By BIANCA PIZEM
Let’s be honest, we’ve all committed crimes in the name of fashion. Bianca Pizem, Head Stylist at brandsExclusive, lists the most common faux-pax Australian women make – and we’re guilty of most of them. Especially #4.
1. Wearing shoes you can’t walk in
They are called killer heels for a good reason, because they can kill off your style. You might have paid hundreds of dollars for a pair of designer heels, but if you’re stumbling around in them like Bambi on ice, people will be turning around for all of the wrong reasons. Make sure the shoe really fits before buying it – don’t tell yourself the leather will stretch if the last pair is half a size too small, and if 10cm heels feel too high for you in the shop, they will feel too high after a couple of vodkas.
2. Not knowing your body shape
Are you a pear, hourglass, apple, rectangle or inverted triangle? If you don’t know by now, take five minutes to figure out your body type and how to dress to flatter it. For instance, if you’re an apple (heavy in the middle), you should accentuate your bust and show off your legs, whereas pear shapes (fuller hips and booty) should go for A-line dresses and always wear something darker on the bottom part of your body.
3. Being stuck in the past
That boob tube might have looked amazing on you when you were in your 20s, but wearing it a decade or two later is just not the vintage touch that makes you look your best. Some women get stuck in a specific period of their lives when it comes to style, despite their bodies, lifestyles and fashion having changed massively since. If you are stuck, try to let go of the past and opt for clothes that look good on you right now and feel confident in the skin you are in, acknowledging that times have changed. Good clothing labels design for a specific market, so know which labels you like and that fit you (and your age), and follow their trends for inspiration – and have fun with it!