If I were to define my style in less than three words, it would be lazy meets chic. When I’m in a rush, my number one process for picking out an outfit is to grab the first dress I see, throw on a neutral pair of boots (or patterned slip ons if I’m feeling fancy), and pray it all comes together. I count it as a win if I don’t look like I dressed in the dark!
As much as I love finding new pieces to add to my closet and checking out the latest trends, there are times where I’ve bought something that either wasn’t the most flattering or didn’t fit the way I want but loved it too much to give it up.
It wasn’t until I binge watched Gossip Girl for a third, fourth and fifth time that I realized how big of a mistake that I was making. Blair Waldorf changed the fashion industry with every pristine blouse, pleated skirt, and classic handbag. Every single outfit that she wore fit her like a glove and matched her personality. Watching her on the screen inspired me to find clothes that not only compliment my shape and size, but also make me feel confident. Here are five style mistakes you need to avoid at all costs, and how you can fix them.
1. Your clothes aren’t tailored.
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve had your eye on that dress for two months and grabbed it the minute your size was finally restocked…Only for it to end up being one size too big or small. Instead of trying to hide the misfit underneath layers, get it tailored. One small change can make a huge difference! Blair’s dresses always fit her perfectly and glided over her shape.
2. You splurge on trends you won’t ever wear again.
Trends never last, period. One of the biggest things that I love about Blair is her timeless wardrobe. She incorporated at least one classic piece into every outfit. Try giving retro pieces a modern twist.
3. You wear too many statement pieces all at once.
Less really is more. If you’re going to wear multiple accessories, make sure that they don’t clash with your overall look. Even Blair’s signature look included a simple headband and at least one piece of jewelry, she made sure to balance it out by choosing one to be her statement piece. Let your outfit do the talking for you. Pick one piece you want to be your overall focus and go from there.
4. Your shirt, sweater, dress is oversized to the point of looking bulky.
Don’t get me wrong. I live in my oversized shirts and sweaters. They’re so comfy and easy to dress up or down. However, there are times where my sweaters toe the line between looking stylish…and looking like old pajamas. Blair’s shift dress is the perfect size. It’s loose enough to skate over her curves without being overwhelming.
5. You’re afraid of mixing patterns and colors.
If there’s one thing I learned from Blair, it’s that color blocking will take your outfit to the next level. Want to wear that yellow dress but don’t know if those pink heels are too bright? Go for it! Debating whether or not you can pair your striped shirt with a floral skirt? You bet.