5 Style Mistakes Even Smart Girls Make

Do you make these common fashion mistakes? These bad habits could be limiting your style.

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Fashion mistakes

We all make mistakes when it comes to fashion – that’s part of how you learn what not to do. That said, whether it’s due to laziness, misinformation, or just habit, there are some style mistakes that even the most fashion-forward girls seem to make at one point or another.

The following bad fashion habits could really be limiting your style. Read up on five of the most common fashion mistakes and learn a few tips on how to correct them below.

1. Waiting until the last minute to try new pieces on with your existing wardrobe.

The scenario: You go out shopping and find a fabulous top you love. Score! When you get home, you hang your new purchase in your closet and forget about it until it’s time to get ready to go somewhere, when you realize you don’t know what to pair it with. After a mad scramble, you give up trying to wear it because you’re already late enough as it is.

Why it’s a mistake: New outfit combinations don’t create themselves. If you want to get the most wardrobe bang for your buck, you have to try new things on with as much of your old stuff as possible!

Next time you go shopping, resist the urge to just hang a new item up in your closet immediately. Instead, take a few minutes to try your new piece on with things you already own. That way, you’ll know what outfits work and which don’t, avoiding the last minute rush to find something to wear.

2. Striving for a clothing color palette to rival a jumbo box of Crayolas.

The scenario: You’re a one-of-those-in-every-color kind of girl. Once you find a top thats flattering and inexpensive, you immediately buy it up in all the shades it comes in. Instead of worrying about which colors are the best for YOU, you simply want to diversify your closet, owning as many colorful options as possible.

Why it’s a mistake: I used to shop like this too, I won’t lie. You think you’re creating a versatile wardrobe when really you’re wasting money on things that don’t suit you.

The truth is, though, owning a top in every color is useless, because NO ONE, not even flawless models can pull off every color in the rainbow! You only need to buy colors that A. look good on you, B. work with the rest of your wardrobe, and C. reflect your personal style. So I know it’s tempting to buy that orange shirt in the off chance someday you’ll need to wear something orange, but here’s a hint: that day is not going to come. Just back away and buy something that works for you.

If you’re not sure what colors work for you, check out my article How to Find Your Perfect Colors.

3. Letting imaginary flaws dictate what you “can” or “can’t” wear.

The scenario: You’re browsing The Fashion Spot when you see an outfit you LOVE on Kate Moss – it’s fun, fresh, unique, and SO your taste. You’d love to rock something similar but then you think to yourself “I could never wear that. My hips/thighs/breasts/ankles/insert-body-parts-here are WAY too large to make it work.” You forget the entire thing and vow to dress the way you want to once you lose 10 lbs.

Why it’s a mistake: While Kate Moss may be genetically superior to us mere mortals, there is no reason we can’t take any look she wears and make it work for us normal-sized ladies. An example of this is the skinny jeans trend. So many women with hips thought they couldn’t wear skinnies, not realizing that pulling them off is all in the cut and wash. All it takes is the time and effort to find that perfect pair, and anyone can pull them off.

So the next time you find yourself saying “I could never wear that”, stop. You can wear whatever you want – you just need to be creative and find a way to interpret that look so it’ll work for you. For more on dressing your body type, see Fashion For Your Body Shape: The Basics.

4. Using color as a crutch.

The scenario: You know what colors work for you, or at least you think you do. You pretty much stick to the same three or four shades to keep things simple. After all, it’s not difficult to make your outfit match when everything you own is red, white, or black.

Why it’s a mistake: Now there’s nothing wrong with owning lots of black for example, but way too many women base their entire wardrobes around it. Even when you’re trying to save money, a basic wardrobe devoid of anything dramatic or interesting is boring!

Don’t be scared of possibly mismatching (rules like “never wear navy and black” are outdated anyway!) – just have fun and add a little more diversity to your wardrobe. After all, it’s better to make mistakes and learn from them than play it so safe that you’re boring. Live a little!

For more information on adding color to your wardrobe, see 10 Easy Ways to Wear Color.

5. Letting yourself get into “uniform mode”.

The scenario: You’re so busy with classes, work and your social life that you pretty much wear the same outfits every day. You have a closet full of stuff but you keep repeating the same clothing combinations over and over. You often find yourself thinking “I have nothing to wear.”

Why it’s a mistake: While everyone does this to some extent (it’s not like we all have hours to spend in our closets), it’s a waste of a perfectly good wardrobe to not mix things up. You have way more options than you think in that closet – all it takes is some time and effort to come up with new looks!

Spend some time with your wardrobe each weekend – try things on, test out new combinations, and find unique ways to wear things you already own. Also, don’t be scared to wear things in unintended ways. A bandeau dress could become a high-waisted skirt, a scarf could become a belt, or a necklace could be worn as a cool headband. There are so many possibilities that there’s no excuse to let yourself get into a rut.

For more tips, see What to Do When You Have Nothing to Wear – 5 Tips to Wake Up Your Wardrobe!

Your Thoughts?

As you can see, most of the above fashion mistakes, while common, are easy to remedy. With a little effort and an open mind, it’s simple to stop making these mistakes for good.

Have you noticed yourself making any of the mistakes I listed? If so, do you have any tips to fix them? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

9 thoughts on “5 Style Mistakes Even Smart Girls Make”

  1. I totally am no. 5. I try things on from my wardrobe and think ‘That looks way to dressed up’ and just put on the regular jeans and a basic tee. & I’m a sucker for sale items but really, who isn’t?

  2. This post is brilliant especially this line which sounds so familiar to me! “So I know it’s tempting to buy that orange shirt in the off chance someday you’ll need to wear something orange, but here’s a hint: that day is not going to come.”

    I often buy clothes in cool colors I adore but I never worn them…

  3. I think this is one of the most helpful articles related to dressing youself that Ive ever read! I think all of us have committed one of these fashion faux pas at one time or another. I think i’m guilty of trying to own too much color! :X

    thanks zephyr!


  4. Oh wow, I pretty much do all the mistakes except for maybe number 2… My mom’s guilty about that. Lol. I usually shop dark-colors for pants,skirt etc and lighter colors for the tops. And I always shop with my mom so the final decision is always in her hands and she keeps on buying similar items (shirts, definitely)… My only time of persuading her to buy something ‘fun’ is on sale season since everything is like half-priced.
    What I really want to wear is sunglasses. You know, those big, flashy-colored ones… but i’m blind without my glasses and i hate contact lenses so i’m still thinking on how I can wear one of those,, 🙂

  5. i love the one about buying one thing in every color! buy 1 get one half off always kills me! it seems like a great deal, then you end up getting something that you really dont need and probably wont use. i also find that when you are ready to wear that orange version of your favorite shirt, you’re usually out of luck since you wore the black one the day before. great post!

  6. I don’t usually make these mistakes, but I do make another big one sometimes. I’ll suddenly get this urge to “reinvent” my style, but I go about it all wrong. I’ll just decide that I can pull something off and start buying a bunch of pieces to go with it, but in a month or two I hate these new purchases and can’t match them to the rest of my wardrobe.

    I’ve really had to make myself take a step back and only invest in pieces that will last me, or at least compliment my personal style.


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