It’s true, de gustibus non disputandum est.
But everything has a limit.
I don’t want to be too harsh, but there are clothes and accessories that objectively don’t enhance very much, or give a sloppy look even to the most elegant outfit.
So here my personal list of MUST (not) HAVE:
I understand it’s cold, I understand the comfort, I understand the practicality.
But there are so many nice boots for winter time: comfortable, warm and that don’t make us look like Bigfoot… Well, if men define them as anti-sexy boots, there is a reason…
They have tried in every way to make us like them: they improved the shape, they have expanded the range of colors, they have invested on blogs and fashion magazines. But they remain German slippers.
If you want to use them at home when no one can see you, go ahead. But if you want to go out, they would make even a Chanel outfit look sloppy. I’m telling you.
It’s a evil difficult to eradicate. And I don’t understand why. After all, they aren’t even that comfortable: they tighten the calf worse than a tourniquet. And they even leave a mark. They also remind me a lot of nuns (with all due respect for religious ones).
Well, beneath pants you can wear simple thin black socks or over-the-knee socks (more appreciated by men). But knee highs are a no.
SNEAKERS WITH HIDDEN HEEL
For few years, casual or sports shoes with hidden heel have tried to establish themselves on the market. And I am perplexed by the word hidden. Who wears them and really thinks you can’t see the heel? Or do they appreciate them just as they are?
I believe that in life (and in style) you must make choices and be as consistent as possible. If the classic flat shoes is not for you, never mind. There are a lot of alternatives.
I had a little hesitation about including them among the Must-NOT-Have, because leggings themselves are not a problem. The problem is their misuse, which happens often. In particular, I’m talking about leggings used instead of pants on short t-shirts; semitransparent embarrassing leggings; leggings paired with sandals; white leggings; calf length leggings; very tight leggings around your lady parts. I’ll stop there.
Personally, I am not part of the fanatics who go without socks even in below zero degrees. Indeed, I think that on certain occasions black veiled stockings are more elegant and also very sexy (especially if hold-ups). But I don’t compromise when it comes to what to wear during the day time: I prefer dark, matte and thick stockings (50 denier up, depending on the season). Instead, what I find unwatchable are 20 denier mink stockings. When I see them worn by ladies (even young, eh?), I really don’t understand it, and I can’t get over it.
They are the perfect example that style and fashion are two different things. Sometimes, very different.
Apart from the fact that they would make even a Swedish model look shorter, let alone us Mediterranean women with a low barycenter look average.
But the real problem is that I always found them to be a bit vulgar. I don’t know why (read ironically), but when I think of gladiator sandals I can think of more Kim Kardashian than Charlotte Casiraghi…
BRA WITH TRANSPARENT BRACES
Here I am equally perplexed as I am of the hidden heel inside sneakers: who wears these type of bra and thinks that you can’t see silicon braces? Or loves putting them on display deliberately?
I appreciate the good intentions of those who invented them: in fact they would be very comfortable and if you couldn’t see them…great. But the harsh reality is that these braces are transparent, not invisible.
Some women love important, gaudy, sometimes edgy and trendy accessories. So far nothing bad.
A golden rule when choosing jewelry is respect of proportions. For example, earrings should never be longer than your nose.
Sometimes, I see some real Murano glass chandeliers hanging from the poor lobes, now deformed. Give yourself a limit!
Regarding oversized hoop earrings, I would recommend them only if you plan to launch yourself into tarot card reading business.
TOO MANY LOGOS (OR ALL TOGETHER)
Several times on this blog I have reminded you that style is not a matter of budget.
F of Fendi, G of Gucci, LV monogram, tartan Burberry: put on LESS, please. In conclusion, even here give yourself a limit.
When you are too anxious to look rich, you run the risk of seeming gaudy. And it’s very sad. Focus on the quality, not the logos. The effect will be more effective, trust me!