The 5 most basic fashion don'ts
Fashion trends and fads come and go (stirrup leggings circa 1985, anyone?), but there's just some things that never go out of style. With these classic style tips, you'll feel and look your best dressed ever. And better yet, you'll spare yourself any more of those all-too-common "What was I thinking?!" moments.
1. Don't be afraid to wear color
If worn properly, bright colors as well as neutral hues can be just as flattering as that black cocktail dress of yours! Blondes and fair-skinned gals look great in bright blues and greens, while purples and pinks flatter brunettes and darker skin tones.
2. Don't forget the undergarments
Underwear is something many women not pay much attention to, but the right undergarments can flatter your curves and highlight your favorite body parts -- if worn properly.
First, always make sure you're wearing the right size bra, so there's no unnecessary back bulge (Victoria's Secretdoes bra sizing for free!) -- not to mention discomfort. Also be sure to make sure the bra won't show through your top.
Next, pick up some of your favorite panties -- ones that are super-comfortable, so you're not fighting wedgies, adventurous thong strings or any other underwear hassles. If you love the seamless look but don't want to wear a g-strong/thong to get it, most major lingerie retailers offer some seamless knickers that will help you avoid visible panty lines. (Find out lots more about picking out the perfect panties in this article.)
Finally, don't think girdles are just for senior citizens! Hey -- there's a doog reason celebs swear by Spanx bodyshapers for their red-carpet appearances! In addition to Spanx, Dr Rey, plastic surgeon from E!'s show Dr 90210, just came out with a new line of shapewear that does wonders -- including pieces that instantly flatten and shape torsos and enhance cleavage.
3. Don't be afraid to accessorize
You've heard the saying that accessories make the outfit. Well, they really do!
While simple stud earrings can draw attention to your face, and a small, understated pendant makes a subtle fashion statement, don't be afraid to go bold as well. Chunky accessories like beaded necklaces add a stylish twist to any outfit, and any piece of standout jewelry draws eyes towards your face and away from the trouble spots you'd like to hide.
4. Don't wear clothes that won't flatter your body type
Too many of us succumb to the pressures of fashion and insist on trying every new trend that we see on the runways. End this vicious cycle and dress for your real body, not the one you wish you had. Flaunt your best assets. Busty girls should opt for cleavage-enhancing tops, and petite gals look great in dresses with cinched waists. Have great legs? Show 'em off!
One other important tip: Don't try to hide behind baggy clothes you think will mask your flaws — it doesn't work, as muu-muus and shapeless tunics only make you look bigger!
5. Don't let your shoes ruin the outfit
What you put on your feet can really make or break your look. Skinny heels, basic pumps and even wedges elongate and flatter every body type, whereas chunky heels make girls look stout.
And while solid colors and plain fabrics are great staple pieces, don't be afraid to take a chance and try something different. Multi-colored shoes and vibrant prints (think plaid or leopard print) really bring the whole look together.