Fashion Faux Pas: Eight Style Errors that Make You Look Heavier

“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression—there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” –Marc Jacobs

Clothes are meant to flatter your figure and are made to make you feel and look your best, regardless of whether you shop for them in retail stores or get them as wholesale clothing. But as great as clothes are, there are innumerable fashion errors one could commit that would be detrimental to one’s style. By now, we have all heard style pundits and self-proclaimed fashion experts proffer their take on how some sartorial items can make one age in years, but did you know that there are also some clothing items that would make one look heftier than one really is? If you are not careful and meticulous enough with what you wear, you may end up selecting clothing with design elements that can add visual poundage—a fashion blunder as well as a nightmare for most style enthusiasts.

To prevent this from happening, do not simply avoid these errors, instead purge your closets and wardrobes from these clothing items today and invest in something that is guaranteed to make you look fabulous instead.


1.) Wearing fitted pieces that do not fit

Sometimes, when women are in denial, they try to cram themselves into fitted pieces of clothing that once fit them perfectly but no longer do. Issues such as straining over the bust, puckering at the armholes and collapsing at the shoulders are nothing new to them, but these are cardinal signs of a clothing item that no longer fits. One way to make sure this does not happen is to get to know your local tailor and remember that if it looks bad on the model, it would probably look even worse in real life—and less likely to look great on you.


2.) Wearing poor quality pieces

They have sloppy finishes, lopsided cuts, and crappy trips or even substandard fabric—really, why would anyone even think of buying these poor-quality clothing pieces? You certainly do not need to buy any of these items. However, this kind of issues is not solely limited to cheap and affordable clothing. Even clothes with a hefty price tag would be poorly designed, so be sure to double check.


3.) Wearing Menswear made for men

Menswear clothing can be stylish and alluring—pieces such as pantsuits, hoodies, crew tees and button-downs are a staple for any closet after all. However, to flatter and complement your figure, it should be tailored appropriately for a woman’s shape and not for a man’s. You will immediately notice the glaring difference between how a woman’s body is built from a man’s once you have tried on one of their shirts. Wearing anything designed for our male counterparts would definitely add bulk and make us appear heavier than we truly are.


4.) Wearing Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans undoubtedly make anyone look a lot thinner hence the titular name. Perhaps this is the main reason why this fashion staple has become a mainstay in many women’s closets. However, while it looks great on some girls, unfortunately for some, the same cannot be said as it will only accentuate their large areas instead of making them appear svelte. One great rule to remember when wearing skinny jeans is, if you have to struggle to get into them, they are going to make you look bigger.


5.) Wearing puffy coats

Puffy coats are perfect for the winter and colder seasons that it would not come as a surprise that they do no favors for your figure. Unfortunately, in colder months, we do not have much of an option, but luckily there are puffy coats that would not conceal your figure. These coats are designed in a way that they are cinched at the waist so that wearing them would not only keep you warm but show off your figure as well.


6.) You layer too many clothes

Layering is a great fashion technique that would make any ensemble look instantly stylish and a lot more appealing. However, it must be done in such a way that the clothes would not engulf you and end up overwhelming your figure. Some ladies would rely on layering clothes to conceal unwanted and bulk areas, but this is counterintuitive as over-layering would only achieve in making you look bulkier. Instead, layer clothes wisely and choose clothes that would complement your figure.


7.) Wearing the wrong bra

Your undergarments serve as the foundation of your clothing and how they fit would be a significant contributor on how your complete ensemble would look. Naturally, choosing ill-fitting undergarments such as bras that are a size too small under a fitted blouse would add pounds to your look. Ill-fitting bras tend to make some of your fat or skin rolls spill out if they are a size too small and would not offer much support if they are a size too big. So, make sure to invest in undergarments that do fit you to avoid those muffin tops and fat rolls from being seen.


8.) Wearing too tight clothes

Tight clothes do nothing for your blood circulation but do wonders for highlighting your curves and making you appear sexier and more seductive. Unfortunately, for heavyset women or women with a little weight, tight clothes can be the bane of their existence as it will only draw attention to areas where you have extra weight. Do not commit the fashion blunder of forcing yourself into tight clothes when you know you are a bit on the heavy side as it will only make you look even more robust. One rule of thumb to remember as regards tight clothes is that when you start to see rolls and creases, then it is probably too tight for you.


Your clothes have a lot to say about you and your personality, so make sure you are making a good impression with what you have on. If you are aiming for a slender, cleaner and more polished look, avoid the style errors and above and stick to the pieces that you know would complement you best.


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