What Not to Wear, EVER

The point of getting dressed every day is to look your best. Sure, sure, if you are among the genetically blessed and can wear just about anything and rock it, we’re happy for you. For everyone else, choose wisely. Here are 21 things that look good on no one

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Pleated Slacks

They will make you look heavier, shorter and out of date in an instant. Go flat-front, immediately.

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Micro Mini Skirt

They are for the very long and very lean legged (and the under 25 set). The most universally flattering skirt length? To the knee or just below it.

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The Color Orange

It works in pops (as in accessories) or as a part of a fun, island-y print, but otherwise it’s a tricky color to splash across your body.
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Acid Wash Denim

It was popular in 1986. Enough said.
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Capped Sleeves

This style makes even the most well-defined arms look flabby. Better to go with ANY other sleeve length.
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Wide, Horizontal Stripes

Yes, they DO make you look bigger. Best way to wear stripes? Skinny lines that are alternating dark colors (navy and green) or alternating tone on tone (beige and taupe, for example).
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Heels with Shorts

This is the pairing worn by most Vegas cocktail waitresses, and it’s never a classy look. If you’re wearing shorts, choose either flats or wedges.
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Christmas Sweaters

Saturday Night Live performed an entire skit around the hilarity that is a Christmas sweater. Does that sound like a fashion statement you want to make?
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Overalls

Not even chic on the farm. The way to wear denim is in a dark rinse, in the pant leg shape that’s most flattering on your body.
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Hair Accessories That Match Your Outfit

This is what toddlers do, and although it’s great on them, not so much on a grownup.
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Boxy Jackets

Boxy jackets create a boxy silhouette. Not good. Today’s chic jacket shape is fitted and shrunken.
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Flannel Night Gowns

Unless you are sick with the flu and sipping a steaming mug of tea, the flannel gown is not your friend in the bedroom.
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Clothes That Are Too Tight

Tight clothes are an uncomfortable fashion disaster, and the look will add 10 pounds in an instant.
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Nude Pantyhose

Nude hose aren’t fashionable when you’re wearing white, they’re not fashionable in the summer, they’re not even good with a wedding dress. If you want that look, go without hose. If you need coverage but want something light, wear sheer hose in a color.
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Stockings With Sandals

It is a crime against sandals everywhere. They’re sandals, and they’re meant to be worn with bare feet.
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Chipped Nail Polish

It takes approximately three minutes to remove nail polish. You mean to tell me you don’t have time for that??
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Leggings As Pants

They’re meant to be worn under things, like dresses and long tunics, and unless you have the legs of a giraffe you really need to get on board. Even if you DO have the legs of a giraffe, they’re still not pants.
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Wide Whale Corduroys

They add bulk on the place that you least need it, and they make a swooshing sound when you walk. Skip them.
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Logos

Doesn’t matter if it’s a sports team or a fancy designer—wearing logos takes the style out of your look.

Your Husband's Anything

Get over the sentimentality of wearing his college sweatshirt. Not flattering, not fashionable, not necessary.

Muffin Top

Doesn’t look good at any age or on any body type. If your waistband is cutting into you THAT much, it’s time to size up.

 

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First Published February 6, 2012

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Lynette 11.14.2013

Might I ask why all the More models are clearly so much younger than the magazine's target audience?

Lynette 11.14.2013

Women with brown skin look gorgeous in orange, and in more than a little pop. Orange cots, elegant jackets, slacks, you name it.

11.09.2013

I have to disagree with the "no hose with sandals." Flats, ok I agree. Heeled sandals on dressier occasions MUST be worn with hose.

Kenneth Fisher01.30.2013

Ok I was so excited to get home and download the information! I wasn't able to do it! please fix the problem I need it BAD!I love the magazine!

Kenneth Fisher01.30.2013

Ok I was so excited to get home and download the information! I wasn't able to do it! please fix the problem I need it BAD!I love the magazine!

Maya Pinion01.29.2013

Most of those "don't" I agree with. However, I am not going to stop wearing Christmas sweaters or flannel nighties. The former because you're supposed to be festive and have fun at Christmas and the latter because it gets very, very cold in the Pacific Northwest and they're practical!

Maya Pinion01.29.2013

Most of those "don't" I agree with. However, I am not going to stop wearing Christmas sweaters or flannel nighties. The former because you're supposed to be festive and have fun at Christmas and the latter because it gets very, very cold in the Pacific Northwest and they're practical!

