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Fashion Etiquette Tips

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Will You Be Arrested by the Fashion Police?

Unless you are a fashion guru or a magician, at one time or another you committed a fashion crime.

Are you a fashion victim? Have you ever questioned your sense of style?

No one wants the Fashion Police to be called because of their outfit.

Yet, we all still make faux pas with our clothing.

Some violations are minor, but some could be major mistakes.

We try not to break the law, but we aren't perfect. We are human. We make mistakes.

Have you ever people watched and thought to yourself, "What was she thinking?" How do you know someone isn't saying that about you?

Have you ever said, "Doesn't she own a full length mirror?"

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Guilty as Charged!

I am guilty as charged. I have violated the law many times. Not purposely. I have limited sense of fashion.

I'm a denim and tee kinda girl. My favorite footwear are flip flops, but I prefer being barefoot.

I searched for some words of wisdom from the fashion gurus and I am passing this information on to you.

I've decided that I don't want to be served any more warrants for a possible arrest from the Fashion Police.

I am now on probation. I hope these tips help you flatter your fine figure.

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Hips

If you appreciate your hips then go ahead and wear the form-fitting skirts, dresses and jeans. A pencil skirt or high waisted jeans with a loose top that's tucked in will accentuate your hips.

Your body will look fab with:

  • Shiny fabrics on bottom
  • High heels
  • Fishtail hems
  • Tapered skirts and dresses
  • Sleeveless, printed tops draw attention away from the hips

Avoid big, baggy tops! Oversize patterns will make your hips seem even wider. No one really wants that to happen! If you must wear prints, keep them small.

If you don't appreciate your larger than average hips wear a tailored jacket that sits right below the hips.

Additional tips are:

  • Trapeze dresses
  • Accessories that accentuate your neckline
  • Swing coats
  • Dark, solid pants
  • Avoid pleats

Trapeze Dress

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Jeans

  • Pockets should be aligned with the fullest part of your behind. If pockets are too high it makes the butt look large and long. Do you really want that appearance?
  • When pockets are too low, your backside will seem droopy. Who wants a sad looking butt?
  • To lift your bum up you'll need pockets that are set at a slight inward angle. This will enhance your curves.
  • To make the appearance smaller wear dark colors with no bling! No need to enhance the area you trying to hide.
  • Avoid small pockets they only cause the opposite effect on how the rear will appear.
  • You could fill out the rear by wearing trouser pants with welt pockets.
  • Wear them snug, but not tight. Do you really feel comfortable in jeans that look like they were painted on?

Peplum Tops and Skirts

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To Flatter Your Rear

Some of us appreciate the butt, but the majority of us don't. You might try to camouflage your behind with long shirts or dark colors.

Some of the tricks work, but some don't. Not everyone is blessed with a bubble butt.

If you are lucky enough to have the "bubble butt" here are some ideas to enhance it:

  • A tucked in shirt with a pencil skirt or tight, high waisted jeans (not as high as mom jeans)!
  • Fabrics made from jersey material
  • Ruching (gathered fabric that creates ruffles) over the backside
  • Bandage dresses (including Spanx)
  • Bright colored slacks

Do not wear loose pants or skirts! Untucked tops are a no-no!!

If you don't like your bump:

  • Wear a print shirt with a plain skirt or pants. Your upper torso will help distract eyes from your bottom.
  • Jackets that are the length of your fingertips
  • Shirts with unique designs on the backside
  • Straight jeans

Do not wear high-waist anything! Never, ever wear white or ivory bottoms!

If you have a flat butt there is help for you!

  • A skirt with a peplum top will work and also creates the illusion of a smaller waist
  • Pleated skirts
  • Low slung waists
  • Rear welt pocket

Do NOT wear stiff denim or leggings. That would require a call to the Fashion Police!

ALERT: A big bikini bottom does NOT hide your rear, it makes your butt bigger! The smaller the bikini, the smaller the illusion. If you dare!

