Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Fashion Faux Pas - Part II

As continued from Monday's post, Pink Ink will offer their opinion and suggestions on the accuracy of traditional Fashion Faux Pas;

Tall women shouldn't wear high heels: 

And why not? Tall women need to feel "diva" too!! 
Whether or not you decide to wear heels or not should not depend on your height. Tall women wearing heels is not about trying to be taller;  it’s about elongating the leg, feeling good, adding to your outfit and being confident.  Pink Ink says "yes" to tall women in heels BUT to all women – if the heels make you walk funny, if wearing heels is uncomfortable or you look hunched over from trying to keep your balance while walking – forego the tall heel and go a bit lower!

Nylons with open toe'd shoes? 

I have to admit – I’ve been guilty of this faux pas in the past. Notice, I said past?  It’s actually in trend to wear hosiery with open toe'd shoes. 
Our friends over at Chatelaine magazine wrote: 
“Times have changed, including our hose options and what we can wear them with. So yes, you can wear hosiery with open toed shoes – but only if you choose an appropriate style of footwear, and a certain type of hosiery.” 
Ensure the type of open toed shoe you are wearing has a heel and looks more like a shoe than a sandal. Try to go for the the shoes that have a back and ankle strap. Also, the thicker strapped shoes go better with nylons/tights. But guess what ladies!! They do make toeless nylons so if you really are not comfortable wearing nylons with open toed shoes choose the toeless nylons!! The fashion gods have thought of everything!!

Never mix prints.

In this day and age you can TOTALLY mix prints.  In fact, mixing prints is one of the hottest fashion trends for the season.  This look is not for the faint of heart - you have to be confident and you have to be comfortable.
Here are some hints that can help you be successful at pulling this off: 

  1. Animal print is now your neutral – I KNOW – who would have thunked it?
  2. Wear a solid coloured shoe to anchor the look.
  3. Try to keep a common theme – eg. colour scheme, dainty prints throughout etc.

Sequins and sparkle are for evening wear only.

This is not true! 
I mean, if you decide to wear a full-length sequined dress to the office then you might stand out - and yes, you will look “odd".  However, you can pair your sequins or sparkle with more structured pieces (i.e. sequin skirt and plain colored top or the sequin top with a jacket) – it can work!! 
When breaking this fashion faux pas please remember one of Pink Ink’s rules – if you have to ask, err on the side of caution.  For example, if you have to ask yourself “Is this too much for me to wear to the office?” then it likely is and you need to tone it down.
Honestly, this fashion faux pas is going to depend on you and your comfort level.

Short women shouldn't wear long dresses. 

Not true. 
In order for a petite woman to wear a long dress she just has to have the correct length. If the dress is too long it ends up looking heavy, too short and you can look boxy. The perfect length on a petite woman is between the ankle and the top of the foot. This is for the maxi dress.  For the long pencil skirt – right at or above the ankle or mid calf. The key to remember is that you want the dress to elongate as opposed to overwhelm. So long lines, solid colors, and dainty prints are your best bet. Any long dress with a big pattern will not look right.  Oh, and add a heel for height!!!

This is Part 2 in a series of posts about the truth or myth behind "Fashion Faux Pas".  Check back Friday for the conclusion!