Razia Meer is Managing Editor at AmoMama. She worked in Corporate Banking in a past life.
Celebrities make chic fashion statements when gracing the red carpet or on the cover of a glossy magazine. They wow us with their style sense and their designer wardrobe choices. We look to them to see what is trending.
There are some styles, colors, and accessories that should be avoided at all costs. Sometimes, even fashionistas get it all wrong, and not even the Gucci or Versace label can save them from embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions or outfits that don’t suit them.
We need to look at the poorly dressed stars, so we can see what not to do. It can be as simple as oversized clothing, mismatched pieces, or more serious fashion faux pas. Celebrities of both sexes have fallen victim to bad style choices.
Here are the celebrity style mistakes you should avoid:
1. Over-sized Shoes
Meghan Markle has been catapulted into a style icon's role ever since she got engaged to Prince Harry. The Suits star, and now Duchess of Sussex, is not generally known to put a foot wrong in dressing fashionably. Her chic look has been a hit worldwide, with fans rushing to buy her fashion picks.
Yet, her oversized shoes in her engagement photos were a talking point, which many did not find appealing. It has since come to light that Meghan wears her shoes slightly bigger for comfort and to avoid blisters. Apparently, it’s a common trend in Hollywood!
2. Over-sized Clothing
Ed Sheeran and Kylie Jenner are some celebrities who spoil their look with outfits that are too big on them.
Ed Sheeran is a repeat offender when it comes to wearing oversized clothing, making him look sloppy. He could look quite a stud in more fitted attire.
Kylie Jenner’s pink pantsuit also missed the mark as an iconic fashion statement as it looked two sizes too big for her.
Wearing clothes that fit your body shape is the trick to looking stylish.
3. Gowns That Are Too Long
Gwendoline Christie, who is 6'3", and by no means short, once wore a dress that was so long that one wonders who it was designed for.
On the other hand, Nicole Richie once wore a pink rhinestone Michael Kors dress to the 2005 CFDAs that she had to have chopped in half.
Wearing gowns that are too long can look clumsy and could lead to unattractive accidents. Ask Jennifer Lawrence, who tripped over her Dior gown in 2013.
4. Pants That Are The Wrong Length
One of the biggest mistakes most women make is not checking their pants' length with their shoes. Either hem your pants to flats or heels and then wear them accordingly.
Hems should just skim the tops of shoes and not graze the floor. Kendall’s pink pant’s suit was too long.
5. Showing Too Much Skin
Not everyone can pull off a dress with a plunging neckline or thigh and waist-high slits. While Charlize Theron or Angelina Jolie have looked stunning on the red carpet with plunging necklines, most would be uncomfortable.
Dresses that show too much flesh are more prone to wardrobe malfunctions. For example, Rihanna was most uncomfortable during the premiere of Ocean's 8, when her metallic gold Poiret dress kept falling low on her bustline, threatening to expose her boobs.
At the American Music Awards in 2016, supermodel Chrissy Teigen's black gown had slits up to her torso, which revealed that she wasn't wearing any underwear, or more recently when fans thought they caught a nip slip.
To be safe, don't reveal too much skin —choose either a low neckline or a high slit.
6. Garments That Are Too Sheer
Some celebrities like Bella Hadid and Gwen Stefani have rocked in sheer dresses. Others are not so fortunate and have had some NSFW wardrobe malfunctions.
Being jealous of the A-listers who strut their stuff on the red carpet is one thing, but daring to wear next to nothing is ambitious or crazy. The average Joe may find themselves looking unsightly in a see-through outfit.
7. Clothing That Is Too Tight
Unless a designer makes them a bespoke piece, celebrities usually work with samples typically made for thin, tall people. Stars, who have fuller figures, often have a problem getting into their gowns. Once zipped in, they are in the outfit's vice grip —tearing hems and busting zips is common during live performances.
For us commoners, the saying, “if it zips, it fits,” reflects this mentality. But this is not entirely true. Even the whole clothing industry can’t agree on a standardized sizing system, so don’t look at the label. Buy the dress that fits you comfortably and allows you to breathe.
8. Looking for Perfection
Understandably, stars like Halle Berry and Scarlette Johansson are under pressure to look their best from all angles at awards ceremonies and movie premieres. They have a team of professionals to help keep their makeup and hair just right.
With apps like Instagram, regular people also want to look perfect all the time. This is an impossibly high standard to maintain. Even celebrities let their hair down and relax when the cameras stop rolling.
9. Wearing Too Many Accessories
Celebrities usually follow some cardinal rules when putting their flawless look together. From sunglasses to hats and jewelry, less is more —the golden rule for accessorizing.
One or two statement pieces is better than piling on a lot and looking like a Christmas tree. Limit chunky, large accessories to 3 items.
Also, if the print on the shirt is bold, go without jewelry. And if you wear a shirt with a large collar, don’t hide it under a scarf.
Hats should compliment your outfit. And remember to keep your height in mind when choosing a hat style. Queen Elizabeth II has one of the best collections.
10. Dressing For Effect Rather Than Comfort
Dresses worn for their attention-grabbing value are not always comfortable. Take Lady Gaga's meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards or Björk's swan gown at the 2001 Oscars, for example.
They may be memorable, but they looked extremely uncomfortable. When dressing, always put your comfort first. If you can’t wait to get home and strip out of the dress, then it is not the right dress for you.
Although we love to follow celebrity fashion, we need to find our personal style. It is easy to look amazing if we follow the style that suits our body and personality. It will increase our confidence and make us feel like a superstar.
The best advice for women who want to look stylish is to wear age-appropriate, comfortable clothing. Choose classic, timeless pieces instead of what is trending now.
Some fashion statements are a once-off phenomenon —here today and gone tomorrow— and they are not worth wasting money on. Lastly, don’t wear heels if you can’t walk in them.