Empire Waist

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Chest

If you adore your chest area then wear something fitted or low-cut. Your breasts could be your main accessory! Whether you wear a dress or a pair of jeans the look is all yours. Make it classy, not cheap and you are good to go!

To enhance the area:

  • Wear wide straps
  • Support bras
  • Scoop, square or V-neck tops will work best

Do NOT show too much cleavage or wear long necklaces unless your perky buddies are screaming for attention!

If you aren't a fan of your bosom buddies avoid high-neck sweaters and wide belts! Instead you should:

  • Wear dark tops with light colored bottoms
  • Simple sleeves
  • Jackets that define your shoulders
  • Wide-length pants make your upper body look smaller. Wear them as often as you please.

FYI: Thick sweaters are a no-no for big busted women. They add an extra 20-30 pounds to your frame! Do you seriously need that extra illusion of weight? That would be a NO!

If you aren't as well endowed there is help for you!

  • Wear tops that add volume
  • Halters or turtlenecks will enhance
  • Wear horizontal stripes on your upper body
  • Push-up bras
  • Thick tops with some texture will work also

How To Dress on a Budget

Waist

The mid-section. The love handles which have the tendency to overflow when we least expect it. The bloat. The dreaded muffin top. The jeans that shrink in our closets.

There are ways to make the waist look leaner and flatter. No magic spells are required!

  • A light colored cardigan worn open and over something darker.
  • You could wear a sheath dress (fits snugly to the body)
  • Tunics work also
  • Pants with zippers on the side
  • A-line tops (shirts are small on top and bigger on the bottom)
  • A thin or wide belt adds more definition
  • Tucking in a top broadens the shoulders which creates an illusion of a small waist

Do NOT wear drawstring pants or baggy shirts!

Carrie Underwood's famous legs!

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Legs

"She's got legs, she knows how to use them" - ZZ Top

If your gams are glamorous here are some ways to show them off:

  • Short, full skirts
  • Hem lengths that are above the knee
  • Skinny jeans
  • Cropped pants
  • High heels
  • Skirts with color or patterns
  • Lacy stockings are a seductive accessory

Do NOT wear loud tops or busy jewelry!

If you aren't a fan of your legs, there is still hope for you!

  • Dark, solid colored skirts or pants
  • Wide-leg pants
  • Boot-cut jeans in deep denim tones
  • Opaque tights
  • Maxi-skirts

Do NOT wear shorts, bright colored bottoms or large patterns on your lower body.

For the Petite ladies...

  • High waist skirts or pants that create one continuous line
  • Empire waists
  • Skirts and pants that match your stockings and shoes
  • Think vertical patterns with stripes
  • Dresses or skirts should end a little bit above the knee
  • Three-quarter sleeves are a no-no, they make the arms seem shorter
  • A pendant on a long chain will make you appear taller
  • No ankle straps since they make your legs appear shorter. Do you really want that?

FYI: Trousers with cuffs, pleats, bulky pockets will make legs look stumpy. You have been warned!

Cankle Alert: No cropped jeans or 3/4 length pants unless you want attention to your cankles!

If you are Plus size...

Emphasize your curves. Hiding them only adds additional bulk. Highlight your figure, don't hide it. Tailored clothing adds definition to the midsection and flatters the upper body. Steer clear of turtlenecks, they can create double chins. Bold jewelry worn close to the neck are an added bonus!

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

Comments

Makinziehollister on August 13, 2015:

Audrey Howitt from California on January 27, 2015:

I am afraid the fashion police would have to carry me away! Love this!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on January 27, 2015:

Linda,

From someone who usually wear t-shirts and capri jeans or gym shorts ... thanks for the tips.

Suzie from Carson City on June 24, 2014:

Fashion News Flash.....Linda Sue's BD Party....now in progress......COME AS YOU ARE!!

