Sometimes family passes down fashion faux pas beliefs. Other times we learn based on what we hear, assuming the other person is correct. Be it clothing styles, colors, or perceptions of age, there is always something to learn or, in this case, unlearn. Let’s see what fashion truths are not truths.
1. Baggy Clothes Means You’re Insecure
As one person points out, some believe wearing baggy clothes is “to hide your body” because you’re insecure about your appearance. If you just had a baby, as they did, they also assume that. That’s all there is to it. If baggy clothes mean you’re concealing your figure due to insecurity, it implies that everyone wearing form-fitting clothing is confident. Baggy, loose clothing is fashionable.
2. Defining Personal Style
Usually, attire depends on someone’s mood. Another person asserts their style takes into account their mood and the weather. Defining personal style means trying to put a label on something that changes daily.
One moment it’s nothing but jeans, another all dresses. There’s no need to define it; let it be a case of the show rather than tell. Someone else even said their migraines influence their style.
3. Satin Is Not Silk
I admit I’m guilty of this. Satin is not necessarily Silk. One commenter is tired of this confusion. Silk s the fiber, while satin is a weave “where the threads skip over,” allowing for that shiny appearance. Based on several replies, mistaking fiber for fabric or vice versa is a huge “pet peeve.”
4. Black and Brown Don’t Go Together
One person grew up thinking they’d look like a “chocolate bar” if they mixed black and brown in their attire. This opened up a discussion regarding other color combos people claim don’t mesh well, like navy blue and black. The consensus is that nature mixes all kinds of colors beautifully. So combine whatever colors you want.
5. No Horizontal Stripes
Another one on this list I heard growing up is to avoid horizontal stripes. A stylist’s clients demanded they never send horizontal lines for women because they are unflattering.
Someone else pointed out that striped clothing supposedly makes the individual appear wider. Although there have been tests reinforcing and debunking this, the bottom line is if you like it, wear it.
6. Fashion Should Flatter
Asserting that fashion is meant to be flattering opens up a simple question. To who? One person points out this usually means enticing “the male gaze.” So clothing emphasizes the parts of a woman’s body men enjoy while de-emphasizing flaws.
Culturally as well, what looks good changes depending on the location. Cast away the preoccupation with wearing clothes to appear taller or thinner.
7. Dress for Your Age
“Older being 30.” Someone points out the assumption that when “you’re old,” your clothing must reflect your age, and it’s sadly true. As a kid, old to me meant thirty. Someone else gets irritated whenever they see a comment that specific clothing—like crop tops—is for young people only. Many people past thirty commented, and the consensus is sometimes your style remains the same. Age-specific does not exist. We classify them, not the clothing.
8. Hats Don’t Look Good
Many people say they’d love to wear hats, but they don’t look good on them. A person replied that if you like the hat, just wear it. Do not pine for a hat all your life. There are a lot of hats and more styles than there used to be, so shop around and get one you love.
9. Decade Style Means Decade Longing
Not everyone can separate a love of fashion from a particular era with the societal nonsense of the time. One poster loves wearing “long skirts and coiffed hair” from the 50s, so people assume they believe in the gender roles of the time. All fashion gets a return eventually, and liking a poodle skirt doesn’t mean you want to get married, have 2.5 kids, and move to suburbia.
10. Petite Does Not Mean Thin
Clothing sizes are making headway, but there’s an assumption that petite means a person is thin instead of short. Several posters railed about the challenge of finding clothing in their size. Just like the “tall” size deals with height, so does petite. As one user said, they need “space for their thighs and tummies.”
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