Fashion Styling (what (not) to do)

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Some time ago, I heard from the news while watching television that my country has a terrible fashion taste in general (the averagr person). One of the worst known in today's society. I'm not surprised since I see many people walk around like they wear potatoe bags.

This thread is about giving one another Styling tips so we all may walk around fashionable in our own styles and not potatoe bags. I'm sure you can learn quite a lot and it will come in handy no matter how much you don't care about it (guys, looking good is a key to be attractive).

So, it's not about just clothing. It includes overal styling. From underwear to hair and make-up. Keep in mind that things should not be a 'must' because it is a trend. They are merely tips to style yourself or give opinions to others.

I'll start off:
When wearing only black, be sure there is a decent amount of variation in fabric (transparent, leather, matte, bling, etc). It is the only way when all black does not make you look like dirt and actually attractive (potatoe bag). Funny thing is...this is one of the reasons Dutch people dress poorly. Not sure how it works on men, but surely not so different towards looking good.

Second tip on wearing monotone color (tends to be black). You can try adding one colour to certain parts. This usually let's you skip the first tip.

Third tip; your best type of outfit usually exists out of 2-5 different colors or fabric.

Fourth tip; When wearing floral or busy patterns, only let one piece be like that. The rest can be fairly plane. It really takes the eyes on the pattern and not the person/face (pretty much only see a piece of cloth).

Continue (there are hundreds of styling tips, feel free to open a proper discussion or if you want advice)

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Don't's from observing passer-byes:

Don't wear high heels unless you're going to be walking very little. Get a spare pair of flats if you need to walk around.

Pick a clothing size that makes your lower body look good. Muffin tops are a huge turnoff when walking down the street. Similarly, wearing low-cut jeans (so your belly goes above the belt) doesn't make you look thinner. Little bothers me more about casual fashion than girls who would look good in more comfy clothes yet insist on squeezing into something 3 sizes smaller.

If chubby/overweight, stick to vertical stripes and simple designs. Horizontal stripes and animal prints are a no-no - especially on the lower body. And like Val said, less is more: flowery blouse means the rest is simple; color-coordinate instead of piling on the patterns.

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Agreed. Busy patterns should be kept to one piece of an outfit, if a skirt, then a solid colored top, and vice versa. This also works for a wild printed pair of shoes. A little black dress can really come alive with a pair of bright red (or animal print) high heels. I've also dressed up a simple black dress using a belt in a bright color with matching earrings. Love pops of color! ^_~

For me, part of my style is also finding accent colors. I may pair a green printed dress with a red belt and red flats for a contrast of colors.

Don't forget accessories-- less is more. If you're wearing a statement necklace, I would go with simple earrings (studs), or possibly even forego earrings.

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I find a comfy pair of jeans and cowboy boots to keep the rattlers from ruinin' my day is good enough for the bottom half. A plain shirt or one with a simple pattern that doesn't conflict with my cowboy hat is best for the top half. On particularly warm days I just take my shirt off and let my tight abs and ripped muscles cool in the east Texas breezes. I don't know too much about fashion, but one should never wear socks and sandals on the same feet at the same time. I can't describe what good fashion is, but I know it when I see it.

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Find that simple is good in dressing for everyday things. : ) Fancy dress can be nice for special occasions.

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I'm not a big fashion guy, but people need to at least fix the labels on things they wear. It's pretty depressing to see the guy who lives in a mansion with 8 Rolex watches riding a bike to work instead of driving some labelled car. Same can be said with every old woman using Louie Vuitton even when they have no class.

Sometimes fashion is also more of how you pair things together to really bring out what they're worth. No point wearing a 3 piece suit to eat at a regular cafe where every other person wears an undershirt and boxer shorts.

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I too, am not enamored of pursuits sartorial. Regardless, I will say that male persons with a BMI not falling between a range of 18 and 24 and possessing a well toned set of muscles should never be seen in a tight fitting swim suit.

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Firefly's right, and seeing a lady with a huge necklace+earrings+ring set like this is both baffling and saddening. They're usually cheap too - compared to more subtle gold or silver jewelry - so the so-called "superior status" they're believed to carry is almost nonexistent.

@Darthas: nowadays all of that is called being "quirky". Sadly, lots of middle-aged-and-up ladies here love parading their knock-off brand bags, which are also large and uncomfortable to carry around. I love ya mom, but sometimes you need to tone it down.