Dianna Mendez on March 08, 2013:

After reading this, I will be one of the best dressed and look well for my body type! Thanks. Sharing!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on March 07, 2013:

Dancilla, Mary, Mary, Christin, rhtrabes ... Thank you for sharing your fashion tips!

Aryan Bajoria from Kolkata, India on October 06, 2012:

nice fashionable apparels.

Ann-Christin from UK on October 05, 2012:

I have lots of old photos which I look at and cringe but it was the fashion at the time. Now I have reached an age where fashion isn't important and I wear clothes that suit me and flatter my shape.

Great hub voted up.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 05, 2012:

I loved this Hub! I never understood why "large" women (and I say that delicately) wear white stretch pants that magnify their cellulite! And, as women get older, they seem to just bum around in god-awful outfits.

I voted this Hub UP, will share, Pin, and Tweet.

Mary Craig from New York on October 05, 2012:

I had to laugh when reading this...before I retired we had a gal at work we used to call the fashion police....she would politely (sometimes not so politely) let us know when we were in any kind of violation of fashion.

I've notice over the years the sizing of clothing has changed...did you know Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14! Think about how big that is now....comfortable and appropriate for you, then you're okay!

As always SS your humor makes it all go down like a spoonful of sugar!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Priscilla from El Paso on September 29, 2012:

As I was reading this hub, made me realize I had some clothes that didn't go well with my body type. Thanks for this hub, opened my eyes and I voted up!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 22, 2012:

Hi Alecia! I'm glad I was able to supply some fashion tips. Feel free to offer some back to me! :)

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

How did I miss this from you? You did a great job of explain what works for each woman's specific body type. It is hard sometimes to know what to hide and what to accentuate but this is as plain and simple as it gets. But I think the best fashion advice is just to be yourself. Great hub!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 11, 2012:

Hiya Doc! I have no sense of style, I needed the help which is why I created this hub :)

Mohan Kumar from UK on August 01, 2012:

A perfect choice for the National Girlfriends day theme. your helpful hub to GFs and BFFs. You are a mine of information, sunshine and I love the way you present them with a great sense of humour.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on June 28, 2012:

Collisa, I'd be sharing the cell next to yours. Fashion Tips should be displayed in dressing rooms for all to read and follow. Thank you for your comment.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on June 28, 2012:

Hi Clevercat, I agree we could use a tip on how the jeans should fit. Some people rock their jeans while others could use a bit of help. Thanks for sharing!

Columba Smith from California on June 23, 2012:

Useful information! I think if there are fashion police, I must be an absolute criminal! I will refer back to this next time I go shopping!

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on June 05, 2012:

Grrreat! The jeans section was my favorite and boy! do I agree with the tips. Voted funny and useful. :^)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 17, 2012:

Hi Paige! Good one about the donuts and coffee! LOL

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 17, 2012:

Hi Sue! Happy shopping to you!!!:)

Paige Ronchetti from Chicago on May 17, 2012:

Excellent advice! Now if everyone would read this, the Fashion Police could just enjoy their donuts and coffee in peace.

SUE P on May 16, 2012:

WELL MS SUNSHINE ANOTHER GREAT HUB, LOOKS LIKE I WILL HAVE TO DO A MAJOR SHOPPING SPREE, HMMMM WONDER WHAT HUBBY WILL THINK OF THIS FOR A REASON TO GO SHOPPING LOL BUT ANYWAY I ENJOYED THE HUB AS ALWAYS YOU ALWAYS GIVE GREAT TIPS AND NEW IDEAS..

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 16, 2012:

Hi Rusti, As long as you are comfortable in your outfits that's all that matters. Good luck with losing your 20 lbs. Once you set your mind to it, you could do it! Keep us posted!

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on May 15, 2012:

I have put on a few pounds so i like the loose fitting dresses and I must say the trapese dress is for me. I think you have some wonderful tips! I'm trying to lose 20 pounds.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 15, 2012:

Hi bedbugs! I'm sure the fashion police are after many of us. As long as you are comfortable that's all that matters.

