Easy fixes for big wardrobe problems
Warning: you can ruin even the most perfectly put-together ensemble a lot easier than you think. From pilled sweaters and chipped nail polish to improperly hemmed pants and visible panty lines, these messy mistakes can cause you to be taken less seriously and even diminish your confidence. While some of them may not seem like that big of a deal, they really do make a big impact – and not in the way that you want.
Wearing the wrong size
If you think you know your size, think again. “Each brand, designer, and item fits differently,” says fashion expert Allison McNamara. “You might be a large in one pair of Zara pants, a 38 in Philip Lims, and then a size 27 in denim.” Her fix? “Shop for the fit rather than the size, and don’t freak out if you’re wearing a bigger size than usual – it’s them, not you,” she says.
For a cheap, quick hack, buy a seamstress-style measuring tape. That way, the next time you’re considering a purchase online, you can review the sizing guide, whip out the tape measure, and go by your actual measurement numbers, not the retailer’s size.
Not tailoring items for the perfect fit
Splurging on an expensive suit or dress but not saving a few bucks to tailor it is easily one of the biggest fashion mistakes a person can make, according to fashion publicist and buyer Andrea Burman. “Everyone is built differently – petite, pear, hourglass, straight, and narrow. So how can mass-produced clothing fit us all the same way? It can’t,” she asserts. “Having an experienced tailor tweak sleeve lengths, adjust shoulders, change or add buttons, shorten hemlines, and take in wide garments can be the difference between looking just ‘OK’ and looking ravishing.” If your budget doesn’t permit frequent trips to the tailor, take things into your own hands on the easier stuff, like hems and buttons, with a sewing kit.