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7 Ways to Avoid Fashion Mistakes

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Last updated: Sep 21, 2020 • 2 min read

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Tan France Teaches Style for Everyone

Though fashion trends come and go, there are style mistakes you’ll always want to avoid.

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Queer Eye cohost Tan France breaks down the principles of great style, from building a capsule wardrobe to looking pulled together every day.

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How to Avoid Fashion Mistakes

Want to avoid a fashion faux pas? We live in an age without too many fashion rules, so choosing your outfits with intention and wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable are the keys to avoiding style mistakes.

  1. Wear what you like. Personal style is an experiment; you never know what looks amazing on you until you're in the dressing room. The categories "menswear" and "womenswear" shouldn't dictate how you shop. Take time to play with colors and shapes to find what looks great on your unique body.
  2. Find the right fit. Wearing clothes that fit properly is especially important with classic items like denim and blazers. Try before you buy, and hire a tailor for small adjustments to hemlines and sleeves (or learn to make adjustments yourself). Tailored clothing not only looks polished, but it also feels more comfortable. Once you have a capsule wardrobe that fits you perfectly, you can start to play with over- and under-sized items in a way that feels fashionable, not sloppy.
  3. Balance your proportions. Balancing proportions is about styling your outfits to create an overall aesthetic harmony. The way to achieve this is by wearing clothes that are fitted to your body shape. When you want to play with oversize clothes or unusual shapes, make it a fashion moment by keeping the rest of the look fitted. For example, try pairing a tight crop top with baggy pants, or an oversize sweater with a pencil skirt.
  4. Embrace color. If you're nervous about adding color to your look, start by accessorizing with color, and keep the rest of your look neutral. As you get more comfortable with colors, you'll learn which color combinations work best for your style. Take a look at a color wheel for inspiration.
  5. Play with pattern and texture. The days of matching your handbag to your shoes are over. Clashing textures and prints make a bold fashion statement. Start small with neutral patterns like horizontal stripes or polka dots and low-key textures like suede and knits, adding in the sequins and paisleys in small amounts (like on a scarf, tie, or clutch) until you learn what works for you.
  6. Dress appropriately for the setting. You can definitely incorporate your personal style into your outfits for the office and for special occasions, but flat-out ignoring a dress code is a fashion faux pas and shows disrespect for the setting. Whether it's a red carpet, your friend's wedding, or a job interview, make sure you know the expectations and dress accordingly. It's your job to read the room.
  7. Look for timeless pieces. If you shop for things just because they're trendy, you'll end up with a closet full of fast-fashion clothes you never wear. When your wardrobe consists of timeless pieces that you love, you’ll avoid the worst fashion trends. Styling perfect outfits will become second nature.

Want to Learn More About Unleashing Your Inner Fashionista?

Get a MasterClass All-Access Pass and let Tan France be your very own style spirit guide. Queer Eye’s fashion guru spills everything he knows about building a capsule collection, finding a signature look, understanding proportions, and more (including why it’s important to wear underwear to bed)—all in a soothing British accent, no less.

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