Melody Collins from United States on May 14, 2012:

Great advice. Sometimes I wonder if the fashion police have issue a warrant for my arrest. Now that I am getting older, I am rethinking my fashion style and these tips are of great use!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 02, 2012:

Hi Friend...Thanks!

Shoeclub...We could only wish!:)

shoeclub from New York City on May 02, 2012:

LOL I see people every day who I would love to somehow be able to force them to read this!

hi friend from India on April 30, 2012:

interesting

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 27, 2012:

Thank you friend!:)

hi friend from India on April 25, 2012:

nice hub and its informative

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 24, 2012:

Hi Steph! That's quite a compliment coming from you! Thank you!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 24, 2012:

Hi Rusti! I'm glad these tips could help you!:)

Hi Mindvoice, Happy Shopping to you!!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 22, 2012:

Great tips on choosing the fashions that will highlight your good features and downplay less attractive features! Voted up and shared!

mindvoice on April 22, 2012:

thank you very much..... am not very good at selecting the right kinda clothes for myself. I'll keep your tips in mind when i go shopping next time

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on April 21, 2012:

lOVED THIS HUB!I am prissy.Got some great tips!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 20, 2012:

Thank you for sharing Kate!

KateGallagher on April 19, 2012:

You should know the different fashion etiquette to properly bring out the best of what the clothes has to offer.

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Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 19, 2012:

Hi Pam, Europewalker, Pamela, Nell Rose, Alocsin (great idea), Eddy and Suzette! Thank you all for your comments, input, thoughts and laughs! I appreciate them and you!!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 19, 2012:

Great hub and advice! I learned some new tricks from your hub. It is all about illusion and cameflage!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 19, 2012:

Hi Julie, my daughters like to dress me also! I'm like their life size Barbie doll. I appreciate their suggestions for a day or two and then go back to my denim and t's. :)

Eiddwen from Wales on April 19, 2012:

A great hub Sunshine and thnaks for sharing.

Another up up and away here.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 19, 2012:

Hi Rika, It's either tops are getting tighter or we're getting bigger...I'm thinking its the tops fault:) Thank you for sharing your comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 19, 2012:

Great tips for how women can avoid an arrest by the fashion police. I hope you write one for men too. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Nell Rose from England on April 18, 2012:

Hi, really good info here, I have noticed over the years that my shape has definitely changed, yes I got fatter! lol! but I do think we change anyway, so to take a good long look at our style is a great idea, we all need a good makeover clothes wise, so this is great! thanks nell

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 18, 2012:

Great advice about your figure versus fashion. The ZZ top song seemed very fitting to this attractive hub. Up and awesome.

europewalker on April 18, 2012:

Great fashion hub. I have been kind of ignoring my fashion sense lately! Will have to follow some of these tips :)

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on April 18, 2012:

Actually, low cut dresses and blouses are going out of style. The new trend is a higher cut that doesn't show cleavage. Hemlines are lowering too; mid knee or just below.

I study fashion and have always been pretty good at keeping up with what is hot so I don't think I've ever made any major mistakes.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on April 18, 2012:

Sunshine, loved this hub - I am absolutely clueless when it comes to clothes, very much at my happiest in jeans and a teeshirt and a pair of trainers. I take my daughter with me if I go clothes shopping now cos she gives it to me straight if I really look bad; I wouldn't know, I think I look awful in everything. I have learnt such a lot here, thanks!

