Yes, we know; fashion is dynamic, it’s personal, and it’s unique. But keeping all of that in mind, there are still certain things you can’t get away with. It’s a blunder alright, and no amount of justification claiming it to be the latest fad is going to cut it. So let’s list them down so we’re all spared from distasteful sights.
Socks with crocs
Sure they rhyme, but that’s no excuse for wearing them together. Forget fashion, it defies logic. If you are wearing socks to keep warm, then why wear open-toed sandals? Despite how fashion rebels have tried to make this acceptable, it still remains as a major fashion faux pas; and it’s not going to change anytime soon.
Ill-fitted clothes, no matter how fancy a brand it is, is going to make you look bad. But clothes aren’t the only thing that requires a good fit. Your shoes do too. If you’re going to be hobbling around on a pair of heels that is giving you a shoe-bite, you’re losing all the elegance, grace and poise you dreamed of exhibiting with those shoes in the first place.
We all love designer labels (especially the ethical ones), and owning more than a couple in the closet is definitely a bliss. It’s all fine and dandy till here. The problem arises when one decides to flaunt them all at once. A designer belt, matched with a designer coat, matched with designer shoes, matched with a designer bag, matched with a designer... See just reading it out starts to sound annoying, imagine having to witness it. Stick with one or two designer items only and stop looking like you’re campaigning for the label.
Having too much bling, just draws attention to the whole lot of bling, and nothing else. In other words, it’s too blinding and painful to the eyes, and you, as an individual, will be completely lost behind all that bling; it’s like losing your identity. Ok, maybe that was a bit too melodramatic, but the point is, wearing a whole lot of accessories together reduces the impact of each and ends up looking cluttered. If in doubt, remember the golden rule here – look at the mirror before leaving the house and take off one accessory.
There is absolutely nothing wrong in not wearing designer labels. There is, however, something really wrong about going for the fakes. So if a brand is a little over the budget, don’t buy a knock-off. Those actually familiar with designer brands will know exactly what to look out for in that fake bag claiming to be real. So spare yourself the embarrassment and protect your integrity.
Nails are supposed to look, well, like nails. They aren’t supposed to look like an eagle’s talons, or like frosted cake, or an item from the jewellery case. As much as we all love nail art, it’s important to know when to stop. Manicures, a nice nail polish, and even a few stones and sprinkles of glitter are acceptable. Flowers, mirrors and any form of dangling objects qualify as ‘overboard’.
It’s always a good idea to step out and feel the weather before getting ready. Wearing a hooded jacket on a sunny day is a fashion faux pas; just like wearing summer shorts and a tank top when the temperature drops. Not only will you be uncomfortable, but you’ll have people giggle (or sympathise, if they are nicer) at you when you walk past.
Antara Bose is a model turned fashion and beauty consultant. A popular blogger, anchor, and voice over artist, she maintains a deep connection with the local fashion industry and is passionate about discovering and celebrating aspiring talent as well as promoting animal rights. For fashion updates with a side of humour and sarcasm follow Antara on instagram
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