipped. If you can’t keep up the colour with touch ups, either paint your nails with a clear polish to give them a hassle free shine or forgo the nail polish entirely.
4.Wearing hair ties around your wrist
While it may be convenient to always have a hair tie at hand (literally), this habit will seriously detract from your outfit. Instead, take the time to put a hair tie in your bag, car or keep one at your desk to be prepared for those ‘I just need to get my hair off my face’ moments.
Nothing says ‘I didn’t have time this morning’ like leaving the house in an outfit that is seriously wrinkled. Always iron or steam wrinkly outfits prior to wearing.
If you are on the lazier side when it comes to getting rid of wrinkles, you can always try hanging your garments in the bathroom while you shower. The steam in the room will help wrinkles fall out of light fabrics.
If you can’t be bothered with all the fuss, it’s best to buy clothing made from fabrics that don’t wrinkle much or are blended with a fibre that reduces wrinkling, such as polyester, nylon, rayon and acrylic.
6.Carrying multiple big bags
Unless you are going to the supermarket, there is no need to carry bags and bags of stuff. It makes you look unorganised and ruins the appearance of your outfit.
Pay attention to what you do and don’t use over the course of a week and slowly remove the unnecessary items until you have a small number of necessary items that fit in one bag and don’t weigh you down.
7.Constantly adjusting your clothing
This a clear indication that your clothes don’t fit properly. It also means that most of the time your clothes will not be sitting correctly, making you appear unkempt and scruffy.
The constant need to adjust your clothing also makes you look slightly nervous and uncomfortable (which you probably are if your skirt is riding up your legs).
Ensure all of you clothing is well fitted and makes you feel comfortable so you aren’t trying to somehow lengthen that risqué miniskirt by pulling at its sides all day.
8.Clothing that drags
If your clothing is dragging on the floor beside your feet it’s going to get dirty and frayed - not to mention the risk of tripping over that excess fabric. Ensure all of your clothes are bought, or tailored, to hang a couple of centimeters above the floor. If you have certain garments that are a little longer and are intended to be worn with heels, make sure they are worn with heels only, not flats.
9.Faded or discoloured clothing
Many of our clothes fade or discolour over time, especially our most beloved and worn pieces. Avoid things like black jeans becoming a washed out charcoal colour, and white shirts developing an ominous grey undertone by ensuring you follow garment care directions carefully and discarding pieces when they start to look old and off colour.
10.Clothes that are covered in pills
No, I’m not talking about medicine patterned clothing (although I doubt that would make a stylish everyday look).
Clothing that its covered in little balls of fluff, ie. pills, is never going to make you look stylish or put together. On the contrary, it’s either going to look like you didn’t pay attention to what you were putting on in the morning or you’re wearing very old clothes (despite the fact that pilling can occur within weeks of getting a new garment depending on the fabric used and the quality of the garment).
Remove pills using scissors, a razor or a purpose built pill removing device. If you can’t be bothered removing pilling, try to buy clothes made of fabric such as linen or silk as they have a lower risk of pilling.
11.Runs in tights or stockings
Nothing screams ‘I was not prepared for this situation’ like a woman walking around all day with large runs in her tights. If you’re the tights wearing type, it’s important to have multiple pairs, just in case you accidentally create a run while rushing to pull them on in the morning.
If you do happen to notice a tiny hole or pull in your tights, paint it with a little clear nail polish or spritz with hairspray to stop the damage from spreading.
12.Shoes that don’t fit properly
Shoes that are too small will stretch and lose their shape quickly. They will also suffer from additional pressure on the seams which may cause them to split. Too small shoes will also likely cause a lot of pain. Spending your day limping around with sore feet is hardly stylish.
Similarly, if your shoes are too big, you’ll spend your day sliding around in them, which will probably result in some pretty nasty blisters - definitely not the recipe for a chic outfit.
Combat these mistakes and soon enough you’ll be leaving the house as a style icon every single day!