Before I launch into the fashion mistakes, I wonder if any of you are wearing the contact lenses designed for those of us with astigmatisms? There seem to be two or three different brands, and I’m just curious… I gave up on contacts time and time again because I can’t get them in with any success no matter how often I practice. I’m just wondering if the shape of my eye has anything to do with it, and therefore, the lenses designed for my problem might actually work?
I have to tell you how much I love the links y’all send me. Even if I don’t do a whole, separate post because of them, I read/watch/take them in. On the good days – like last Saturday when hair, dress and attitude all collided for a little self-appreciation – you deserve part of the credit. On the bad days, you help me realize that personal growth never stops.
Katie sent me a link that Yahoo Canada featured the other day. Five Fashion Mistakes that Age You… You can watch the video if you like or just read the text version below. My comments are in green, because it’s springy!
A loose-fitting pencil skirt:
The whole point of a pencil skirt is to look polished and slyly sexy. We count it as a wardrobe staple, but not if yours doesn’t fit properly and looks more like a frumpy, boxy table skirt. A quick trip to the tailor can take care of this problem. Make sure the hem sits at (not below) the knee and the skirt fits snugly at the hips. Wear it with a tucked-in shirt to show off your waist.
I think this could be better stated. As Marjie put it … Show your knees. They’re almost always thinner than the thighs, which adds shape and appeal.
Matching shoes and handbag:
Your grandma probably told you about this “rule” because when she was in her stylistic prime that’s how ladies turned it out. Today, we’d put it in the same category as matching your lipstick to your manicure or wearing coffee-colored pantyhose. DON’T DO IT! The modern view is to create fresh pairings that make people think, “Wow, I never thought that would go together, but it looks fantastic!”
Hem. I was being “up to date” when I thought I was just lazy. It’s a pain to transfer bags, and frankly, even with my host of bags, I don’t have enough to match every single pair of shoes I own. Now a question for you… does this hold true for dressed up, carrying a tiny bag/clutch too?
You should be suspicious of anything that’s a set. Twinsets lack imagination and personality and can be put in the same category as “mom jeans” — which means, “I’ve given up on style.” Instead, go with a printed shirt under a cardigan or a striped sweater over a simple, solid tank.
Huh. Okay… I sure am glad I didn’t buy that red cotton twinset earlier. Now I’ll buy a great little 3/4 sleeve cardi and a handful of solid tees and tailored shirts… I guess.
Well, this is just contradictory. The simple fact is, you can always find A chunky heel that’s in style. See that sandal? Someone else can tell Frye they’re frumpy. No, they aren’t low, but they aren’t outdated either. (And no, I haven’t bumped my head… I’m shaking my head over the orange trend this season!)
Oversized, tailored men’s shirt:
Can we get you some Reebok high tops with that? Maybe some leg warmers? Baggy button-downs give the impression that you’re trying to hide your body. Go for a menswear-inspired fabric, if that’s the look you love, but choose a shirt that’s tailored with seams and darts to accentuate the positive.
Um, sometimes some of us NEED to hide our bodies. I still think there’s nothing cuter than a very pregnant woman in the summer sporting her hubby’s dress shirts with capris. I also consider the standard white dress shirt the Knight always packs for vacation my back-up beach cover-up. And I’m sorry… some of us can’t buy a tailored shirt with enough darts to make it work without a peekaboo gap. The photo is of an Ellen Tracy “striped boyfriend tunic” from Macy’s, so here’s another “mistake” I challenge.
What say you about these mistakes? I agree at least in theory with the first three, but I totally disagree with the last two.
Especially low ones. If you’re wearing these for comfort, that’s no excuse because there are many different types of heels in fashion right now, such as kitten heels, wedges, and platforms. You’re sure to find something that provides stability and style.