How to Avoid Being a Fashion Victim
Worried that your this-season designer bag clashes with your must-have boots and of-the-moment dress? Here's how to look fashionable without overdosing on the trends.
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- 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 steps.
- Never wear more than two trends together if possible.
- Stop referring to your clothing by designer (the Gucci jacket, the Dior bag) and just call them by the item name.
- Before buying your next designer item, ask yourself if you'd like the item if it didn't have the chi chi logo: if yes, then buy it.
- Never, ever wear your sunglasses indoors.
- 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, Kate Moss 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.