It’s the little things that make all the difference. No matter your body type or taste, it is possible to look and feel good without having to change your entire style.
Simply begin by avoiding these little wardrobe assassins.
1. Leaving Bits of Lint and Animal Fur on Your Clothes
People notice details, and a single piece of lint can stand out, especially if it doesn’t match your clothing.
Lint rollers are amazing, but if you don’t have one handy, some tape will do just fine.
If you’ve got animals, you should have several lint rollers and put them where you can find them easily. Keep one in your car, one in your handbag, and one in the bathroom.
2. See-through Fabrics
To be clear: thin, gauzy skirts can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Do yourself a favor, though, and make sure that they don’t go totally transparent when you end up backlit.
Some fabrics will do their best to trick you. They look totally opaque in the dim light of morning. By the time you’re headed out for lunch, the light shines right through them, treating all to a glimpse of what’s underneath.
3. Not Breaking out the Iron
We get it. You’re busy. But your wardrobe, and possibly even your image, won’t be taken seriously if you look like you just grabbed your shirt from the bottom of the hamper.
The water and dryer temperature you use could have a huge effect on the condition of your clothing. Also, hang your clothes up immediately after they are dry.
If you’re against ironing, you can use the dryer to your advantage in the fight against wrinkles. Wrap the garment around an ice cube, then throw them in the dryer. The ice dissolves and turns into steam, thereby creating the perfect anti-wrinkle environment.
4. Too Many Accessories
Accessories are essential to your look. A single necklace can make a great statement piece, for instance, or a scarf can pull your entire outfit together. The ideal accessory will be eye catching and (this is important) appropriate for the occasion.
Don’t worry about being too plain; that’s a much better option than going overboard and risking looking tacky.
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5. Worn-out Clothing
Looking to make a bad impression? An easy way to do this is by wearing a shirt that was white in a former life. It’s inevitable that the whitest of whites start to discolor, and once they do, it’s time to either put them in the discard pile.
Prevent your whites and colors from becoming former versions of themselves by making separate loads for whites, colors, and dark fabrics. Mixing them can cause them to become dingy and gray.
6. Wearing Athletic Shoes in Non-athletic Situations
Sure, your tennis shoes are comfortable, but unless you’re on a tennis court, they look out of place.
Athletic shoes stick out like a sore thumb and can make you look like a teenager (and not in a good way). *Unless you are wearing fashion sneakers for an intentional urban casual look.
7. Wearing Clothes That Don’t Fit Correctly.
Nothing can kill your style quite as quickly as an oversized shirt or a too-tight dress. Even if the clothes feel comfortable, if they don’t fit, don’t wear them.
Do remember that different clothing manufacturers size their garments quite differently. If you’re a size 2 at one store, you might be a size 6 somewhere else, so trust the fit, not the tag. Always take the time to try on clothes before committing to wearing it out.
8. Not Taking Care of Your Nails
A manicure can turn from cute to cringe-worthy in a matter of minutes and all it takes is a single chip in the polish.
Although keeping a perfect manicure for more than a week or two is just about impossible, you can increase its lifespan by opting for a gel polish.
9. Carrying a Massive Bag
Sure, it’s great to have a bag that can carry your laptop, makeup kit, car keys, and body cream while still leaving enough room for a full-grown chihuahua, but a big bag can easily throw off the rest of your outfit. After all, a bag is an accessory.
Opt for a smaller bag for important events. And make sure that your bag’s in good condition. As with other elements of your look, you’ll need to call in a ringer when your bag falls into disrepair.
10. Clothes that are pilling.
It happens to the best of ‘em. A few times into wearing, you notice that certain spots on your garment are a little rougher than others.
The next thing you know, a bunch of tiny little balls join the party and take up space on those rough patches, which are most likely in the armpit or thigh areas. These clothing-crashers are called pills and are formed when fabric rubs together.
Blended fabrics are usually the most susceptible to becoming pilling victims, says Good Housekeeping magazine. Fiber blends that contain three or more fabrics have a higher incidence of pilling, especially those that contain both natural and synthetic fibers.
To prevent damage, turn your garment inside out before washing. Doing so prevents the fabric from rubbing against other clothes in the wash, stopping the pills before they wreak havoc.
The gold standard for pill-prone garments is hand-washing. Placing your washer on the gentle or delicate setting is second best.
Air-drying your clothing can also help to keep it safe. Once everything is washed and dried, store or hang your garments inside out.
11. Not getting your Favorite Pair of Shoes Repaired.
We get it; you love your shoes, even if the soles are fading away and the leather is scuffed. The good news is that a talented cobbler can perform those much-needed repairs, restoring your favorite kicks to their former glory.
The bad news is that the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay—and the worse you’ll look. If you’re going to keep that old pair of shoes, take care of them.
12. Going really retro (without any sort of modern update).
Modern accessories can provide a great, easy update. Your shoes and bottoms can also be modernized to complement a vintage top. Just take it easy on the nostalgic items, and you’ll be fine; otherwise, you’ll look like you didn’t spend enough time thinking this through.
13. Leggings as Pants.
This fashion faux pas has taken the nation by storm. We blame the rise of the yoga pant.
Leggings can be a key ingredient in a super-cute outfit, but don’t mistake them for fully-formed bottoms in themselves. Throw on a short skirt or wear a dress if your shirt is belly-grazing; the key is to keep your backside from hitting people in the face. That’s just sloppy.
👉 Make sure people remember you, not how poorly dressed you looked.