I love thrift-store shopping. Depending on the store, of course, you can find some unique and beautiful pieces that help express your personal style. It takes a little more digging than just going to a department store; but on the other hand, you're much less likely to end up in a public place with someone else wearing the exact same outfit: fashion death!
Plus, it's cheap.
My in-laws gave me a TJ Maxx
gift certificate for my birthday, though, so I went shopping there today. It's a bit more of a challenge. Not that I'm averse to a bit of a challenge! There's kind of a hodgepodge of items to pick through, like a thrift store, but everything costs a little more than it should, and many of the items are heartbreakingly ugly. I did find three very nice new tops. But the trip also made it clear that it's incumbent on me, as a public service, to post a quick list of all-time fashion don'ts. I don't give a rat's ass if these things are in style and all your friends are wearing them: DON'T!Shoulder pads.
Just when you were heaving a sigh of relief, deciding the 80s were just a horrible, cocaine-fueled nightmare, you come across something with shoulder pads at what is supposed to be a respectable clothing store. Do you really want to look like a football player? It's okay to buy these shirts, though: this is why God, in Her infinite wisdom, gave us scissors and garbage cans.Stripes.
Stripes should be worn in black and white ONLY, do you hear me? And no, navy is not an acceptable alternative. We all know you're not a sailor, no matter how many - never mind.Animal prints.
Be they zebra, leopard, giraffe, crocodile, or any other animal pattern; be they on shoes, bags, or garments, animal prints are tacky, tacky, tacky. Why not put on rhinestone-studded glasses and a quarter-inch-thick layer of lipstick while you're at it?Excessive ornamentation.
This includes fringe, non-functional buttons, seashells, rhinestones (shudder)
, and aggressive beading. Delicate beading is okay.Neon colors.
Acceptable on swimwear, nowhere else.Pant or skirt sets which use the same print on the top as on the bottom.
Ugh! Solids are okay, though you really ought to mix it up a little. But wearing the exact same print on your blouse as your capris makes the baby Jesus cry.Long, pointy-toed shoes.
I can't understand why any woman would want to look, not just like a witch, but like a witch with big feet. Granted that, in a pinch, you can stab an attacker with the toe. But why would you need to? That's what the stiletto heel is for.Shapeless garments, or, alternately, garments with a shape that contrasts with your own.
You have a waist. Use it. And don't wear clothes that argue with you, because you'll lose.Short empire-waist tops.
Personally, I love empire-waist tops! But be sure they're long enough, otherwise your hips will look like a refrigerator carton.Boring clothes.
One word: why?
And lest you think I'm just trying to impose my own taste on the fashion world as a whole, here's a quick list of things I wouldn't be caught dead in that you are nonetheless allowed to wear.Mod or retro prints.
Not my thing, but go for it if you like it.High-necked garments.
Don't think it doesn't cause me a few pangs to allow these. You shouldn't be afraid of a little cleavage. I myself am not afraid of rather a lot of it; but if you must, you may.Slacks.
I look awful in them. Maybe you don't.Collars.
I hate them, but I couldn't tell you why. It's entirely irrational; so you may wear all the collars (and lapels, for that matter - even notched!) that you want.Sensible shoes.
Just don't wear white ones from Labor Day to Memorial Day, okay? Not even in Texas. That's all I ask.
I hope this has been enlightening. Happy Fashion! I'm off to play dress-up.
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