9 Fashion Problems When You Have Great Taste

I want to caveat this piece right from the start: I am not claiming to have, have had or predict that I'm going to have great taste. Goodness knows what an über-chic minimalist would think of my wardrobe full of loud prints, '70s throwbacks and endless amounts of shoes I don't, won't or can't wear. So this concept of the fashion problems that arise when you're just so achingly effortless aren't coming from a personal experience but rather than my time as an observer.

I watch, work with and analyse plenty of people who are ridiculously, irritatingly well put-together 24/7, and sometimes that degree of cool, I've noticed, comes with its amusing downsides. You may even be one of those fortunate types that barely puts a moment's thought into an outfit and yet looks 100 times better than everyone else in the surrounding vicinity (jealous), but that may also mean you entirely understand the below statements.

So here's what I imagine are the major fashion problems when you have impeccable taste. Keep reading to see how many you tick off the list.

1. You overuse the word "chic."

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Chiara Obscura

Guilty as charged.

#2. Your bank account is probably in the red.

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Sandra Semburg

It's because you value quality, craftsmanship and making sound investments on items that you'll wear until you get to the seventh point below.

#3. Others are prone to shamelessly style-jacking you.

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Chiara Obscura

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it kind of ruins what you've just bought…

#4. You're super fussy about who you shop with.

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Sandra Semburg

Let's face it: Other people just get in the way. No matter how stylish they may be or how good their company makes you feel, some things are best processed alone. Feel free to go faux-shopping with friends when you don't actually want to buy anything, in order to keep them happy.

#5. But you're not super fussy about where you shop, much to everyone else's chagrin.

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Chiara Obscura

If you're really as much of a tastemaker as you think you are, you could shop at the local supermarket and still come out looking like a dream. However, such fashion confidence can be irksome to others, so best to keep schtum and hold in the bragging.

#6. You never fail to look back and dislike your old outfits.

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Style du Monde

Perfectionism is a curse for those with great taste—right?

#7. You mourn the magical fashion pieces that are dying of old age in your wardrobe.

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Style du Monde

Tears over that perfect cashmere sweater that is now moth-ravaged. Hours spent searching for an insanely flattering blazer that you know deep down was left on an airplane. Sending those brilliant Prada shoes to the cobblers for the ninth time… These are all the signs of someone who knows what they love (and will literally love said items to death).

#8. Being labelled with a certain style is basically offensive.

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Style du Monde

Me? Minimal? Maximal? Eclectic? Basic? Boho? Ugh, none of the above. To be a true owner of great taste one does not adhere to, nor accept, labels.

#9. You don't understand why everyone else wears the same (boring) outfit.

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Sandra Semburg

Ah, it's so easy being chic—the concept of not looking great just doesn't compute. How can everyone else on the streets of your hometown or current city be so uninspired? Why does everyone default the same black coat come wintertime? All valid questions and all easily remedied with our A/W 17 trend report, actually.

Next up, the micro-trends that will put you ahead of the pack this season.