Christian Dior once said: “The three basics of good dressing are simplicity, good taste, and grooming, and they don’t cost money.” Some of us tend to forget about the third, which undermines the value of the first two. Many can relate to a scenario where a stunning picture of your new shoes is tainted by a price tag that you failed to take off.
1. Faded clothes
A black dress can make a queen look like even the most average among us. But if the fabric seems to have been washed dozens of times and its hue is now far from the flawless black it used to be, instead, it will make you look unkempt. It refers not to black clothes alone, but to any saturated colors.
What to do: Wash in cold water your bright and black clothes and don’t get dry. When cleaning, you can add vinegar, black coffee or tea to retain the pigment. Clothes made from flax or acetate are the most prone to fading, while wool and nylon can maintain their color for longer.
2. Not perfectly white clothes
White can have a positive effect on your skin, just like black, but only if it’s good. A once white piece of clothing’s yellow or gray shades will make you look messy and dreary. Sweat stains on white clothes are perhaps the most unrefined of all.
What to do: take a new white clothes product and compare it to all the white clothes you’ve got. Slight yellowing signs can be removed when washing whites by adding hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or lemon juice. If the yellow has firmly set in, however, it may be best to get rid of that piece of clothing.
3. Negligently rolled up sleeves
Well rolled clothes sleeves should make your image more vibrant and youthful. But the sleeves pushed up like an accordion will make you the guy who in his life has never worn a button-down the shirt.
How to do it right: unfasten the buttons on the sleeve, straighten and turn the cuff inwards, making 1-2 turns for the cuff’s entire width. If the fabric on the cuffs on the wrong side varies in color from the main one, an Italian sleeve tuck can be made (see this 1:25 video).
4. Harem pants
Low-step trousers (also known as “Harem” pants) do not raise questions if they are worn by a hip-hop artist or a fairy tale character. Such pants look just like an unsuccessful attempt to appear younger or more trendy in any other situation.
What to do: If you can’t just give up wearing these shoes, pairing them with sneakers or sandals at least would be easier. You can use a basic T-shirt or tank as the top item of the ensemble.
5. Dandruff on clothes
Dandruff traces on clothes look simply unforgettable. The only thing they want to do when people see this is to step back.
What to do: Dandruff shows you are doing something wrong in terms of health. Perhaps your head’s skin is too dry, or you’re not taking enough of a vitamin. A trichologist will help you figure it all out, trying not to wear a dark top until then.
6. Too many accessories
Going over the top with jewelry can turn even a carefully thought out outfit into something uncomfortable, especially in combination with bright make-up.
What to do: We were told by the Great Coco Chanel to remove the last piece we put on before we left the house. Usually, it’s the one that turns out to be superfluous after all.