For the Fashion-Challenged Clothing Flunkie (Yeah, That’s Me)

August 9, 2010


Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others. -Benjamin Franklin

I think I have failed on both accounts. :pinch:

When you go on vacation– even a short day trip– have you ever thought about what you wear? About what an eyesore your wardrobe can be sometimes? LOL.. my wardrobe is, frankly, awful. I am an “anything goes” type of gal. I confess! I am! I dress for myself. Ben would be so upset at me!!

Did you know that Americans are considered the WORST-DRESSED tourists in the world? We have strayed far, faaaaaar from our Constitutional moorings, people! We represent the greatest country in the world! We should dress the part!

So I want you to check out these “wardrobe malfunctions.” Do any of these apply to you? I confess– I am a great transgressor of Rule #2. I dislike high heels, and I am always stumbling in flip-flops. So I wear sneakers. 😳 Oops, heehee.

Check these out. Tell me which ones you transgress. Or, if you are a fashion freak, tell me which ones you despise most of all.

Rule 1: Leggings are NOT pants

Leggings are a style trend nation-wide. They are easy to pack and can be a comfortable and stylish choice for travel, if you keep some simple guidelines in mind:
DO: Pack darker leggings in a better quality.
DO: Cover your leggings up with a lightweight tunic or longer shirt that falls below your derriere.
DON’T: Treat leggings like pants.  Refer to Rule 1!

I agree! I HATE leggings. I do not like seeing ladies wear such butt-tight pants, they look like ha***ts.

Rule 2: Never pair sneakers with a summer dress

Soft, comfortable dresses in soft floral prints say “summer” in any language. We know you want to be comfortable but anchoring your breezy look with clunky shoes or sneakers is a fashion faux-pas. Instead,
DO: Pair your “flowy” dress with comfortable, open-toed sandals.
DO: Pick a print that’s designed to blend in, not stand out.
DON’T: Don’t think you have to sacrifice style for comfort. Style and arch support do co-exist.

When it’s a choice between style and comfort, I admit that I always opt for comfort. My days of heels and loose sandals are over. I don’t think I’m likely to change….

Rule 3: Leave your fanny pack with your hiking gear

The name says it all: Fanny Pack. Wrapping one of these around your waist highlights an area you probably don’t want to draw attention to!  First, keep in mind that dressing for your body type is key for all occasions, at home and away.  Then,
DO: Skirt the issue!  Start fresh with a long white skirt that flatters your figure; then pair it with neutrals to blend in, not stand out, in a crowd.
DO: Opt for simple flat sandals that are as comfy as sneakers.  Refer to Rule 2!
DO: Choose a small shoulder bag to carry your belongings.
DON’T: Dress in loud prints or other attention-grabbing accoutrements.

When fanny packs came out in the 80s, I had one. For about two months. Ugh, they are uncomfortable! I think they look ugly, too. I love the hands-free element, but I don’t want all my stuff (keys, wallet, camera, cell phone, pencils, credit cards, checkbook, grocery lists, and chewing gum) stuffed into a fanny pack. The thing would hang down to my ankles.

Rule 4: Don’t let summer breezes blow your style away

You’re showing your style in a simple summer dress when the weather turns cool. Be prepared by keeping these tips in mind:
DO: Take along a crop cardigan or shrug that blends with the colors of your outfit.
DO: Top your look with a slim black belt fastened at your waist for a tinier, more flattering silhouette.
DON’T: Cover up your stylish summer look with an out-of-date poncho or out of season sweater.

I am bad about this, too. I don’t wear dresses all that often. But the only summer “tweener” I have between hot weather and cold is an olive green zippered sweatshirt hoodie. Ben would be pretty mad at me if he saw it.

Rule 5: Leave your favorite pair of “holey” jeans at home

Yes, jeans are comfortable, and if they’re all in one piece, they are a vacation must.  But we suggest being selective.  What’s acceptable to your friends may come off as offensive or unwelcoming to others.
DO: Pair stylish cuffed “boyfriend” jeans with a soft top for a look that’s feminine and relaxed.
DO: Complete the look with a cute, detailed sandal and classic tops that are flirty and fun.
DON’T: Wear jeans that are so frayed and torn that they bare more skin than they cover. These are not appropriate anywhere, anytime

Now this is why I like DressBarn: they are decent. The realize that grungy, revealing clothing does not make a woman look attractive.

So how did you do? What Rule did you find most useful? Which Rule Breaking photo do you think is the worst of all?

The DressBarn is having pity on me. I think they realize what a fashion flunkie I am. They sent me a $25 gift card to beef up my wardrobe a little and to bring you this helpful post. 😀 It’s actually perfect timing, because I went to the DressBarn for the first time a few weeks ago, to look for some clothes for my Manhattan trip. I was floored with the incredible choices of clothing there. I’ll never buy junk from Walmart again! I was so impressed with DressBarn, and everything is REALLY affordable. The clothing is very feminine, and they always have sales. I started an account there, and have been very pleased. If you need nice looking, decent, pretty clothes, I recommend them. Who knows, I may even become a Posh Mom someday!!! So, thanks, DressBarn!

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3 Responses to “For the Fashion-Challenged Clothing Flunkie (Yeah, That’s Me)”

  1. Jen Says:

    I’m a Don’t. I need to work on that. Bright side.. I haven’t left the country in years so I am not embarrassing Ben at all.

  2. Connie Says:

    I’m trying to update my wardrobe and make it more ‘girly’. Less t-shirts, more colors other than black. I’m trying! btw.. I’ll argue the sneakers and dress ‘don’t’… but you gotta do it right. Casual dress plus sneakers, like Keds can work… but NOT big bulky tennis shoes, and definitely NO socks.

  3. cardiogirl Says:

    Please hide the midriff. Please ladies? I think Borat is the only guy who shows his midriff and I will issue this plea directly to him.

    Borat. Leave that short mesh shirt at home along with the banana hammock. Thank you in advance.