Joalle 01.12.2013

Hmm...The one thing about growing older graciously and STYLISHLY, is knowing what looks damn good on yourself. Now I'm all for being fashion conscious and fashion-forward BUT THERE ARE NO RULES except for the personal ones. I'm 65, a size 8, 5'6" - not fat, not skinny. I workout daily and am very toned. But at my age I won't wear dresses/skirts over my knees, won't wear bare arms, ditto to cut down to there in front - although a little V neck in front is still sexy and the black dress with a V in the back all the down-it rocks! A "good" nude stocking with beautiful 2.5 or 3" heels, a pair of cashmere with pleats in the front worn with a silk shirt and pony-hair booties! I love androgynous trousers that fit low on the hip, but we're talking excellent fabric and fit. and maybe a trip to the tailor (everyone should have one!) I wear what I want, am comfortable in for my age and activity, and I never, ever, go out without looking up and down, front and back in a full length mirror! Capped sleeves, nude hose, pleated pants, ruffles...how do you look in the garment? J

05.10.2012

It is interesting to me that some of the most fashionable women in the world, the Duchess of Cambridge and the numerous Parisian women I recently observed during a visit, all wear nude hose. High quality nude hose like DKNY Nudes are very sheer and look quite natural. It is important to invest to get a natural shade and a high quality sheer weight. This is not the place to cut corners. I have to disagree with the article. Nude hose provide a much more polished look than bare, pasty legs.

Linda Renegar05.03.2012

This is one of the first things I read when my mag comes every month! Love it!

04.21.2012

No to nude pantyhose? You've got to be kidding. This is terrible advice. No woman over 30 should go without pantyhose when wearing a short skirt. They make your legs look smoother and shapelier and camouflage the inevitable spider weins and other blemishes. Who wants to deal with messy fake tan creams and lotions that end up looking fake.I can't believe you'd recommend this.
Dianne

STEFANIE 04.21.2012

You were off base with the nixing of orange. There are many shades, and as someone else stated, orange looks amazing on women of color. The pleated pants?? I agree. Definitely a no no. Capped sleeves? Why not? The comment about flabby arms? I disagree. They don't make your arms look flabby!

04.19.2012

Capped sleeves can look good on women who need a little boost in the shoulder- have wider hips. And matching hair accessories, nude hose are just fine can be very stylish. Otherwise the list is pretty right on. :)

04.08.2012

I think certain complexions look great in certain shades of orange. I am still unclear on what nude really is, with all the variations of complexions out there.

Kim 04.05.2012

I disagree about the color orange. Sometimes fashion editors forget that they are dealing with a multi-cultural audience. Most black women, for example, look amazing in orange. Our skin just glows. I would like to see More remember that there is more than one kind of skin color. Now everyone looks bad in khaki around the face. Why was this glaring item missing?

Patricia 03.24.2012

For those of us who still wear size 2-4, pleated trousers (with heels of 2 in. or more) look very flattering, professional and authoritative in the workplace, especially with a simple blouse or fitted top. I love the men's wear look on women who can pull it off.

Patricia 03.24.2012

For those of us who still wear size 2-4, pleated trousers (with heels of 2 in. or more) look very flattering, professional and authoritative in the workplace, especially with a simple blouse or fitted top. I love the men's wear look on women who can pull it off.

Cathy Harvey03.24.2012

Totally agree! I wore short skirts way past the age expiration. Seeing a lovely short skirt suit on a woman my age was the wake-up call I really needed. Her legs were great and the outfit was styled to perfection. It simply didn't match the face. The mirror doesn't always tell the truth! I also cringe when I see anyone over 25 wearing fishnets.

Kamsha Maharaj 03.16.2012

Save capped sleeves, I agree with the list. Capped sleeves, as long as it's the right fit, can be flattering. Also, tights with some open toed sandals are actually quite cute, but it also depends on the type of shoe or shoe bootie. I understand why this rule is here though, the fact that it's a really fine line between fashion forward and fashion backward.
Another thing I won't ever wear is the ever present plunging-down-to-there neckline. Even on flatter chests, it reads as overly exposed and somewhat desperate for attention. Nothing wrong with a bit of cleavage, but none of us want to see another woman's appendix scar or lack thereof.

Liana 03.07.2012

I agree with Debra. Call me old school all you want, but nude hose can look quite lovely when worn correctly. In the Summer I don't think they should be worn with casual seasonal wear, but there is nothing wrong with wearing hose otherwise. I'd rather see a nude share, than a woman wearing two shades too dark, or even colored hose worn incorrectly. And lets face it, most women do not wear hose correctly. Perhaps a tutorial on how to wear hose correctly would be a good thing.

Debra Gilmour03.06.2012

Agreed with the exception of the hose. In some professions (like mine) it is a "have to wear" item. Look at Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, great legs abut the Palace says wear them and she does.
As for having 55 year old legs, I much prefer putting on some nude hose to smearing/spraying on leg makeup (the spray does migrate to other things in the bathroom!) or constantly tanning to cover up spider veins and imperfections.
Please stop the bare legged movement! Quite honestly ladies, it isn't all that pretty! Trust me, I see it and it is anything but...

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