A fashion faux pas is one of the biggest sartorial misdeeds one can make when getting dressed. Whether it’s wearing something that should be ironed or allowing your underwear to show, a fashion faux pas can ruin an otherwise on-point outfit.

So, how do you avoid making a fashion faux pas? The main thing to remember is to ensure your clothes are always fresh, clean and fit well. Wearing ill-fitted or dirty clothing will certainly make you look unprofessional. Be sure proper care is taken to maintain your clothes’ excellent condition.

Here are ten of the most common fashion faux pas that women (and sometimes men!) commit.

1. Dirty clothes or fabric with holes

Not only does it look unprofessional, it will cheapen your whole outfit.

2.  Clothes that don’t fit

Unless the designer intended for the outfit to be oversized, clothes that don’t fit should either be tailored or removed from your wardrobe.

3.  Ill-fitting pants

Pants should fit properly and not be too tight or long.  If they are, discard or visit the tailor.

4.  Clothes that should definitely be ironed

Do you have a cotton shirt?  It needs to be ironed (both women and men!).

5.  Heels you can’t walk in

There’s nothing worse than seeing a woman wearing heels that are too small or too tall heels.  It’s just not a good look and it makes it difficult to see the whole outfit.

6.  Socks with sandals

It might have been at bit of a trend for a minute, but I wouldn’t recommend trying this fashion faux pas anytime soon.

7.  Low-rise pants with visible underwear

Today’s jean trends are more high-rise or mid-rise so the risk of showing your underwear is minimal.  However, if you do choose to wear low- rise jeans, but careful not to expose your underwear as this is a major faux pas.

8.  Food stains

I don’t think this one needs further detail.

 9.  Visible underwear

A bra strap from a white shirt or an underwear line on a tight skirt are not a good look.

10.  Too many accessories

With so many great accessories from which to choose, it’s easy to go overboard. Keep it simple and go from there.


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