My daughter and I were talking about how dumbed-down warning labels have become. These days, we need to be warned that our coffee is hot and that brake fluid isn’t for drinking. It’s a little silly. It’s not that I have anything against warning labels. I mean, we could all use a little nudge now and then, a friendly reminder to do this and not do that. Here are some warning labels I could use in life:
- Warning: If you stay up too late scrolling on your phone, you will be tired and cranky in the morning.
- Warning: If you don’t wear your sunscreen, the skin on your face will look like the skin on your elbow.
- Warning: If you wait until the morning to get gas, you’ll be late to your hair appointment.
These would be helpful warnings.
That’s why I decided to create a few helpful warnings of my own, all related to style, of course.
I think these are far more useful than the warnings we get every day, and more fun, as well.
(Note: I am not saying you should immediately destroy these items if one of them has found its way into your wardrobe. But I’m also not saying that you shouldn’t.)
Whether gracing the hem or a dress or a top, or adorning a single shoulder, florals that are placed in specific areas of an item are instantly dated and aging. Either go floral all over or skip it entirely.
Fake clothes are never stylish, so either layer (for real) or don’t. These would be bad enough without the pretend layering effect, but with it, they are deadly.
The 5-Minute Trend
Buy now, and purge later. These are items that you’ll almost instantly regret buying, and that will make your future self cringe.
The Old Lady Print Top
I wish there was a more elegant way to put this, but these overly sweet tops with high necklines and 3/4 sleeves instantly add 10 years.
Frumpy Floral Dresses
With their frilly details and sweet prints, these dresses are instantly aging.
These drapey lengths of fabric add bulk to your belly area and are also out of style.
These tops feature too many details and too much volume, creating a look that is dated and unflattering.
These unflattering bottoms come in bad silhouettes and end at odd places, making them a hard pass.
Overly baggy clothes don’t flatter anyone, not even models.
Mature Evening Gown
Frumpy, overembellished and dated blouses are often marketed to women over 40. It’s best to skip these!
I’ve talked a lot about avoiding bad patterns and prints. These are just not cute.
Clothes That Double As Shelter
Your clothes should only be large enough to cover your body. They shouldn’t be large enough to cover a small town.
I love a good tropical print, and this isn’t it. Even worse, pulling the orange color from the pattern for the top.
Pants and shorts at unflattering and awkward lengths are a big no no. Go wider with these silhouettes for a more flattering look.
Which of these categories has been a challenge for you? And do you disagree with any of them? Let me know in the comments!
Nada Manley says
Thanks for the comment Florence. I think you have good instincts. 🙂
Ok I have two waterfall cardigans that I did not wear this winter. I now know why…they will find a new home today.