Fashion Assassin: A Hit List of Style and Beauty Pet Peeves
I hate to start off my first column so negative, but we can’t focus on all the fashion dos out there if we neglect to cover the most basic of the don’ts first. These seemingly simple wardrobe and cosmetic staples will keep you looking your best and prevent any wardrobe malfunctions waiting to happen.
Pet Peeve #1: See-Through Garments and Panty Lines
Bra-bearing trends aside, unless your conscious intention was to wear a see-through garment, your clothing should never reveal what lies underneath. Invest in nude convertible bras and thongs. Choose thongs that are not too tight and have a lacy or seamless band that lie flat to eliminate panty lines.
Special note for wearing leggings: always do the bright light test. Stand with your back to a mirror under a bright light. Bend forward at the waist. If you can see even the slightest outline of your underwear, you need new, more substantial leggings or a different size.
Pet Peeve #2: Ill-Fitting
Another should-be-simple concept: wear clothes that fit you well. Ignore the size on the sticker and choose the clothes that fit your body best. Because there is no uniform sizing from store to store, you might be a 2 in your favorite store, but a 6 somewhere else. Do not be discouraged.
Tip: For a good indicator of how the clothes in a certain store will fit you, check out the models it uses in its ad campaigns. For example, American Eagle features realistic-looking models and its clothing runs true-to-size. On the other hand, American Apparel showcases stick-figure models and its clothing runs very small.
Pet Peeve #3: Makeup Matching
It doesn’t matter how tan you think you got this summer, you still need to wear makeup to match your skin tone. And there is no excuse for disobeying this rule. Make a trip to your favorite makeup counter and have a consultation done. You will be thankful when your head doesn’t look like it’s photoshopped onto someone else’s body.
Pet Peeve #4: Too Trendy
While trends are fun and provide us with new ways to add excitement to our wardrobe, it is easy for them to be taken over the top. Stay true to your own style and add small trendy splashes in here and there when appropriate. Multiple trends worn at once can be overwhelming.
Pet Peeve #5: Trying Too Hard
This is my biggest pet peeve. As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Work regularly to maintain and cultivate your personal style which will always stay with you. When possible, play with trends and make them your own. If you try too hard to emulate someone else, it will show and your effort will be wasted. Dress for yourself first. Let others follow you.
Now go out there and kill it.
Column by Katie Smith, Contributing Style & Beauty Editor.