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14 Fashion Faux Pas

Justin Timberlake - nydailynews

Usually, this column is all about fashion “dos” or fashion “how-tos.” But every once in a while, it’s good to stop the momentum and regroup.

So let’s address the most common fashion faux pas and general fashion don’ts, as well as ways to avoid them.


1. Too many colors

Too many colors draw attention — but not the kind of attention that gets you dates. Limit each of your outfits to just three colors or shades to keep things as simple as possible.

Also, find a color wheel online or in a book. Colors opposite each other on the wheel are “complementary colors” (i.e. purple and yellow, orange and blue). Colors adjacent to each other are called “analogous colors” (i.e. orange, yellow-orange and yellow). When putting together an outfit, stick to complementary and analogous colors.

You can also avoid a lot of mistakes simply by matching pale clothes with pale shoes, and dark clothes with dark shoes.


2. Too many patterns

As you’ll see in on identifying and matching fabrics, the key is to wear no more than three patterns, or to match just one or two patterns with one or two solid colors.

Of course, the easiest thing you can do is find one pattern you look good in (like chalk stripes or herringbone) and stick to it.


3. Too many fabrics

In the minds of many, fabrics exist in a certain “class.” Silk is generally considered more formal than denim, while linen shirts don’t exactly scream “corduroy pants!” Leather will always be more masculine than, say, tweed.

You can dance around many of these fabric mismatches by simply keeping your winter and summer clothes separate. Winter fabrics tend to be heavier, denser and rougher, while summer fabrics are mostly made of natural fibers, single-layered and airy. Keep them away from each other and you should be fine.


4. Stained clothes

It’s always a good idea to have a stain stick to use on soiled clothes before they hit the wash.

Make it a daily routine to inspect your clothes when you take them off. Likewise, examine them when they come out of the wash to make sure you didn’t miss a spot.

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