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Whether you have an effortless sense of style or haven't a notion what's going on in your wardrobe, there are certain style mistakes we're all guilty of making from time to time.

These aren't once-off bad outfit choices that we regret a year later, they are more likely lifelong habits that we refuse to break.

Take note of these fashion mistakes to avoid…

1. You avoid white like the plague unless it's summer
Maybe you have a few white tank tops and dresses in your wardrobe for the rare sunny day, but you'd never splash out on a classic white item for the colder months. Sure it would only get dirty and it's WAY too summery. Wrong. Luxurious fabrics like wool, mohair and faux fur look amazing in white and cream – and the colour can often be far more flattering than black! Solange had the right idea dressing her guests in an all-white palette for her recent wedding:

2. You refuse to go a clothes size up
Some shops are sized bigger and some are smaller – that's just the way it is. So if that dress doesn't fit in a 12 but looks great in a 14, what's the problem? It's just a label at the end of the day – what matters is how things look on your body. Model Crystal Renn has spoken before about how she varies from a UK size 8 to a 12 depending on the designer – see, it's not just us!

3. You wouldn't be seen dead in horizontal stripes
Whoever woke up one day and decided that no-one over a size 8 should wear horizontal stripes needs to be told a thing or two. A classic Breton stripe on a well-fitted top is a gorgeous look on any woman, and bold stripes give a great stylish accent to any outfit. Kim Kardashian gets it 100% right with this blazer:

4. You're scared to mix prints
If the thought of wearing two clashing prints has you running for the hills, you're missing out on so many outfit opportunities! Some prints like leopard and camouflage are so mainstream that they can be treated as neutrals, while floral prints work well with almost anything. Diane Kruger is loud and proud in this pretty combo:

5. You think "classic" pieces have to cost a fortune
High street shops like Penneys, H&M and New Look aren't just for throwaway tops and dresses – they do great classic basics too. A great winter jacket or leather boot doesn't have to cost a fortune. Alexa Chung is on the right track with her budget-friendly Topshop coat:

6. You think sparkle is only for evenings
Sequins don't have to be saved for your Christmas party dress – they work well in the daytime too. This street style queen looks glamourous but relaxed in her sequined blazer with low-key jeans and boots:

7. You think sexy is all about showing some skin
Yes, a tiny dress and heels can be totally sexy, but sometimes less is more. A well-cut top and a great pair of jeans can be just as hot as a body-con dress. Emma Watson looks every inch the glamour puss in her black skinnies, black top and white blazer:

8. You avoid clashing colours
Blue and green should never be seen? Nah! Same goes for navy and black – worn right it can be a really fresh and fashion-forward colour combo. Just look at Zoe Saldana's Paris Fashion Week ensemble!

 

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Looking put-together every day might be a breeze for some people, but for most of us, it's a constant battle. Nothing is clean, nothing fits or you just feel you have nothing to wear. We've all been that soldier!

The main thing to keep in mind when having a wardrobe crisis is to stick with classic pieces that work with your shape and style. We're all guilty of making style mistakes though, so here's our guide to some of the worst ones (and the worst culprits)…

1. The wrong fit
Okay, we don't all have a personal tailor to ensure each item of clothing is perfectly form-fitting, but avoid anything that feels too tight or too short – if you're uncomfortable it'll show. By the same token, try not to swamp your frame with clothes that are too loose or baggy. Lily Collins' grey jersey dress would have worked well with a more structured jacket – the overall look is a bit granny-esque. Sorry, Lily!

2. Too matchy-matchy​
Unless you are going for the Mother of the Bride look, there really is no need to perfectly match your shoes and bag to the rest of your outfit. Naya Rivera's dress makes a big statement with its bright colour – the matching shoes are just that bit too much. When wearing a loud print or colour, usually just one item is enough. Rather than matching pieces, try to find things that complement each other.

3. Over-exposure
Boobs…arms…legs… showing off all three can be quite risky. Kelly Rowland's top half looks amazing but is the thigh-high slit really a necessary addition? Too much skin can sometimes look trashy, so unless you are off to the beach (or to bed!), pick just one body part to flaunt.

4. Accessory overload
Bold accessories can really pull an outfit together, but wear too many and you'll look like a hot jewel-encrusted mess. DJ Leigh Lazark must have had sore muscles the next day, after carrying 5kg of bling around for the evening! Use key accessories to enhance your outfit, not to overtake it.

5. Underwear as outerwear
This trend has come and gone over the years but approach it with caution. Rihanna's flimsy floor length camisole might look great in the bedroom but it is a very, very odd choice for a casual Saturday stroll. We're not keen!

6. Choosing trends over style
Just because metallics or fur are all over the catwalk doesn't mean they have to be all over your wardrobe. Try to use current trends to inform your style choices rather than letting them dictate what you wear. Jessica Szohr's printed, wide-leg jumpsuit is just one trend too far…

 

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