Top fashion faux pas

by SheKnows
Mar 22, 2011 at 2:25 a.m. ET
Bra straps peeking out from tank tops or dresses are a big-time fashion blunder, even if they’re clear. To prevent this fashion faux pas from impacting you, invest in a racerback bra and a strapless bra to subtly support your girls.

1 /9: Wrong Color Underwear

1/9 :Wrong Color Underwear

A black bra under a white tank? Hello, fashion blunder! Here are some important reminders when it comes to picking appropriate undergarments: White underwear paired with white pants or shorts will actually show through the clothing. Instead, opt for seamless underwear that matches your own skin color as closely as possible.

2 /9: Sandals with socks

2/9 :Sandals with socks

Your dad does it, the mailman does it, and the weird neighbor guy does it, too. What is it with men wearing sandals with socks?! Believe it or not, women are offenders, too! Here’s actress Chloe Sevigny donning socks with sandals at a music festival. It may be comfy, but it’s an eye-sore we could definitely do without.

3 /9: Too-Short Pants

3/9 :Too-Short Pants

Whatever you do, be sure to review your outfit in a floor-length mirror before heading out for the day. That way, you’ll catch a fashion faux pas like wearing too-short pants. Buy jeans that are long enough for even your highest heel.

4 /9: Corporate Wear with Sneakers

4/9 :Corporate Wear with Sneakers

We get it. You need to break the rules every now and then and step into your sneakers on the way to or from work. But don’t make a habit of it! There’s something about bright white sneakers paired with wool trousers that makes our toes curl. Keep your sneakers on hand for workouts and play, and stick to heels and loafers for business.

5 /9: Visible Panty Line (VPL)

5/9 :Visible Panty Line (VPL)

I spy a VPL! For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a VPL is a visible panty line. And for many fashionistas, a VPL scores at the top of the worst fashion blunders. To avoid this fashion calamity, opt for seamless nude underwear or thongs.

6 /9: Too-Tight Clothing

6/9 :Too-Tight Clothing

Nobody likes to admit they’re outgrown their favorite pair of jeans from college. But, alas, it’s time to face the music and donate clothes that haven’t fit you in the past year. Stop trying to squeeze yourself into sentimental favorites and hit the mall for appropriately-sized threads.

7 /9: Exposed Thong Underwear

7/9 :Exposed Thong Underwear

Does “The Thong Song” play behind you everywhere you go? Then it’s time to fix your thong dilemma. Nix the low-rise denim and select mid-rise or high-rise pants to help your undies stay private. Add a belt for extra security, and choose longer shirts or camis to cover your mid-section.

8 /9: Shorts with Stockings

8/9 :Shorts with Stockings

Stockings are super-cute when paired with a dress, but we can’t say the same for shorts. We love Nicole Richie’s style, but this look has got to go!

9 /9: Muffin Top

9/9 :Muffin Top

Ready for the ultimate fashion faux pas? We introduce…the muffin top! Avoid this fashion no-no by finding a mid-rise pair of jeans that properly fit your body. Pair them with a longer tee, and layer with a cardigan to hide -- not highlight -- any problem areas.