Top 5 Style Mistakes

We all make mistakes from time to time. One day I took a client out for a personal shopping trip and realized afterwards that my shirt was on inside out the whole time! I don’t tend to sweat the small stuff, but this was pretty mortifying considering what I do for a living...

The following are the most common style mistakes that I see in my work. Are you guilty of any of these?

1. The wrong jeans for your body type.

Don’t settle when it comes to this closet staple. Finding jeans that fit can be a challenge, but it's worth trying on as many pairs as it takes to find the shape that looks best on your body. Do you want to downplay your bum? Go with a dark wash, plain pocket with no embellishments. On the other hand, you can add a bit of oomph to a flat bottom with flap pockets. Ladies with fullness in the hip and thighs benefit from a wide leg jean that will keep things balanced.

Stylist tip: When in doubt, go with a (universally flattering!) dark wash boot cut jean.

2. Too many logos.

To avoid looking like a walking advertisement, wear no more than one article of clothing (including handbags and shoes) with large logos. Overdoing it with logos is not an original look or a reflection of your own sense of style!

3. Too trendy.

Its fun to incorporate trends into your wardrobe, but don’t go too far with it. Dressing too trendy this season will make you look dated next season. It’s basically a full-time job to stay on top of the trends, so unless you have a lot of time and money, this is not the way to go! Consider spending about 75% of your clothing budget on classic staples with about 25% of your budget on trends.

Stylist tip: Not everything looks good on everyone. Instead of blindly following the trends, make sure it works for you before buying.

4. The wrong underpinnings.

Undergarments are truly the foundation of your outfit. A great convertible bra in a nude color (matching your skin tone as closely as possible) will work under t-shirts and one-shoulder dresses alike. Shape wear like Spanx can actually make your clothes look more expensive because of the way they help clothing drape on your body.

Stylist tip: Nude bras and undies (not white!) are best for under white clothing.

5. Too many inexpensive clothes.

I love H&M and Forever 21 as much as the next woman, but those inexpensive fabrics don’t last and can also look cheap. The biggest fashion icons of today aren’t afraid to shop at Target, but they would never wear it head to toe. My advice: balance your trendy and inexpensive pieces with higher quality, timeless pieces. Mix high and low end pieces to achieve the most stylish look.

Stylist tip: When buying inexpensive clothing, choose neutral colors – they will always look more expensive

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