The main requirement that modern fashion makes to its followers is to deviate from the rules to emphasize individuality. Yet not many people dare to violate the idea of a style that stuck in their heads.
We at Bright Side made a list of common misconceptions that prevent us from looking stunning and showing our “self” with the help of clothes.
Misconception: black is slimming.
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In fact: Black isn’t good on everyone and in itself cannot hide extra weight. To make your body visually thinner, you need a properly chosen cut, not black clothes.
Stylists recommend: Women who want to hide their flaws should avoid wearing shiny black fabric or fur. Yet contrasting accents will help to create a spectacular image and distract attention from drawbacks.
Misconception: horizontal stripes make the body look bigger.
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In fact: The style of clothing, as well as the color and width of the stripes, matters. Large contrast lines give the body additional volume. Narrow horizontal stripes visually lengthen it.
Stylists recommend: Feel free to use thin stripes, minding your body type. Complement striped clothing with things that will help to create additional vertical lines.
Misconception: light clothes make you look fat.
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In fact: The style is more important than the color.
Stylists recommend: Choose a cut suitable for your body which will emphasize its advantages. Combine light clothes with items of other colors to create images for different occasions.
Misconception: short pants are good only on tall women.
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In fact: Shortened pants look nice and flirty, and they’re not just for owners of long legs.
Stylists recommend: Ankle pants of bright colors can visually shorten the body in contrast. Short ladies should give preference to models of calm shades with high waists and wear them with heels.
Misconception: oversized fits everyone.
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In fact: Most ladies will look more elegant in voluminous things, but there are those who should be careful about choosing such clothes.
Stylists recommend: Oversized clothes perfectly suit tall and thin women as they add fragility to the image. For short girls, as well as for owners of nonstandard bodies, it’s important to balance proportions and avoid wearing more than one voluminous item.
Misconception: a wide belt “creates” a waist, making the body look slimmer.
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In fact: A wide or bright belt, designed to focus attention on the waist, works in the opposite way for ladies with excess weight: it draws attention to problem areas.
Stylists recommend: Curvy women had better choose knee-length or slightly longer dresses where the waistline will be moved up or down. Dresses with a V-neck will help to emphasize the bust and visually lengthen the neck.
Misconception: it’s bad taste to combine more than 3 colors in a look.
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In fact: The rule of “no more than 3 colors” was invented for those who follow a dress code and don’t want to stand out from the crowd. If you have a sense of style and harmony, you can safely combine more than 3 colors in one image.
Stylists recommend: Choose clothes in which some specific color will prevail. The remaining shades should be additional to the base shade and shouldn’t block it. Keep in mind the rules for combining colors.
Misconception: you cannot combine different prints in one image.
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In fact: Several patterns in one image look fresh and nontrivial, but they must emphasize the appearance and complement the image rather than dispersing attention.
Stylists recommend: Patterns should have something in common, such as color. The same pattern in different sizes would look perfect. Geometric figures (squares, rhombuses, polka dots, stripes) also look perfect together and with other prints.
Misconception: pink suits only children and young ladies.
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In fact: Depending on the style and shade, it can be worn at any age.
Stylists recommend: Combine pink with other colors (white, gray, beige, blue, purple), taking into account your color type and body specificities. 50-something women are recommended to choose coral shades.
Misconception: frills and flounces make you look fat.
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In fact: Flounces and frills give tenderness to your image. At the same time, excessive decorative elements visually add a couple of extra pounds.
Stylists recommend: The safest option is frills on the sleeves. They suit everyone and look spectacular. If you don’t have a model body, try to avoid dresses consisting of frills only. They “widen” the body.