10 Of The Most Common Fashion Faux Pas That We’re All Guilty Of Making

Try to avoid these at all costs.

A fashion faux pas is one of the biggest sartorial sins one can make when getting dressed. Whether it’s wearing something that should be ironed, well, unironed, or allowing your underwear to show through your outfit, a fashion faux pas can ruin an otherwise on-point outfit.

So, how do you avoid making a fashion faux pas? The main thing to remember is to ensure your clothes are always fresh, clean and fit well. Wearing ill-fitted or dirty clothing is a sure-fire way to look unprofessional. Always buy good quality materials when possible, and match your undergarments with the colour of your outfit. Likewise, ensure proper care is taken to maintain your clothes’ condition — having a hole in your T-shirt is not chic!

Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most common fashion faux pas so you can make sure to avoid them. You’re welcome!


10. Dirty and smelly clothes or fabric with holes

Not only does it look unprofessional, it’ll cheapen your whole outfit.

Ill fitting

9. Clothes that don’t fit

Unless it’s on purpose (from a designer doing oversized tailoring), clothes that don’t fit are a definite no no.  

Ill fitting pants

8. Ill-fitting pants

Camel toe? No thanks!

Un-ironed shirts

7. Unironed clothes that should definitely be ironed

Cotton shirts? They need to be ironed, ladies (and men!).


6. Heels you can’t walk in

There’s nothing worse than seeing a woman hobble around in too-small or too-tall heels.

Socks with sandals

5. Socks with sandals

It might have been cool for a minute, but we wouldn’t recommend trying this fashion faux pas out any time soon.

Low rise jeans

4. Low rise pants with underwear showing

The low waisted jean is gone for a good reason.


3. Food stains

You don’t want to look like a grub!


2. Ugg boots outside the house

It’s just never ok. These are indoor shoes. Indoor!


1. Underwear showing through

A bra strap from a white shirt or an undies line on a tight skirt are not a good look.

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