Sunday 15 December, 2013

How to avoid being a fashion victim


A fashion victim is a word used to identify a person who is unable to identify commonly recognized boundaries of style. An example is when a woman alters her look too much from season to season, she becomes a fashion victim.


Some women worry when the designer’s bag or outfit of a certain season clashes with must-have accessories of the moment. The truth is carrying a designers brand doesn’t guarantee one being stylish or staying fashionable.


The secret is; try to be fashionable without overdosing on the trends

Here is how to:

Decide if you are wasting too much money on clothing items that last by the season, by assessing the last five items you have purchased. If three or more are touted as the season’s “must-haves,” you’re in danger of being a fashion victim.

Examine your closet to see if more than half of your wardrobe is already out of style according to your favorite fashion sources.

Now, ask yourself if you are buying fashion fads (a fad is an intense but short-lived fashion trend) because you really like them or you use them like a fashion security blanket.

If you decided you always buy all of the fads (a fad is an intense but short-lived fashion trend) because you really like them, you’re not telling the truth so you might as well just stop here.

Note: If you decide you use fads as a fashion security blanket, follow the next steps.

  • Never wear more than two trends together if possible.
  • Stop referring to your clothing by designer (the Gucci jacket, the Dior bag) etc, just call them by the item name.
  • Before buying your next designer item, ask yourself if you would like the item if it didn’t have that designer’s logo: if yes, then buy it.
  • Never, ever wear your sunglasses indoors.


Remember that celebrities often overdo trends for maximum photo impact; they may not translate well for you on a day-to-day basis.

There’s nothing wrong with designer labels. Just make sure you aren’t hiding behind expensive clothes to mask other insecurities.

Lots of fashion victims try to adopt the It Girl “bored look” as an accessory (as perfected by Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Chloe Sevigny). A cheerful disposition will separate you from the dour pack.


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