Following fashion is a pain for those who design the latest, for those who wear the latest and most of all, for those who have to look at the results! Due to constant social pain of having to tolerate people-who-wore-indescribably-awful-things, I have decided to cure it by making a list of absolute fashion disasters.
1. Unfit And Gooey:
Navels lurking out of cropped tops. A flash of a thigh from under a mini. We are all for flashing some skin. But there is nothing as ungainly as the sight of a couple of tyres under a pait of tight jeans and a top. Or thunder thighs from under a mini skirt.
How To Avoid This One: If you have orange-peel skin, wear clothes which don’t put focus on your tyres. Or better still, take up that gym membership your were thinking of and get working on those sexy abs. Check Out Exercises That Really Work
Dare To Wear It: You have a sexy, toned body. Or at least the part you are flaunting or showing is toned!
2. Riot Peacock:
Red, pink, yellow, green and blue – a riot of colors works great! But please refrain from wearing all the colors of the rainbow together. It simply Dazzles us blind!
How To Avoid This One: Either highlight one color, or shades of different colors.
Dare To Wear If: You are quirky enough and can add an unexpected sense of humor. Works well to balance the brashness of it all.
3. Breathless Trousers:
We all try to fit in at some point of our lives. Which is great as long as one doesn’t try to fit into trousers two sizes too small! In an attempt to look paper thin and fitted, some people wear stretch trousers, which tightly grab their rear and bring them to our attention. Now, we are open-minded and don’t really mind any kind of assets showing, but we refuse to look at underwear lines (sometimes even shades differ!) that peep through paper-thin layers. An absolute no-no!
How To Avoid This One: If you want to keep it tight, that’s great. And it can be a style statement too. For women, remember to wear your trousers with a thong, which doesn’t show your posterior under-lines.
Dare To Wear It: You religiously spend three (or more) hours every day at the gym and have a Jennifer Lopez bum.
4. High And High:
High waists suit tall people. Just because every journalist, designer and celebrity-with-perfect-figure gushes on about the high-waisted trend doesn’t mean you need to go for it. It makes you look short and if you are a little towards the ‘healthy’ side, it makes you look fat too.
How To Avoid This One: Look the other way when you see a short woman wearing high-waisted trousers. And stick to medium-heighted or low-waisted one.
Dare To Wear If: You have the height, which includes long, longer, longest legs.
5. Retro Empowered:
Going Retro? Good for you – it’s so much fun and just the right look. Just avoid looking as if you have travelled your way from the hippie 1960s, 1970s disco era or the Edwardian era.
How To Avoid This One: Don’t overdo it. Instead of wearing everything a retro trend offers, choose an element or two from the lot. Wear just a pair of sandals, a tee, or a hairdo that captures the trend. We like it better when you are subtle!
Dare To Wear It: You are planning to time travel!
6. Aunty Cleavage:
The dazzling brightness of the blouse or the embellishment on a super-fitted spaghetti top doesn’y hide the too-tight bras, which kind of squeeze the assets up into a strict, tight line. Ugghh.
How To Avoid This One: Wear the right bra. The right size and shape will do wonders for your overall look. Try and invest in buying a few branded styles.
Dare To Wear If: You are going to a party and the theme is ‘overboard’.
7. Peroxide Blonde:
We have all been to those society parties and seen the ultimate Barbie Doll aspirant. The pointer? Her hair is either dark blonde, or silver blonde or red blonde or highlighted with one of the blonde shades, yet the eyebrows are a shade of brown – the original hair color.
How To Avoid This One: Always remember the first rule in the art of hair color.. never go more than three shades away from your natural shade. Or consult an expert hair colorist on the same.
Dare To Wear If: You have colored every other part of your body and are blessed with a facial color the same shade. Or if you like the idea of looking like a live Barbie Doll.
8. Kitsch Binge:
We know that accessorizing your clothes with baubles, frills, sequins are fun. But too much of all of them looks too brash. Learn the art of highlighting only one area with a type of accessory to create a subtle look.
How To Avoid This One: The trend is fun. But wear it in elements. A kitsch top with a plain bottomwear looks divine.
Dare To Wear If: You are going to a masquerade party.
9. Wearing Teeny:
Young at heart? Good for you, but it’s not an excuse to wear clothes that your teenaged sister wears to her college. No jeans that are below the hipbone, no top that is super-tight, no pair of pencil heels, and no amount of injections will hide you age. So let go of the ‘young’ look and dress your age!
How To Avoid This One: Take heed of what your mirror says and change your dressing style or dictum accordingly.
Dare To Wear If: You still have a sexy, toned, cellulite-free body to boost and a ‘young’ mind. Or at least one of the three!
10. Print Peacock:
Floral prints look beautiful. So do checks, animal prints, abstracts and cartoons. But it doesn’t mean you can wear everything together! Please spare us even the thought!
How To Avoid This One: Combine one print with a block color.
Dare To Wear If: You know what works with what, for example, subtle black ‘n’ white check pantys will work with a floral-printed chiffon top.
11. Cult Cracks:
Are you more the ultimate leather ‘n’ metal rock-lover? Or are you the hippie fashion lover? Or are you glam-bitten? Whatever your beliefs, inclinations or loves, we appreciate them. But refrain from wearing symbolic or cult-based clothing all the time. We would like to see you clad in something that is you… at least sometimes.
How To Avoid This One: Join multiple cults and movements. That way at least you will change your attire according to the meeting you are attending.
Dare To Wear If: You have nothing else in your wardrobe.
12. Copy Cat:
Elvis Presley looked grest during his time. So did Marilyn Monroe. But that doesn’t mean you will too. Get a life and stop aping every sport star, wannabe celeb, or actress you can lay your eyes on. It’s just so wannabe!
How To Avoid This One: Get thinking and see what suits you!
Dare To Wear If: You are a clone of some politician, parent, friend, car driver, tycoon or celebrity.
13. Untidy And Dirty:
A flash of skin is sexy. That is, if the skin you are showing is not dirty, unclean or unwaxed!
How To Avoid This One: Keep yourself clean.
Dare To Wear If: No comments on this one!
14. The Outing:
A little cleavage looks good. A little, that is. Please spare us any hanging-out zones. And those peeking undergarments are so passe! It’s time to lose the obvious image! Let your look speak, not your inner garments.
How To Avoid This one: Cover up.
Dare To Wear If: You are a celebrity looking for cheap publicity.
15. All That Glitters Is Not Gold:
A party to attend? And you want to look ravishing! Well sprinkling yourself over with glitter and gold is not the solution. Keep it subtle.
How To Avoid This One: Add just a hint of shimmer or glitter. A pair of danglers, eyeshadow, a smile!
Dare To Wear If: You wish to blind all with glittering gold.
16. Animal Skin:
Well this is not really a fashion disaster. In fact, in most cultures, it’s considered a symbol of refinement and luxury. But we still protest, simply because most leather and fur kills an animal. And PETA will file a petition against you, which will cost you a lot of money.
How To Avoid This One: Join PETA.
Dare To Wear If: You like people sending you hate messages. Alternatively you can try animal prints or designs (on chiffon, georgette or cotton). They work equally well.