Dunno if it fits with fashion, but it's related to cosmetics: guys AND girls, don't dump an entire bottle of cologne/perfume on yourselves. A quote I keep running into yet always forget the source of goes like this: "Cologne/Perfume should be discovered, not announced." Also, try to avoid strong, heavy scents like overly floral ones or "ocean breeze" (which always reminds me of toilet cleaning solutions). Use deodorant - preferably one with no alcohol - and add a few drops of perfume to your neck and, if you must, wrists = more than enough. Make sure you apply it at least 10 minutes before leaving the house so it has time to mix with your natural scent and linger.

And raccoon eyes. Dear god, the raccoon eyes. Granted, I haven't hung around middle/highschoolers in years but it still throws me off to see one on the street looking all pissed off at the world with such an unfortunate paint job.

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Tank top + cardigan + legging/jeans + statement necklace/whatever pieces I felt like wearing and BOOM! I'm all set. I love my textured leggings. I lost count of how many cardigan I own. I got this really nice lace jacket for $20 at a thrift shop. My fav black knitted cardigan was $30 from Cotton On. It was on sale.

For some reason I don't feel comfortable wearing skirts and dresses. I own several (from thrifting ofc). I get like hmmm.. . I should wear that skirt today. But when I put it on I was like nah it don't feel right, I need to shave my leg. So I went with jeans instead.

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@Pande: cosmetics belongs in the same group for styling yourself (basically physical appearance in which you can put stuff on, change thingd without surgery such as hairstyle.

Brands aren't always the best choice to get. Usually it is so much cheaper without because the name puts 200% on the actual price. Quite a few good brands but many fail quite a bit (Brand vs no brand, no brand tends to win on durability). But talking about seeing if it is actually good clothing; check out if there are any inconsistency in the seams. In many clothing there is inconsistency, even for brands. It means it is done in a rush/made by children. Good quality clothing is made out of good fabric and the seams are entirely "clean". Perhaps you wouldn't care about it much, it is still a fun thing to discover and see how many brands are ripping you off.

When it comes to cologne/perfume...they say you put it on the places you want to be kissed kinda...too much is nice but not nice to be approached with.

Info for crazy women about nails: no, men do not like your stupid nail art. It is ugly and a waste of time to put art on that (like make-up...nails are worse though). Keep it simple.

@Cirru: simple is good, just not too simple. You still have to pay close attention on what you wear unless your closet exists out of perfectly matching clothes and it doesn't matter what you wear. Perhaps if you are male you can pay less attention because...clothing isn't as delicate as it is for females..here, a good example you will never see with men.

TRANSPARANCY
Ok, so many people might think people do not see it but they do. If you wear something white and it is not of thick cloth, it is transparent. Which means, people can see the color/shape of your panties or bra(be sure to look in a mirror) No, it is not sexy...it is disturbing and not attractive. Might aswell go naked if you want to look like that! Transparency comes most with white but also with other colors, especially thin clothes. Make sure you have skin colored (beige) white and a black pair of underwear. That way, you can make through with any type of clothing.

'kay, I'm done for now again. Waiting for more replies before adding stuff again.

EDIT: @Redywn: skirts aren't bad. They're quite pleasing to wear actually. Seeing as you are old enough. Don't wear teeny skirts. Feel free to put on some tights/pantyhose beneath them (only if it fits nicely, depends on the slirt but works with tight ones for sure). That way, you will feel less naked, more clothed, not to be ashamed of showing your legs and truly sexy.

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@Val: I think I can count on one hand the number of brand products I've bought in my entire lifetime, and still have spare fingers left. I don't wear foundation and the only times I put on eyeliner and eyeshadow are special occasions. And I dislike lipstick, since it wipes off soon or leaves marks on cups. But I do have a decent number of nail polish bottles ^^ Big name products come in smaller quantities as well, and for me it'd be crazy to spend $7 on a 5ml bottle of nail polish instead of spending only 2$ for 15ml. It's all about knowing where to shop.
*reads further* Ah, I normally color my nails in pastel colors, don't like the shiny ones >.> And I do it for myself, mainly 'cause I like coming up with designs.

I actually think men are less fortunate in the clothing department, at least in terms of variety. Go into any brand clothing store here and you'll see three items: thin synthetic fabric T-shirts with horrid designs (Engrish and nonsensical logos), flannel shirts and absurdly tight skinny jeans. Meanwhile women get to choose from tank tops with varying strap width, blouses, T-shirts with a larger selection of designs, skirts, low-cut pants (both jeans and other materials), scarves, bracelets, earrings etc. So yeah, sucks to be a guy if you don't like wearing shirts and skinny jeans all the time, 'cause you have to do some serious hunting for something more comfy/generic.

