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Crime #1: Wearing a dress and flip-flops to a party
It may feel comfy, but the flip-flops and a dress combo looks
a bit sloppy, especially if your flip flops are jelly or rubber. It’s nice to wear comfy kicks, but a pair of
flats or casual heels will look much better with a dress. Flip-flops go well
with casual dresses but won’t work with a party dress, unless the party’s at
Uttam London Butterfly Zip Dress, $21, dorothyperkins.com
Day to Remember Heel, $30, modcloth.com
Cap Toe Pointy Flats in Sweet Cranberry, $45, gap.com
Crime #2: Spending, but never wearing
Don’t spend gobs of money on a designer item you’ve been
wanting for a long time and never ever wear. If ya love something, like those trendy
shoes or that pricey dress, don’t let it hang in your closet forever! It’s
important to get as much use out of what you bought, whether it’s lipstick or a
pair of designer jeans. Fashion’s meant to be worn, even if you have to take it
to the dry cleaner every once in a while.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Dragon, $27, debenhams.com
Topshop Petite Embroidered Prom Dress, $100, topshop.com
J Brand 485 Luxe Sateen Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, $185, net-a-porter.com
Crime #3: Blasphemous beauty
Sometimes putting everything on is too much. Try toning your
makeup down so that it doesn’t overwhelm your face. You can look fab with just
a shade of pink lipstick and black mascara. Beauty is all about finding the
makeup fit for you and making it look natural.
Topshop Lipstick in Pink, $8, johnlewis.com
NYX ‘Doll Eye’ Mascara, $9, nordstrom.com
Sephora Collection Long-Lasting Ultra Vinyl Eyeliner, $11, sephora.com
Crime #4: Do it ‘cause they want it
Don’t dress in something because someone told you to. Never
wear that high-low dress ‘cause some guy likes it best on you. Instead, stick
to your roots and choose clothes and styles that YOU like. If you continue to
please people by dressing how they like, you’re gonna lose your true style and
morph into some unknown amalgamation…
Always Be Yourself Unicorn Tee, $20, delias.com
Crime #5: Too many heels
Wearing heels when you have to do a lot of walking is never a
good idea. If you’re on vacation or in a city, opt for flats or boots. They’ll
make your experience more fun because you won’t have to worry about your
aching, heel-clad feet. If you can’t bear to be parted from your stilettos,
pack an emergency pair of flats in your bag so you can change as soon as your
feet begin to hurt.
Mustachioed Pistachio Flat, $33, modcloth.com
Chinese Laundry Edendale Flat, $50, dsw.com
Zara Faux Suede Ballerina Flat, $26, zara.com
Crime #6: Borrowing babe
It’s risky to let someone else borrow your clothes, unless
they’re someone you can trust (like a BFF or a close cousin). People you don’t
know very well may damage or hurt your fave fashions. Make sure you trust the
friend that asks to borrow those totally cute pair of heels you have. The same
goes for when you want to borrow something of your friends—make sure you aren’t
wearing it anywhere where it can be damaged or get dirty. Friendship bracelets
are great ways to express your friendship through fashion instead of letting
your best bud borrow everything.
With Love From CA 3 Pack Friendship Bracelets, $11, pacsun.com
Marc by Marc Jacobs Multi Woven Star Friendship Bracelet, $38, couture.zappos.com
Accessorize Cute Pearly Owl Friendship Bracelet, $10, accessorize.com
Crime #7: Asking away
Asking for something way too expensive from your friends for
a holiday or birthday gift is never appropriate. You don’t want to ask for
something way outside your friends’ budgets; it’ll seem unfair to them and make
you seem unappreciative. Be modest about what you ask for and make sure it’s
well in their price-ranges. This goes for parents and relatives, too.
Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist & Hydrating Body Lotion Gift Set, $22, victoriassecret.com
Sephora Collection The Night Is Young Clutch, $22, sephora.com
Aztec Goddess Cuff, $18, swell.com
Crime #8: Sizing problems
We know you’re guilty of this: Don’t ever buy something
that’s too big or too small just because it’s on sale or the only size in
stock. Make sure everything you buy fits you perfectly—you don’t want a
too-tight miniskirt or a dress that’s two sizes too big! If ya love something
you saw but it wasn’t in your size, it just wasn’t meant to be. That being
said, if you really love something that doesn’t fit you perfectly, you can
generally take it to a tailor and have it made to fit you.
Miss Selfridge Cream Oversized Cardigan, $44, missselfridge.com
Topshop Sporty Bodycon Tunis, $45, topshop.com
Monica Neon Bright Aztec Print Mini Skirt, $16, boohoo.com
Crime #9: People pleaser
Don’t buy something because you know your friends or the
so-called popular girls will like it. Buying anything that isn’t your style to
impress someone else won’t make you happy. Don’t try dressing like anyone else
or pleasing them—it isn’t worth the time or effort. Just be you!
Stay true to yourself with this super cute BCBGeneration Gold-Tone Turquoise Suede True Love Affirmation Necklace, $18, macys.com
Crime #10: So what, style?
Never desert your true style. If you love that banana-print
shirt, buy it. If you’re instantly drawn to that bright purple eye shadow, rock
it. If you see something you love, don’t pass it up because it’s not “cool” or
you think you’d be made fun of if you wore it. If you stick with what you like,
you’ll be the most fashionable gal there is, because true style is being
NARS Single Eye Shadow in Daphne, $24, sephora.com
Topshop Banana Print Denim Biker Jacket, $120, topshop.com
Lotus Bomb Shades, $20, nastygal.com
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