An award-winning fashion stylist has revealed that the most common wardrobe fails – and how to avoid them.
Susie Hasler, 36, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, runs Stylized by Susie, specialized in women whose body shape has been changed by a baby, the menopause or because they have arrived or lost weight.
& # 39; Over the past seven years I have gained insight into the wardrobes of thousands of ladies and have seen the same mistakes over and over again & # 39 ;, she said.
"These errors mean that clothing is not being worn and encourages women to keep buying and buying in the hope of completing the perfect wardrobe. This leads to a waste of shopping. & # 39;
As Styled By Susie celebrates reaching 20,000 fans Instagram and opens appointments for new bookings in September, Susie has put together her top 11 wardrobe errors.
She also gave tips about the best high street shops to choose for your body shape.
1. Purchase sales clothing only because they are cheap
Stylist Susie Hasler, 36, pictured, from West Sussex, has revealed the biggest mistakes in the wardrobe that everyone makes
Don't be tempted by bargains that draw your attention at the end of the summer sale!
Many stores buy clothes to sell cheaply – it is not real stock from the previous season that just remains.
There is also usually a very good reason why something has not been sold. If I have tried the same item at different customers and it has not worked for any customer, I can guarantee that I will see it on sale a few months later.
If an item is good, it is quickly sold out and will not return. Selling errors are the outfit that will be in your wardrobe and will never be worn.
2. Possessing too much black
It is something that most women are guilty of – possessing too much black. We prefer it because it is a slimming color.
However, most body shapes look better in a print or pattern instead. Black can be a color that women often hide in because they feel they stand out because of a stronger color or print. But this is not the case.
A print serves as a filter and is much flattering to skim over corners.
But don't completely rule out black. It is a handy neutral for most cabinets, but it is important to also add splashes of color.
Susie said she often makes the same mistakes & # 39; time and time again & # 39; sees and suggests that they lead to a waste of shopping – but says that a sustainable wardrobe & # 39; lifespan, joy and confidence & # 39; would give
3. Keep clothing smaller
This is a big no-no. Do not do it! When you see clothing in your wardrobe that no longer suits you as they once did, you eventually feel empty.
Realistically, your size won't change so drastically, even if you lose a few pounds.
4. Not enough basics
This is the reason behind the saying: "I have too many clothes but nothing to wear."
When you occasionally buy clothes throughout the year, you are less likely to be able to form a capsule wardrobe.
You can opt for a nicely printed skirt, but when you get it home, you realize that it doesn't help you.
Basics are the so-called & # 39; boring & # 39; items that you are likely to find in stores – it's T-shirts, cardigans, cardigans and knitwear.
These act as the glue to pull together so many outfits. For example, a simple white T-shirt can be worn with jeans, a coordinated suit, in a pleated skirt or under dungarees.
Only that one T-shirt gives you at least 4 different outfits! You don't have to spend a lot of money on the basics, and sometimes the best ones are the cheap ones.
Pay particular attention to your white T-shirts and when they begin to & # 39; yellow & # 39 ;, it's time to replace them.
All outfits that you have in your wardrobe must match the size that you have now – not when you have reached your ideal weight goal.
This way, when you open your wardrobe doors, you have a choice of everything in it.
However, if you fluctuate between different sizes, perhaps for health reasons, you must keep the other sizes vacuum-packed in the attic or at the back of the wardrobe.
5. Not enough shoes to match your outfits
I always advise my clients to dress up. Search for shoes in neutral colors, that way you can match them with more clothing.
A red pair of trainers may seem like a fun, spontaneous purchase, but you have fewer outfits to wear with.
While a pair of white or metal sneakers probably fit better with many outfits, including dresses with patterns, pants, jeans and jumpsuits.
If you plan on what you will wear from the feet, you will find it easier to put together an outfit.
This does not mean that you have to own 20 pairs of shoes, just fewer pairs that fit more clothing.
6. Wear baggy clothing
Yes, you can feel more comfortable with baggy clothes, but they will also make you look bigger and completely hide your silhouette.
I have met customers who wear clothing that is two or even three sizes larger than their actual size. The outfits drown their figures. Continue to wear your size and wear well.
Women tend to dislike the feeling of tighter clothing, so a wider fit makes them feel more comfortable.
If this sounds familiar, you can still add a looser layer to your tailored outfit. For example, skinny jeans and a cardigan will be sufficiently fitted, but a beautifully printed kimono adds that & # 39; safe layer & # 39; so that you do not feel exposed.
You will still look stylish, but show more of your beautiful silhouette.
The stylist – who specializes in & # 39; real women & # 39; and their style – suggested that women are often too dependent on wearing black
Where to shop in the main street for YOUR body shape
● next one: They will work well for your round hips because their jeans also fit well around the waist. They are also great for smart pants and summer shorts.
