As fashion editors, we obviously do a lot of talking about fashion advice you should consider following. But sometimes it’s even more interesting to ponder the advice we recommend you don't follow—including some we’ve received ourselves.
In the name of straight-up curiosity, we Who What Wear editors had a chat among ourselves to share and learn the worst fashion advice we’ve ever been given. Whether it’s from an unnamed personal source or just something we read during our studies of the fashion world at large, these nonstarters are just not worth heeding. (But we have some ideas regarding what is!)
Keep scrolling to read the worst fashion advice our editors have ever received!
“The worst fashion advice I’ve received is that your shoes and your bag always need to match! I wouldn’t say I ruined outfits in the years I followed this misleading maxim, but it definitely curbed many an ensemble’s full potential.”
Instead: Try injecting contrasting colors into your look for a more dimensional effect.
“The worst fashion advice I’ve received is to never mix jewelry metals. Now I think wearing silver, gold, and rose-gold jewelry pieces together looks cooler than simply sticking to one metal.”
Instead: Mix metals within the same type of jewelry. E.g., try wearing multiple rings that are different metals, or wear several necklaces that are different metals. This looks a little more intentional than wearing a gold necklace, a silver ring, and a rose-gold bracelet, for example.
“I’ve been told not to wear black and navy together many times before. I used to follow this advice until I realized I love wearing the two colors together. I haven’t looked back since!”
Instead: Wear predominantly one color with accents of the other.
“I’ve been told innumerable times throughout my life not to wear something, because I wouldn’t appeal to male sensibilities. Pishposh to that! I’ve always done exactly as I pleased when it comes to attracting the opposite sex, and I’d say I’ve done pretty well so far.”
Instead: Try putting together looks based only on your own preferences, and see how you feel!
“The worst advice I’ve heard is not to buy something if it isn’t practical. Fashion should be fun, and fun doesn’t always mean practical. Life is short, so go ahead and buy those light pink suede shoes and don’t look back!”
Instead: Spend your money wisely, investing mostly in classic pieces and letting yourself splurge occasionally on trendy items.
“Many years ago, I wanted to make some of my T-shirts shorter in length, back when I used to wear really tight shirts (this was before half-tucking was cool!). Someone gave me the advice to impromptu-hem the T-shirt by legit using masking tape and tucking in how much I wanted shortened and taping it on the inside. It was terrible advice. I tried it a few times—but it made me look like my tees were lopsided, bulky, and awkward. Never again.”
Instead: Try our genius hack to shorten your shirt without it looking clumsy.
“I’ve always disliked the so-called ‘rule’ that you can't wear black with brown, because I’ve seen so many well-done iterations of that color combo.”
Instead: Stick with deeper shades of brown, and mixing textures helps, too, like wearing black skinny jeans with a brown suede jacket, for instance.
“Why I ever followed this ‘fashion rule’ is beyond me! Any fashion advice that starts with ‘You can’t wear…’ is basically the worst (unless it’s regarding office attire or dress code for an event). If you feel confident that your outfit is appropriate, then go for it!”
Instead: Go for a denim-on-denim look by mixing colors, and different textures give the combo a fresh spin.
What’s the worst fashion advice you’ve ever heard? Tell us below!