There are plenty of so-called fashion mistakes we’re all familiar with and know to avoid, like wearing a brown belt with black shoes, wearing socks under your sandals, and so forth. But there also exist a number of anything-but-obvious errors—much subtler ways to disrupt an otherwise stellar outfit.
As women of style, it’s extremely important to be on the lookout for these under-the-radar mistakes, so you can nip them in the bud before they get out of hand. Below, find some common, easily overlooked mistakes we’ve all made and should try to avoid in the future—for the sake of fashion everywhere.
Keep scrolling for seven subtle fashion mistakes you’re probably making, and to find out how to fix them!
As we’ve seen, skin is definitely still in, but there is absolutely a limit to how much you can stylishly bare. Even an inch or two too much, and your look can easily go from alluring to trashy.
True: Slouchy boyfriend jeans and track pants are still very du jour, but there’s nothing worse than wearing a pair of loose pants that are actually meant to fit snugly. It makes you look fairly disheveled overall, and like you really have no idea how to put an outfit together.
Rachel Zoe Cigarette Pants with Suspenders ($250)
If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a million times: Coco Chanel was right when she said you should always remove one accessory before you leave the house. And this is especially true when you’re too decked out in diamonds, crystals, and other sparkly things. A little bit of bling goes a long way.
Loren Stewart Gold Single Cupid Arrow Earring ($165)
Skyler Man Shark Tooth Rose Gold Bracelet ($541)
Wearing heels can be a very tricky ground to navigate—literally and figuratively. Too high, and you look cheap—too low, and you look clueless. For optimal style, reach for a pair that hits the in-between sweet spot.
Loeffler Randall Reina Haircalf Mid Heel Sandals ($325)
Manolo Blahnik BB Calf Hair Mid-Heel Pump ($935)
Narciso Rodriguez Python Mid-Heel Sandal ($339)
Yes, oversized sweaters, blouses, and dresses are very in right now—but there’s a right and wrong way to pull off this trend. If you wear something that’s too oversized, you’ll end up totally losing your shape and looking sloppy.
3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Long Grid Bomber Coat ($995)
Rag & Bone Charlize Oversize Knit Cardigan ($425)
Many of us have a bad tendency to view our bags as true extensions of our closets—a perfect place to store any and everything we might need while we’re out. This usually just ends up making you look weighed down and cluttered.
Finally, the overarching mistake many women make is simply not paying attention to the details when you’re getting dressed—falsely making the assumption that no one will notice, and they don’t matter. As they say, the devil is in the details, so keep a close eye on everything you put on before you head out.