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Do You Make These Common Mistakes When Dressing Up?

Fashion is an art that should be taken seriously yet oftentimes, we make mistakes when dressing up.

These mistakes aren’t always deliberate (that’s why they are mistakes). They are mostly done out of ignorance.

And that’s allowed.

Every day we live busy lives that we seldom pay attention to our looks.

But have you been making any of the common mistakes when dressing up?

There’s only one way to know.

And that is to read on.

Mistakes to Avoid When Dressing up

1. Chasing Trends Blindly

lady wearing puff sleeves top with jeans

It’s good to dress according to what’s en vogue. But does it suit your style?

Always remember that the goal isn’t to look trendy but to be stylish and comfortable in all you wear. As such, you should ditch chasing trends and instead buy timeless pieces.

If you’ve been making this mistake when dressing up, you don’t need a soothsayer to tell you to stop.

You don’t have to jump on every trend that graces the fashion scene. Only wear what suits you.

And to do that, you have to find your personal style and dress for it.

2. Not Dressing for the Occasion

man wearing suit and tie on shorts

You have a wedding to attend and you’re turning up in activewear?

Or you have an interview in an environment that requires formal office wear and your outfit is business casual?

That’s unthinkable.

It is very important that you dress for the occasion.


It’ll help you gain respect and make a good first impression.

That’s why there are different types of outfits for different occasions.

It’s left for you to figure out the purpose of the gathering and tailor your outfit to suit it.

3. Shopping Without Consideration

lady on a shopping spree

You should always see your clothes and accessories as an investment that gives you returns.

When you do so,  you’ll become more deliberate about your wardrobe.

And you’ll buy only timeless pieces that will always serve you. 

So, rather than buy that hat only because it looks good, ask yourself if it’ll serve you.

This way, you won’t just be shopping; you’ll be making an investment too.

4. Sacrificing Comfort Over Style and Vice Versa

Both comfort and style are important details you should pay attention to when dressing up. None should be sacrificed for the other.

So instead of wearing that pair of shoes when you aren’t comfortable in them or dumping them because you aren’t comfortable, how about you find a common ground?

You can do that by reading up our style guide on comfort and style. We’ve outlined the necessary hacks for you.

5. Matching Colours Wrongly

children wearing color riot

Colours are a fun way to enliven your mood. But when you don’t know how to match colours in your outfit, you become an eyesore.

To avoid making this mistake if you haven’t already, learn how to mix and match colours in your outfits.

There are different steps to go about that and we’ve addressed them in our guide.

You don’t even have to do much. You can simply wear neutral clothes and pair it with bright-coloured accessories as stated in our guide on how to wear more colours.

6. Wearing the Wrong Underwear

Your underwear can make or mar your outfit. They also contribute to how comfortable you’ll be in what you wear.

If you wear the wrong bra size, for instance, it will be obvious in your clothes and cause an unsightly distraction. 

And you don’t want your underwear to be the focus of attention, do you? See our style guide on how to measure your bra size.

7. Letting Your Panty Lines Show

panty lines showing in tight pants and not showing in gown

Similarly, never let your panty lines show.

Panty lines aren’t only an eyesore; they also ruin your outfit.

To hide them, avoid wearing transparent, tight clothing. Or better still, read our style guide on how to banish visible panty lines in tight dresses.

8. Not Dressing for Your Figure

As iconic designer Hubert de Givenchy puts it,

“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”

Hubert de Givenchy

What you wear should always flatter your silhouette. The dress was made for your body and not the other way round.

So, if you’ve been doing otherwise, it’s time to own your wardrobe by wearing only what suits your body type.

9. Not Wearing Clothes that Fit

wearing wrong size clothes

Your clothes should neither be too tight nor too loose on you. They should fit.

And to ensure that, when you shop, endeavour to take them to a tailor for the necessary adjustments.

This way, you won’t make any of these mistakes when dressing up.

10. Folding Your Sleeves Roughly

man rolling his sleeves roughly

It’s okay to get tired of that long-sleeved shirt while at work. But when you fold the sleeves, take your time to do it.

Roughly folded sleeves don’t speak well of you.

Know this and know style.

There you go with the common mistakes when dressing up.

Which of them have you been making?

Let us know by dropping a comment below.

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Victoria B. Willie

Writing has always been a part of me. From writing stories as a young child to studying Communication Arts in the university, it has always been more than a medium of expression to me.

And then one day, I found myself toeing the path of an entrepreneur and becoming a fashion enthusiast. This made me develop an interest in content marketing and copywriting which I've been chasing alongside my fashion career.

That aside, when I'm not sharing style articles, selling with stories, or creating fashion-forward pieces for Ria Kosher, you'll find me telling wild stories that always come with a twist.

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