● H&M: Great for tops that show off your beautiful delicate shoulders and décolleté. Look for the ones with details on the shoulders and beautiful prints.
● Oasis: Look for beautiful tops or embellished collars and necklines.
● river island: Their jeans will work well for your shape and they offer a great online Curve range if you are larger than size 18.
● next one: Great for jeans and basics that don't stick to the belly.
● Mint Velvet: A higher price, but their clothing flatters curves and a fuller bust.
● Topshop: Their jeans work well for your curved shape and fit well on the hips and waist. You may have to make the size bigger, because the size of Topshop is not too generous!
● Dorothy Perkins: Their dresses work well for hourglasses because they accentuate your waist and skim over the hips.
● Stockroom: They excel in A-line cuts, especially winter skirts that you can wear with a fine knit in the waistband.
● Zara and H&M work well for jeans and pants because they are cut slightly narrower on the hips.
● H&M are great for rectangular shapes because they are cut well for their silhouette and they usually have a large selection of prints, patterns and fabrics. Try their loose pants that fit well on your hips.
● Mango is great if you like a simpler, chic look and it is also affordable. Perfect for rectangular ladies.
● New look: Great for skirts that are a bit narrower on the hips, so show off your narrowest point.
● Silence: A higher price, but their dresses and tops are generously cut for the upper half of the strawberry.
● river island: Their jeans will show off those killing legs. Choose light colors and tears.
● Stockroom: Great for tops and blouses that fit well on wider shoulders and a fuller bust. Maybe you should make a size bigger.
Unfortunately, the series are scarce for ladies with large sizes, but there are many options online that work so well for my customers. Most stores have an online & # 39; Curve & # 39; assortment. Some of my favorites are:
● Mango Violeta Range, New Look Curve, Very Curve, River Island Plus and Dorothy Perkins Curve
● If you prefer to shop in the store, I am a fan of your clothes for ladies with large sizes. It is not a visually attractive store, but the clothing is great and so flattering.
● Evans have also improved in recent years and are excellent for stylish shoes in a wide fit.
7. Save something for the best
Live by the motto: every day is the best! It is such a shame to keep a nice dress for that one night that you can get for a year.
8. Keep clothing for sentimental reasons
You may want to hold an item or an outfit because it reminds you of a special time or a special person who bought it for you.
You probably haven't worn it for years, but you don't feel like you can give it up because of your emotional attachment to the item.
If you really can't bear to give it up or pass it on to someone wearing it, keep it somewhere in a box.
Don't leave it hanging in your wardrobe – this should be kept for daily outfits. Instead, keep the memories in mind.
In any case, wear the dress for that romantic night, but then combine it during the day with trainers or ankle boots – you'll feel a million dollars.
Women tell me that they are uninspired every day and stagnate when they wear jeans every day.
Mix it by wearing them under that beautiful dress. Dresses can be more comfortable and, unless it's a cocktail dress, don't save it for the best!
9. Buy elegant shoes
Ballet pumps, kitten heels and baseball trainers work for very few body shapes.
A graceful shoe makes the feet appear smaller, making the hips and belly wider.
If you are a curvy woman, shoes with a chunkier sole fit better.
A larger pair will balance a curvier silhouette, and even swapping ballet pumps for loafers will make a huge difference to your workwear.
If you have a rectangular body shape or a strawberry with a wider upper half, choose elegant footwear that keeps your shape in balance.
A thick shoe in these shapes would overwhelm your silhouette.
Sophie said that a common mistake she often saw in women's cupboards is not enough & # 39; basics & # 39; in your wardrobe, like simple t-shirts that could be worn with anything
10. Buy the wrong jeans for your shape
Jeans don't have to be difficult to buy, you just have to know which ones fit your shape.
If you have an apple shape and tend to carry most of your weight around your middle, you should choose jeans that pull the eye to your legs. Choose lighter colors or jeans with cracks on the knee.
If you have a pear shape, you are wider on the hips than on the shoulders and look best in darker denim such as indigo or black.
Most women work best with a high waist style. Also make sure that the back pockets are not too small – larger pockets will be flatter and they are also a sign of better quality jeans.
Skinny jeans work well in all shapes and for all ages, but if you are arched, it is important to follow my footwear advice above.
11. Not having enough costume jewelry
Jewelery jewelry dates quickly, so it's important to never spend too much money on it and update it regularly. It can really add shine, flair and personality to an outfit.
Jewelry can make a big difference in your shape – for example, if you have a larger bust, adding a long necklace will make your upper half narrower.
Earrings fit all women and I call them & # 39; a bra for your face & # 39; because they give you a natural facelift!
Sophie pointed out how important it was to buy the right jeans for your shape, suggesting that most women look best with a high waist
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