How To Avoid Being a Fashion
Worried that your new tie-on fur collar might
clash with your knee-high boots and trench coat? Here's how to
look fashionable without overdosing on the trends.
Time Required: Varies
1. Decide if you're wasting too
much money on fads, by assessing the last five items you've
2. If three or more are touted
as the season's "must-haves," you're in danger of being a
3. Examine your closet to see if
more than half of your wardrobe is already out of style
according to your favorite fashion sources.
4. Now, ask yourself if you are
buying fashion fads because you really like them or you use them
like a fashion security blanket.
5. If you decided you always buy
all of the fads because you really like them, you're not telling
the truth so you might as well just stop here.
6. If you decide you use fads as
a fashion security blanket, follow the next steps.
7. Never wear more than two
trends together if possible.
8. Stop referring to your
clothing by designer (the Gucci jacket, the Dior bag) and just
call them by the item name.
9. Before buying your next
designer item, ask yourself if you'd like the item if it didn't
have the chi chi logo: if yes, then buy it.
10. Never, ever wear your
- Remember that celebrities often overdo
trends for maximum photo impact; they may not translate well
for you on a day-to-day basis.
- Lots of fashion victims try to adopt the
It Girl "bored look" as an accessory (as perfected by
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Chloe Sevigny). A cheerful
disposition will separate you from the dour pack.
- There's nothing wrong with designer
labels. Just make sure you aren't hiding behind expensive
clothes to mask other insecurities.