Transparency is OK if done right. Less is more applies here too, and it's much more attractive to imply rather than show.
Example 1: transparent scarf/shawl over dress/tank top (on the shoulders and arms). Mostly applies to more formal evening wear.
Example 2: a blouse where the sleeves are transparent but the body isn't. Bonus points if the sleeves are elbow-length or longer.
Example 3: transparent scarf over bikini bottom. It's a style choice more than a practical one, though, and reserved for the summer season (beach/water park area, obviously).

And girls, for the love of the deity of your choice, please refrain from bending over/squatting in front of me while wearing low-cut jeans and a thong. Thank you.

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@ val I don't have anything against wearing short things and showing the sexy. I wear short shorts especially in rainy season. It get pretty cold but I hate wet ankle more. I think it's the flapping around that bothers me or something. Not sure but definitely something is keeping me from wearing them. It's likely that I'm just not a skirt person or maybe I should go shave my leg and try it out again tomorrow.

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I agree with Val about the leggings... I LOVE to wear skirts and dresses (even in the middle of winter!), so the leggings really help to make my outfit winter appropriate. I just got these fleece-lined leggings that work like a dream!

(The irony is that I was a huge tomboy growing up... XD)

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ITT people remember the original purpose of clothing.

It ain't about being cold anymore, it's about the idea, the looks.
Even British people with their "bad" fashion taste do it to provoke others.
"Potatoe bags" apart from your posh english, I bet you mean baggy pants and low riders or whatever they're called, which is a style. That, or they have testicular cancer. Don't hate on them yo'. On the other hand that's not something you should be doing, least not until you magically travel back 5 years into the past, or achieve a comeback for it.
"Appropriate clothing" wearing suits as a casual fit. With a timeless fedora and a walking stick. Throw it in the bin or keep them for special events until you're 22(70 or handicapped in the case of the walking stick).
Jeans which need a belt so they won't drop from your slim waist aren't a good fit either. Graphic tees aren't kewl anymore, step it up.(nvm was pointed out by someone else)

Back to basics?
You should think about how your body is built, look at other people with the same build. What are they wearing, what suits them, what doesn't?
Skin tone, eye colour, which colours match yours? There's a lot of guides on the internet btw.

Another important thing: you can have a really good fit, but still scare people away. It's all about keeping yourself clean, brush those teeth, shower. Usage of shampoo is a matter for discussion(shampooing it every day will make you bald sooner). To keep a beard or not: depends how much facial hair you can grow. (T-girl mustaches<-- self-explanatory)
Haircuts anyone?

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I wear black because they haven't invented a darker colour yet.

Shirts are allways a good choice ^_^V!

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@merynoko: Potatoe bag dressing means you look like literally wearing a potatoe bag. Shapeless, plain and just ugly. I think people call it "Plain Jane" style. Not baggy clothes...wearing baggy clothes is actually a certain style of "oversized" clothing and wearing stuff on your ass.

For haircuts, let's say that the current trend for females is this dip-dye look. If you want it, let it be done by a proffesional, otherwise there is a big chance it looks kinda bad. Tends to have some highlights and the dye in any colour, so find specialists!

For men? well, many hairstyles work...I think as long as you look taken care of it looks fine. Everyone their own tastes...but some guys only have short/standard spikey hair when it doesn't really fit them. Feel free to grow out a bit and ask for a hairdresser's opinion. Some peope have their limits on the style, so be sure to mention it before letting it cut.

@Usagi: Be sure you do wear little colour or different types of fabric (prolly colour in your case) so you don't become a potatoe bag.

A good piece of advice which is perfect for a good dress but I think it works with anything is that every set of clothing needs a loose and a tight part. All too tight or all too loose just doesn't work 99/100 times. It counts for dresses to be amazingly elegant. When it comes to casual clothing, wearing some type of jacket usually does the job in making a nice contrast as a "loose" part. It really compliments the body well for anyone.

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Finally a thread where my reply isn't ignored ;_;

Quote by ValunaFor haircuts, let's say that the current trend for females is this dip-dye look.


Looks ok until it's in unreasonable colours, after that it looks like upside down flames.

Quote by ValunaFeel free to grow out a bit and ask for a hairdresser's opinion.


