Clothes Lines: Fixing the faux pas
October 4, 2012
“You know, it's not really required of you to make a speech. Seriously, most people just take the crown and go." - "Mean Girls"
As The Current's new style columnist, I feel I should share some of my most memorable fashion fails before attempting to give advice to other people, so as not to be hypocritical. Thus, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’m listing my top fashion faux pas and their corresponding fixes.
I tend to be chronically indecisive about the little things, which can make shopping difficult. This leads to me returning or exchanging items more often than I care to admit. However, in an effort to save myself endless deliberation, I have resolved not to buy items I don’t totally love. Furthermore, if an item does not fit correctly, wearing it will always be awkward. No matter how cute that crop top is, it will just end up taking space in an already stuffed closet.
One thing that has taken me too long to learn is sizing is really important. As a rule of thumb, always try things on before buying them. It might be the same brand you’ve worn since high school, but manufacturers can change the style ever so slightly. Also, you might be unaware if you've gained or lost weight. While your current jeans may still fit, a different size might be even better. (When shopping for jeans, try the squat test. If you can squat without exposing too much, the jeans are good.)
Shoes, shoes, shoes!
I’ll admit it, I’m a fan of Uggs when worn appropriately (but that's another column). I also have an enormous collection of flip-flops. However, I appreciate the importance of shoes in making or breaking an outfit, so these two styles usually stay in the back of my closet.
The type of pant needs to be considered when choosing footwear. For example, ballet flats look awkward when paired with boot cut jeans. Weather and comfort should always be considered . If it’s raining, it makes no sense to risk ruining those silk flats. Moreover, jeweled gladiator sandals look amazing in the sunlight, but aren’t the best for running around.
By sharing these fashion fails, I hope to establish a sense of credibility, yet relatability, as a style columnist. I love window-shopping and obsessing over Vera Wang dresses, but that doesn’t mean I wear head-to-toe designer or will always be perfectly presentable. Sometimes, I’ll make mistakes.
My style credo is this: A white tee and jeans can be beautiful. Sometimes, no makeup is better than an hour spent at the Clinique counter. Don’t try every trend that comes out, especially if you're wary about it. Be comfortable. Most importantly, have fun and check the return policy.