How to Avoid Becoming a Fashion Victim
Does your baguette bag clash with your pony hair mules? Here's how to look
fashionable without overdosing on the trends.
- Decide if you're wasting too much money on fads, by assessing the last
five items you've purchased.
- If three or more are touted as the season's "must-haves," you're
in danger of being a fashion victim.
- Examine your closet to see if more than half of your wardrobe is already
out of style according to your favorite fashion sources.
- Now, ask yourself if you are buying fashion fads because you really like
them or you use them like a fashion security blanket.
- If you decided you always buy all of the fads because you really like
them, you're not telling the truth so you might as well just stop here.
- If you decide you use fads as a fashion security blanket, follow the next
- Never wear more than two trends together if possible.
- Stop referring to your clothing by designer (the Gucci jacket, the
Galliano dress) and just call them by the item name.
- Never wear your sunglasses indoors.
- Don't take your dog with you to fashion shows.
- Remember that celebrities often overdo trends for maximum photo impact --
they may not translate well for you on a day-to-day basis.
- Lots of fashion victims try to adopt the It Girl "bored look" as
an accessory (as perfected by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chloe Sevigny) -- a
cheerful disposition will separate you from the dour pack.
- There's nothing wrong with designer labels -- just make sure you aren't
hiding behind expensive clothes to mask other insecurities.