Rika Susan from South Africa on April 18, 2012:

Excellent job, Linda! Loads of fashion tips that make sense. Can someone please just tell me - am I the only human being that hates tight fitting tops? Why is everything so clingy these days? I absolutely hate that. What has happened to comfortable, loose-fitting tops and clothes that breathe? Even winter pajamas seem to be going this route. Sorry, I may be old-fashioned, but I want to be able to move in my clothes.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 18, 2012:

drbj, I'm honored to have been able to assist you. Yes, leggings must go. They are a fashion no-no for so many!! Thank you for your comment!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 18, 2012:

Hi Deb, Yes the bling is shouting and I need all the yelling I could get unless it's nowhere to be seen! Ha!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 18, 2012:

Hi Ruchira and Stoker, I'm glad to hear your learned a thing or two. I learned that 3/4 sleeves make arms look even shorter with petite women! Who would have thought? It's no wonder that I don't own any 3/4 length shirts!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 17, 2012:

I just read all your fashionista suggestions, and I hope you're happy, Linda. Now I have to discard my leggings, my jeans with bling on the butt, my too short jackets and every piece of clothing with bulky pockets. But I am grateful since I don't want to be unfashionable. I have no excuse except who knew?

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 17, 2012:

This is great, Sunshine, and so well laid out. I like the new magazine-like template. My tummy always has been my trouble zone, so I'm a big fan of the sheath dress. And I do have to say that I never understood the jeans with all the bling on the butt. It's like you're shouting, "hey, look at my big ass." : )

Stokermm from Gainesville, FL on April 17, 2012:

Look at you with this useful fashion advice! I was looking through my closet last night to decide what to wear to work today and I couldn't find anything. I was in a clothing rut! But this inspires me to try new things with what I have! :)

Ruchira from United States on April 17, 2012:

Good one Sunshine. I thought I knew it all...lol but, you gave me some extra special pointers :))

voted up as interesting, useful and sharing it across!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 17, 2012:

Teaches, That's what is great about living in FL! Flip flops year-round! We are so blessed!:)

Thank you Allie! Glad you liked it.

Hi Jeannie, I see a hub coming about those creepy truck drivers! I'm looking forward to reading it!:)

Oh Laura, I so agree with you. 100%. Yes, I do. Thanks for your comment!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 17, 2012:

Hi Vicki, Probation is probably for life. It is what it is and I'm OK with that! Yay for no shoes!! Thanks!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 17, 2012:

Effer, I agree with your fashion points. All of them. Common sense is vital and looking in a mirror should be mandatory before anyone leaves their home. Male or female. Thanks for your comment!:)

laurathegentleman from Chapel Hill, NC on April 17, 2012:

This is great! Learning how to dress ourselves is a life-long learning process!

(Sometimes I wish clothing manufacturers would make it easier on us all by not making bikinis in anything over a size 16... or those skin-tight leggings... *shudder*)

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 17, 2012:

Oh no! I believe I must commit several crimes of fashion all the time according to this. Oh well. I don't mind showing off my big butt. Many folks appreciate it. After all, honking horns from random creepy truck drivers can't be wrong! :-)

alliemacb from Scotland on April 17, 2012:

Great hub with lots of good fashion tips. Love the photos and layout

Dianna Mendez on April 17, 2012:

I now can be a true fashionista! I like you, am most comfortable in T's, jeans and flip flops - what can I say, I live in South Florida. Your ideas are wonderful and I believe that I have found my style within this hub. Your jeans idea, is a real bonus! Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 17, 2012:

Great hub! Well laid out. Great photos, great writing. I like your humor etched throughout. Well researched and well written! My question, though, is when will you get off probation? haha. Excellent job, Sunshine! You don't have to wear shoes!

Suzie from Carson City on April 17, 2012:

Hey GF....I have plenty to say about "fashion".....shock....like I don't have PLENTY to say about everything...right?

Never having been a slave to fashion, I do appreciate knowing what the latest trends are and can understand why it is so important to many women to be "in vogue."

My personal opinion on wardrobe is that everyone should develop the habit of wearing: 1. What looks good on them 2. What you're comfortable in 3. The colors that you most like. 4. Clothing that is age-appropriate and "acceptable' for public appearance 5. Fashions that fit your budget.....bottom line: Common sense.

Good hub as always SS!!!

I LOVE LOVE that Vietnamese traditional gown.