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Have you ever seen an over-sized person wearing over-tight clothes? And cringed visibly? I certainly have, because if we look around us, there are many people who think that if they overload themselves with brands, whatever they wear would make them shine out like a star. Oh, it certainly makes them stand out in the crowd, but as a laughing stock. While some people are humble enough to realize their folly and go back to dressing sensibly, there are some, who are just plain arrogant or let’s just say desperate to make the style work for them, no matter how ridiculous they may look. So, here I am, presenting to you, 10 fashion criminals that we see around us on a daily basis, hoping that at least some of these people will read it, and save us from the “eye torture.” Here we go:
1. The “Skin Show” freaks:
People, the only place where you can flaunt all of you, except the essentials, is a beach. Showing too much cleavage and too much leg at the same time does not make you look sexy; rather, it screams “look at me”!!
Tip: Expose one part at a time. You want to wear your hot pants? Great! Pair it up with a 3/4th top or tank with a shrug. You want to wear an off shoulder? Pair it up with palazzos or patialas even, depending upon the type of top.
2. The Odd ones out:
Though all fashion criminals stand out in the crowd, these people have made it their life agenda to do it every single time. They simply do not know how to dress right for the right occasion. They can turn up in all their colorful glory, at a funeral, or might turn all decked up at a subtle office meeting, or even plain and bland at a rock concert. We can only wish that they come to their senses soon.
3. The “Govinda” fans:
This color, that color, no wait, let’s wear all the colors. These people are die-hard fans of Govinda, the actor, and by extension, his style sense. They do not understand the meaning of color coordination, and by all means, will walk around like a living and talking color card.
4. The “Undergarments are not for me” people:
Honestly, this is one thing I don’t blame the people for. This is one fashion crime which has been committed by many celebrities, let alone the common people (Elizabeth Hurley, Nauheed Cyrusi. Remember anyone?). If you want your assets to bounce all the way, do that, because it will give many, a sight to remember. Skipping undergarments is not good, period.
5. The ones who wear the wrong type of undergarments:
These are the extensions of ones who do not wear undergarments. Well, there is a reason why companies have designed separate bras for t-shirts and salwar kameez. Please choose your undergarments as zealously as you choose the clothes to wear over those. Wrong type and wrong color, both are deadly fashion sins that can ruin your whole look.
6. The “Leggings for Pants” criminals:
Wait! What? Leggings as pants? Yes, sadly, people do that. Ladies, if Pippa Middleton got away with this crime, doesn’t mean you will too. Point one, she has a perfect rear, and point two, she is the sister of the Duchess of England, Kate Middleton. Leggings are not a substitute for pants or jeans or trousers or anything that is remotely close. No, never. Leggings are just meant to be worn with kurtis/kurtas/long tops.
7. The Print lovers:
These people just adore prints. So much so, that barring their exposed skin, almost every inch of the fabric on their body, is covered in prints of all kinds. Come to think of it, I think it is quite hard and time taking to figure out one part of their dress from the other; the prints blend in so seamlessly. On a serious note, please have just one printed fabric on your body, either a scarf, or a printed top, or printed pants/jeggings. Prints on Prints are a big no-no and will immediately label you a fashion criminal.
8. The “Matching-Matching” People:
No, they don’t excel in match making of real people; thank heavens for that, given their already-in-jeopardy clothe matching skills. These people think that everything, right from their hair band to the nail paint on their toes, everything should be of same color, or at least the same shade of one color. Well, unless you are going to a color code theme party; do not attempt that, please.
9. The “Too many Accessories” people:
Unless you are heavily inspired from Bappi Da, do not attempt this. I can assure you that only that man has the guts to get away with so much jewelry on him. Go easy on your accessories, it will do you good.
10. The Black (Brown/Navy etc.) Lovers:
Black is a universally loved shade, and so are the other colors in the dark family. It is a great cheat color to hide your flab and it looks fab too. But, but, but…wearing these black family colors always? So much that people start identifying you with it? That summer picnic you were invited to. You wore black, while sweating like a pig, because, oh! Black absorbs heat, class 6 physics. Blacks and darks are night colors, and winter colors, which can sometimes be worn in summer days too, but if on a regular basis, these gorgeous shades can make you a fashion criminal.
Honorary Mention: “Tight fabric Lovers”
Innumerable times, I have seen people, with a huge waistline, torturing a tiny piece of fabric, and by extension, making our eyes bleed. If you love a camisole or tee this much, please hit a gym, or get your size. If you do not wish to do any of these two, spare us and wear clothes according to your body type. You will breathe fine, we will breathe fine, and the world will be a better place to look at.
Fashion is first and foremost, being comfortable in your own skin, the trend comes after that. If you are comfortable and feeling good about how you are stepping out of your home, you will never be under the scanner. But if you try to ape someone else, aforesaid crimes are bound to happen eventually. So, take the cue, and from next time, just….Be You.
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