June 1, 2008

Fashion pet peeves

These “pet peeves” are also fashion “don’ts”, that people DO!  If you are somewhere in this list, I’m sorry, I’m sure you’re a lovely person, its just a sign that you should give me a call.  I want you to look, and be fabulous!

1. Short pants.

        Not every pair of pants can be worn with every pair of shoes, especially if you are one of those magical women that can wear high heels -which will lead me to my next peeve. Anyways, when you buy pants, bring the shoes/heel hight you will usually wear with them.  If i buy a pair of jeans and usually wear flats with them then I can’t wear anything over a kitten heel (which is a tiny heel of about 3/4 inch.  If you wear these “high waters” then you will look shorter and not very put together.  So for the love of Pete, have pants for flats and pants for heals, too long or too short will be sloppy, DON’T ROLL THEM UP to “hem” them, most large stores will do free hems for you, if they don’t its time to find a good tailor, you’ll thank me later.

2.  Can’t walk? 

        If you CAN’T WALK IN HIGH HEELS, THEN DON’T WEAR THEM.  I love high heels but most of the time I have to practice at home before wearing them in public.  A good 2 1/2 inch heel is a good practical height for most women, don’t give up and just wear your tennis shoes.  Remember: heel, toe, and point your toes forward, don’t look like a duck.  My mother drove me insane saying that, and it felt unnatural for a while but now I walk properly and my steps look like a million bucks.

3.  A little too much thigh...

        With leggings running ramped, remember they are not pants.  Thick ones let you wear shorter skirts but I can still see your legs, and unfortunately, sometimes your underwear.  Buy one size larger than you think you need so you don’t have to worry the opacity failing you.  Also be aware of your size, be honest, not a lot of people can wear this look well, are you one of them?  Remember, and this goes for all trends, if you can’t wear the trend very well (trends are often the hardest to pull off) then don’t, you will end up looking like a cookie cutter fool, rather than the fashion trendster you want to.  Tough love.

4.  Bras, and wearing them!

        First, wear a bra.  Probably 1 out of 100 women look good without one, and that is a generous estimate.  If you are not sure if you are the 1 in 100 then just wear a bra.  Consider these points: A or AA,  perky, young, athletic, and not weird (you know what I mean).  you should fit in all of these categories, or wear a bra.  And make sure to be fitted properly, no super padded push-ups, and no hot pink and gold mega bra stores *wink*wink* the fits are weird and not practical.  By all means, get a fun color, instead of nude, get light pink, yellow, or baby blue!  Be prepared to spend at least $50 get a sales girl in the fitting room to educate you on the right fit, and use your words, say what you like, and don’t like.  I’ve been on the other end of these fittings many times, the women who help you care and want you to come back to them for another great fit.  If you wear a bra everyday then toss it after 6 months at the longest.  Try three bras at least, one light, one dark, and one a little more fun.

Straps or bra showing.  It looks slutty PEROID. I don’t care if you’re 13 or Carrie Bradshaw.  solutions to your dilemma could be wearing a little jacket or something, wearing an actual tank with  wide straps, nothing see through, and if you can see your bra after your shirt is on, anywhere, then try double tanking it or some other layering technique.  Have you heard of lingerie straps?  Some pieces have them already sewn in.  They are tiny little straps with a snap on one end at the top of a tank style top.  You snap your bra strap in to place so it can’t slip off your shoulder.

So remember, when in doubt, wear a bra.  If you’re still not sure ask the lovely sales woman who helps you in your next lingerie purchase.

More to come.  I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.  Please if you have any question on anything I’ve said please e-mail me (I don’t charge per e-mail : )

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