There are certain fashion faux pas that cannot be accepted. This phenomenon of bad clothing choices goes beyond the dating scene, trust me. People are out in droves at school parking lots, grocery stores and night clubs rocking bad choices. Here are a few to avoid in any public setting unless you want to end up in a magazine with a black bar across your face:
Tank tops at any age without a bra. Everyone needs support and coverage. A tank top is the bottom layer of an outfit not the outfit. This goes for the male populace as well. The white tank top is an undergarment and should not be worn as a shirt. And adding a heavy gold chain is not the way to accessorize this bad look.
Gym clothes in public when not going to the gym. Athletic gear is for athletic activities. That is why they are called sweat suits. You are supposed to be somewhere sweating in them.
Flip flops anywhere except the beach. Flip flops annoy me. Listen some time to someone in a mall walking in flip flops. Doesn’t the constant noise bother them? It bothers me. I am surprised they weren’t featured on a Seinfeld episode as a truly bad footwear selection.
Sandals with socks. Need I say more? It may be the worst choice one can make.
The slinky black dress without a pair of Spanx. When the only rolls at the dinner table are on your figure, someone is bound to ask you to pass the bread basket! Curves are great. Women can look gorgeous and sexy at any weight but it is imperative to buy the right size and wear undergarment support.
Wearing casual clothes to a wedding or funeral is not the way to go. Dress for the occasion. Recently a friend told me no one notices what you wear to a special occasion, they only remember you made the effort to go. Sorry, not true. Sure they appreciate that you came, but show up in appropriate attire. Check the etiquette manual or call your mother if you are uncertain.
Plastic clogs. Sorry, I am aware they are popular but come on! And please, by all means, never ever on men or boys. Don’t your feet sweat profusely in those?
Fake anything; Uggs, Coach….come on, get to outlet mall already! Or don’t wear the current trends. I have never owned a Northface jacket but I have a knock-off. I cannot tell you how many people ask, “Oh, is that a Northface?” and I have to sheepishly point to the prominent logo and say, “No, it’s a Free People jacket? Heard of it?”
It’s not about being a fashion snob. We are all on a budget and who can say they don’t like Walmart and Tarjay for certain apparel items? But, make a fair assessment when you do the full mirror check. And take advice from friends, family and significant others. That is, if they dare to be honest!