There are a million ways to express yourself through what you wear. And there’s no right way to do it—not really. It varies from person to person, occasion to occasion, and day to day. But following a few guidelinescan help you feel your absolute best.

As a former personal stylist, our shopping editor has 8 tips that apply across the board, no matter who you are, what your personal style is, where you live, or what your work or home life looks like. In her opinion, a fashion faux pas is really just anything that doesn’t feel good when you wear it. Make sure to adjust these tips to fit (pardon the pun) whatever you feel great wearing.

1. Don’t ignore your waist.

Mistake: Wearing clothes that don’t flatter your body shape can leave you feeling a bit off-balance. Your waist, no matter how you feel about it, is the central part of your silhouette and is where your whole look comes together.

Solution: Choose pieces that play up your best bits. Got a pear shape? A-line skirts and tops that cinch at the waist, or a medium-width belt to define your middle can work wonders to create a more balanced silhouette. Have a more petite frame? Avoid anything that swallows you up and create the illusion of a bit of a soft curve with, again, a thin belt. Beautifully broad shoulders and/or bust? Have you heard about belts? A wide belt complements broader shoulders, busts, and hips.

Our Picks:

set of three belts with gold hardware in cream, brown, and black
JASGOOD on Amazon

JASGOOD on Amazon Retro Skinny Belt, 3pk ($23.99)—Buy Here!

cognac color wrap belt for women

ADA Wrap Leather Belt ($99.00)—Buy Here!

2. Embrace the basics.

Mistake: Focusing only on statement pieces without the basics to tie everything together? Not a good look. Trust us, it’s so important to have neutral, classic items to mix and match with the bolder options in your closet.

Solution: Build your wardrobe on classics like white shirts, blazers, and jeans. They’re the foundation of any killer outfit.

Our Picks:

woman wearing cropped denim kick flare jeans

NYDJ Brigitte Wide Leg Cropped Jeans ($99.00)—Buy Here!

woman wearing white crewneck t-shirt, dark jeans, and gold jewelry
Banana Republic Factory

Banana Republic Factory Timeless Crewneck T-Shirt ($25.00)—Buy Here!


Quince 100% European Linen Structured Blazer ($79.90)—Buy Here!

3. Don’t overdo it.

Mistake: Trying to squeeze every trend into one outfit can leave you feeling more chaotic than cool.

Solution: Focus on one or two trends or statement pieces per outfit, then keep the rest low-key and classic for a polished look. Think: a bold blouse with tailored work trousers, printed shorts with a classic white tee, or a vintage patterned dress with simple solid slides. If you’re wearing a matching set or one-piece (romper, jumpsuit, etc.) with a fun pattern, keep the jewelry simple and slightly understated. We’re letting those statement pieces do the talking here.

Our Picks:

white blouse with green and blue bird print
Traffic People at Wolf & Badger

The Big Year Tremors Blouse by Traffic People at Wolf & Badger ($160.00)—Buy Here!

woman in trucker hat, checked vans slip on shoes, and rainbow ombre smocked dress
Lala Original

Lala Original Palm Springs Smocked Dress in Rainbow Daydream ($136.00)—Buy Here!

woman wearing wide leg pants with pink print, a sleeveless cropped tank top, and a straw clutch leaning against the wall

IWOLLENCE on Amazon Tie-Wasit Wide Leg Pants ($29.99)—Buy Here!

4. Avoid visible bra straps.

Mistake: Letting your bra straps peek out from under your clothes can cramp your style.

Solution:  Invest in strapless bras or accessories like clear straps to keep your undergarments discreet. Or go for tops and dresses with built-in support to keep everything looking seamless.

Our Picks:


nude strapless bra
Bare Necessities

Wacoal Red Carpet Multiway Strapless Bra ($76.00)—Buy Here!

bust tape

NOOD Game Changer Lift & Shape Strapless/Backless Bra ($49.00)—Buy Here!

set of bra converter clips

Bra Clip + Extender Set ($4.39)—Buy Here!

5. Let your accessories shine.

Mistake: Going overboard with accessories can ruin a look.

Solution: Choose a few standouts to elevate your look and let them do the work. If you’re sporting a bold statement necklace, go easy on the earrings and bracelets to keep the focus where it belongs.

black cameo statement charm necklace
Zodiac Jules/Netflix

Zodiac Jules Vintage Necklace, Featured on Netflix’s ‘Griselda’ ($105.00)—Buy Here!

woman wearing lilac blazer and colorful feather statement earrings

Brackish Marana Grecian Earring ($195.00)—Buy Here!

silver and gold bracelet stack
Artizan Joyeria

Artizan Joyeria Triangle Stack ($160.00)—Buy Here!

6. Avoid disheveled clothing when you can.

Mistake: Wearing wrinkled, stained, or damaged clothes can make you look like you just rolled out of bed (we totally get that sometimes you did and that’s fine). It happens! Don’t beat yourself up here. But if you’re feeling less-than pulled-together, de-rumpling your wardrobe is super helpful.

Solution: Freshen up! Take the time to care for your clothes properly by laundering, ironing, and storing them with care. Repair any damages pronto, like loose threads or missing buttons, to keep your clothes looking crisp and clean.

Our Picks:

two bottles of mis mouth's stain remover

Miss Mouth’s Stain Treater ($14.99)—Buy Here!

handheld fabric shaver

iRUNTEK Rechargeable Fabric Shaver ($26.99)—Buy Here!

black fabric steamer

Handheld Garment Steamer ($39.99)—Buy Here!

7. Comfort is always key.

Mistake: Sacrificing comfort for the sake of fashion? No, thank you so much.

Solution: Look for clothes and shoes that feel as good as they look. When you’re comfy, you’ll shine from the inside out. So many options combine comfort and style, so don’t settle for something you think looks good if it feels awful. Chances are, you’ll find a similar piece that’s better and more comfortable if you look a little longer.

Our Picks:

woman wearing oversized button down shirt and denim skirt

Aritzia The ’80s Comfy Denim Shirt ($98.00)—Buy Here!

woman wearing beige matching set

Two-Piece Mock Neck + Wide Leg Pant Set ($35.99)—Buy Here!

woman wearing black maxi dress

SOMA Soft Jersey Maxi Bra-Dress ($79.00)—Buy Here!

8. Lead with your personal style.

Mistake: Following trends without considering your personal style can leave you feeling like you’re wearing someone else’s clothes.
Solution: Curate a wardrobe that reflects who you are and makes you feel confident. Experiment with different styles, silhouettes, and colors to find what makes you feel like your best self!

All the products listed are independently & personally selected by our shopping editors.

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