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Fashion Faux Pas Made Fabulous

1. Brown Shoes on Black Pants

What the issue is: It is pretty evident that black on brown are fairly hard to mix. They are both darker earthy tones, which already causes clash. With dark-colored brown shoes on black pants it does not off-set it enough, nor match it enough to make it work, which is why it is considered such a fashion faux pas.

Examples of it done wrong:

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How to make it right: You can make this work by pairing a brown oxford with another matching brown accessory.

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2. Mixing Patterns

What the issue is: Patterns are fun and can spunk an outfit up, but they can also ruin an outfit in an instant. The usual rule for dressing is to only do one pattern and the rest of the outfit solids. there are ways to mix patterns, but you need to be careful. For example if you tried to mix plaid and houndstooth that would just look disgusting, so you really need to be careful.

Examples of it done wrong: 

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How to make it right: Although too many patterns can be wrong many times, sometimes it can be so right! There are ways to mix patterns and look fabulous. If you space the patterns out or use neutrals it can be very chic. Another way to pull it off is by mixing horizontal and vertical stripes with a pop of color.

Examples of it being done right:

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3. Sandals with Socks

What the issue is: Do I even need to state what the issue is. In the 90s we went through the phase of thinking that socks with sandals was the look to rock no matter what season, but thankfully in the 2000s we tossed that horrible trend and picked up many others.

Examples of it done wrong:

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How to make it right: The one exception to socks in sandals is not Chocos and socks, if you do that I hope your feet burn because that is unacceptable. You can make socks and sandals very cute in one instance and one instance only. That is by wearing Birkenstocks, or sandals of similar style, with a cute pair of patterned socks. Even then it can be difficult but if the rest of your outfit is great, then the look can work.

Examples of it being done right:

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4. Pants Too Short

What the issue is: Capris…. Capris are my issue. They are not shorts, they are not pants, they are just there. They are not cute, or flattering, they are just awkward. Then comes the awkwardly long shorts that you’re like, “Are those capris?” It is just an uncomfortable look to try to pull off. Then there is the issue of high waters, where the pants should be long, but you bought them too small and now they are weirdly short.

Examples of it done wrong:

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How to make it right: There are a few ways to make short pants cute. One way is to take a lose boyfriend jean and cuff the bottoms and have it right above the ankles. Pair this with cute sandals and it is a perfect, casual look. Another way is mostly for girls, you can wear a nice high waisted pants/slacks  that come right above the ankle and a cute dress shoe with it for a classy look.f

Examples of it being done right:

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Sean Overton

Sophomore Sean Overton is the online A&E, Homegrown and Opinion editor for the Harbinger. Read Full »

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