You should just ask straight for a hitler youth cut. Only way to roll nowadays. Family friendly version:"Can I haz undercut plz?" Don't let them shave too much on the sides, else it's gonna look like a failure of a dead mohawk or worse, it's gonna look like someone put a wiener of hair on your head.

Quote by Valunaloose and a tight part.


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Alright, so: one piece of advice that can be given to anyone is to wear clothes that fit. Too-tight clothing looks uncomfortable on any body type. T-shirts tend to fit at the hips. Suits and slim-fit dees shirts should be fitted at the waist. Skinny jeans that fit and crumple up a little at the bottom look good on anyone. Also, mid-calf or knee-length boots are hot on just about everyone. And collarbones. Show em off if you're comfortable with it!
If you're going for a certain look, don't be afraid to google images it! My style tends to range from gypsy (twirly skirts and scarves) to kawaii (lotsa big sweaters and bows and patterned tights) to classy punk (shirts with lace sleeves, chain earrings, combat boots) to androgynous (skinny jeans and button-down shirts). You don't have to stick to one style forever!
Second-to-lastly, I've seen guys rock skirts and ladies looking great in suits. The fact that we have gendered clothes is weird.
Lastly lastly, unless this is your intent, makeup isn't supposed to be a mask. It should be used to highlight your facial features, kinda like turning up the contrast in photo editing. Don't give yourself a new face. This being said, not wearing makeup is great too. you will look fine either way. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell your reflection that it is looking fine. You're perfect.

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Quote by LadyTextaholicMy style tends to range from gypsy (twirly skirts and scarves) to kawaii (lotsa big sweaters and bows and patterned tights) to classy punk (shirts with lace sleeves, chain earrings, combat boots) to androgynous (skinny jeans and button-down shirts).


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Quote by LadyTextaholicMery what are you talking about .-.

Le what are you wearing today face

Quick edit.. Because MT is too public we can all scratch my idea of posting pictures of our clothing
After realising that, I now declare this thread for dead.

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Since this is all about tips, tricks and hints considering fashion.
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I'm sure no one mentioned pinrolling yet. A pinroll is when you cuff up your jeans in an ok manner to show off your shoes.The tutorial from youtube<clickable>

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Quote by LadyTextaholicAlso, mid-calf or knee-length boots are hot on just about everyone.

Depends. If you're short, it'll make your legs look even shorter :/ Which is awful, since I love that kind of boots *cries*

Quote by LadyTextaholicLastly lastly, unless this is your intent, makeup isn't supposed to be a mask. It should be used to highlight your facial features, kinda like turning up the contrast in photo editing.

Interestingly enough, the last few years there's been a lot of emphasis put on a more "natural" look. Which you have to achieve by putting on foundation, blush, eyeshadow and a transparent lip gloss. Not arguing, just pointing out an interesting observation I made while reading the forums and hearing teen girls talking on the bus, haha.

If any of y'all post pics, I'm drawing mustaches on you. Blame Cy, he gave me that idea.

I don't have a job so I can't speak for myself, but a friend was once admonished by a quite high up person for coming to work with glittery blue nails (not blinding, just enough to sparkle in natural light). It was quite fun, especially since I was downright shocked when I saw them, lol. Totally out of character for her.

Hmm, another tip: please, don't get foot-long fake nails if you have to type a lot. The noise is terrible and looking at them makes me cringe (imagining them breaking/torn off with the entire "natural" nail too).

Edit: Val's most recent post is gone because I'm a dumbass and deleted it by mistake. I'M SORRY ;_____; Um, she mentioned that you can always use Google to search for a particular style if you're interested in it.

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Baka Panda! I just wish it was one of mery's dummy posts instead.

They call it "nude look". It has been quite a trend for a couple years, becoming more popular with time. It is definitely something you can always get around with and use minimal time in masking your face with chemicals.

I think mery needs to post his awesome dressing style first.

Next is nails...I've said it before.
- Nail art is only popular between women...men don't like it. - -
- Want fancy nails but not spend a lot of time to it? Try playing with your nails, like using different colours on each, use two colours with perhaps simple patterns. Nail polish looks fancy by themselves, dont spend too much time.
- Don't have too long nails, they will easily break and collect dirt.
- Don't use nail remover too much, you might just damage your nails and lose them eventually. Quite a lot of nailpolish goes off as you shower and your nails grow. You can minimalize the use by quite a lot.

Also...ladies...be sure to have a black dress ♥

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