8 Fashion lies
It’s time to update these ancient fashion rules. From wearing black, stripes and leopard print, times have changed and so has how to wear them. Time to discuss the fashion lies you’ve been told and how to take a new approach.
- Fashion Lie # 1: Only black makes you look slim
Black actually does hide a few pounds. But: black is not for every woman. It often looks too dark, too hard, too heavy and can make you pale.
Better: soft nude and pastel shades like, mint, pink, light blue or vanilla. This flatters the female figure much better, because it helps you appear delicate and feminine. In addition, we look fresher. It is especially great when different pastel shades are combined.
- Fashion Lie No. 2: Leopard prints look cheap
Whoever believes this one has slept thru the last fashion seasons. Leopard print clothing and accessories are definitely a classy choice, not just for a cocktail party. Just don't go all leopard; one leopard item per outfit is enough. Try combining a casual t-shirt with a leopard item - this helps make your leopard piece look less dramatic.
Tip: Patterns always draw attention, so just think about which body part you would like to emphasize.
- Fashion Lie No. 3: Horizontal stripes make you look fat
Never listen to anyone, who claims that horizontal stripes make you look fat.
The trick: The stripes shouldn't be too thick. Stripes that are between two and four centimeters wide are most appealing to the eye. For those not brave enough to wear head to toe stripes, should opt for a striped top or bottom. The safest choice is the classic navy striped top and any woman can pull it off.
- Fashion Lie No. 4: Never combine blue and black
What was once regarded as a huge fashion faux has become a classic favourite. The best ensemble for a mysterious, glamorous appearance is rich black meets navy or midnight blue or even a fresh turquoise.
Best material mix: lacquer, leather, velvet with satin or (brave!) lace.
- Fashion Lie No. 5: Oversized pieces are only for the slim
The trick to keep your proportions balanced, even with a few extra kilos, is to use a maximum of one oversized piece. This means that with a wide trouser or wide skirt (ideally high-waisted), the top should remain body hugging and end over the hips. Likewise, combine a tight skirt or shorts with a boyfriend blazer or coat.
Important: The XXL look does not mean that you grab XXL in the store. Oversize items are made to fit your size, otherwise you'll drown in your blazer and look bulkier and fuller than you actually are.
- Fashion Lie No. 6: Never wear sneakers in the office
Incorrect! The comfortable sneaker has come a long way from the gym to street wear. And white sneakers are now omnipresent - even in the office. A recent study by Harvard University has even revealed that sneakers make us feel sovereign in the workplace.
Attention: make sure your sneakers don’t become a hot office disaster by combining them with chicer items. It goes without saying that your sneakers should be clean and don’t look worn out.
- Fashion Lie No. 7: Only slim women can wear tight clothes
Curvy ladies like Ashley Graham prove that this fashion rule is just wrong. When the super-plus-size super model appears in her ultra-tight tube dresses, men the world over freak out. Her femininity is emphasised instead of hidden. In addition, curvy women often look larger in too loose clothing. Still suspicious? Try combining a hip-length blouse worn open or wide-cut blazer or fashionably-in vest over your tight item.
Important: Extra pounds can be erased with shapewear. And high heels can stretch your silhouette even more.
- Fashion lie #8: Pink is just for little girls
No! Barbie has grown up and become emancipated. Any woman can wear pink and it helps create a soft appearance and fresh complexion.
This is how it works: The pretty color appears extremely grown-up when is used on coarse materials such as knitwear, thick wool and leather. It instantly loses its little girl image with casual oversized or masculine pieces. A cool partner for pink is black.