30 Common Fall & Winter Fashion Mistakes
When the temperatures drop, the layers inevitably start piling on.
It's time to say goodbye to denim shorts, summer dresses, and platform sandals, and hello to oversized coats, cozy knits, and leather boots. Unfortunately, with these added layers, there are many fashion mistakes that can occur. If you're not careful, you may be making your look dated. No one wants that.
Instead of making these fall and winter mistakes, let your wardrobe make you look and feel great. Here are the top 30 fashion mistakes that you don't want to make this season as per the style and fashion experts. Once you realize these are major fashion faux pas, you'll never make these mistakes again. So, if you can, you should adhere to this advice. Of course, with any style slideshow, we suggest that you wear what makes you feel your very best, but making a few changes to your style wouldn't hurt either. If you do decide to take our advice and avoid these common fashion mistakes, let us know what you think. Do you feel stylish and more vibrant? We hope so!
Wearing Ill-Fitting Sweaters
Oversized sweaters are super cute, and their moment to shine is no doubt in the fall and winter. However, there's a difference between an oversized sweater and an ill-fitting sweater. A badly-fitting one doesn't look flattering on anyone.
If you're stepping out in public, you might want to change into a more lightweight sweater or knit, unless you really want to embrace the oversized feel. Chenille is a super popular fabric that is pretty and cozy.
Not Wearing White
“No white after Labor Day” is one of the most outdated fashion rules there is. Winter whites are incredibly chic, and they can make you look young and fresh. Pair your favorite white jeans or pants with a striped top, ankle booties or flats, and a gray coat for a fashion blogger-worthy look.
Or, pair dark denim with bright, white sweaters. No matter how you wear your winter whites, you’ll be sure to look trendy and youthful.
Wearing Shapeless Coats
It’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a silhouette! You can easily get a great silhouette by purchasing a coat that’s a little tailored in at the hips. Alternatively, you can also use a chunky belt to wrap around your waist if you know you won’t take the coat off for a while.
As fashion evolves, fashion designers evolve. Many women’s coats are pre-tailored so that they hug you in all the right places. Pay attention to all of your options when shopping for outerwear.
Thinking Winter = Long Hair
Long, flowing locks are the perfect winter accessory, but consider going a little shorter this winter. For one thing, short hair (the "Lob," in particular) is in right now. Plus, shorter hair actually makes you look slim and fresh
So, if you’re thinking about cutting your hair, do it! It will make you look and feel fresh and youthful.
Not Using Winter Accessories to Your Advantage
From blanket scarves to leather gloves, winter fashion accessories are the best fashion accessories. Take advantage of the season and add pops of color and flair to your winter outfits.
If you need inspiration, look no further than Pinterest or Instagram. Pinterest has thousands of images of fashion bloggers and Instagram is filled with photos of celebrities and fashion influencers.
Wearing the Wrong Shoes
Winter is all about the booties and thigh-high boots. So put away your skinniest heels and medium-length boots, reserve your UGG boots for around the house, and soak up boots season!
Boots are comfortable, warm, and perfect for the fall and winter months. They’re also super trendy and look good with almost any outfit.
Not Tailoring Your Clothing
Winter clothing tends to already be bulky and oversized, but by not having your coats tailored, you're just adding extra bulk.
In addition to having winter coats tailored, you may also want to have your blazers and trousers tailored. These are other clothing items that look their best when properly fitted.
Pairing the Same Coat With Everything
If it’s really cold where you live, you may be tempted to pair the same, black parka with every outfit in order to keep warm. Yet, wearing that same coat every day makes your outerwear look like an afterthought, rather than a crucial component of your outfit.
Instead, invest in two or three warm, staple coats in a variety of neutral tones. We recommend buying a black puffy coat, a tan wool coat, and a bold patterned coat.
Wearing Cheap Outerwear
If there is one area where you should splurge, it’s outerwear. People will be able to tell if you scored your new coat for $40, so it’s worth it to pay a little more for a quality one that’s comfortable and won’t start to fall apart after a single season.
Choose a classic style that will last, like a trench or duster coat. These are clothing pieces that are worth splurging on. They’ll be sure to last multiple seasons.
Going Dark With Your Hair and Makeup
Winter fashion is all about rocking black, mauve, and navy everything. So when you go dark with your makeup too, you get a harsh look that can really dampen your look. Instead, choose a nude lipstick and pair it with bold, winged eyeliner.
If you want to sport a red or dark lip, just make sure you go light everywhere else. This means easing up on your eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lashes.
Donning Holiday Patterns
Sweaters are a winter fashion staple, but opt for a nice neutral color like white, black, or gray. Steer clear of traditional holiday patterns that feature snowflakes, reindeer, etc.
Our go-to holiday party look includes a bright red knit and a pair of black, fitted trousers or a black leather skirt and black tights.
Turtlenecks are definitely a staple of fall and winter fashion. While they may have their place, some turtlenecks are just a little too over the top. The really bulky ones make it look like the collar is swallowing up your entire head!
If you're really worried about keeping your neck warm, go with a mock turtleneck instead of the real thing. They come with a raised collar, but they're not nearly as unwieldy as turtlenecks.
Not Mixing Prints
Whoever said you couldn't mix prints is seriously disturbed. Leopard print looks amazing with plaid, and gold and silver jewelry is an edgy-chic combination. Mix and match all you want this winter season!
Start out simple. Mix vertically striped pants with a floral top or a herringbone vest with a plaid shirt. You may be surprised by how much you like your new, bold style.
Not Moisturizing Your Hands and Chest
Moisturizer is essential, but never more critical than it is during the winter. Skin can become dry very quickly, and it doesn’t take long until it actually starts causing wrinkles in your skin. During the winter, you should moisturize much more than you do during the summer. Doctors suggest at least twice a day.
One easy way to make sure you’re moisturizing daily is to make it a habit. Every single day after you get out of the shower, slather yourself with face and body lotion.
Wearing Too Few Textures
With layering, you can create a look that’s completely your own through the use of various colors, patterns, and textures. And there's no better time to pile on the clothes than the chilly months of the year!
Unfortunately, many people forget the texture element when they layer in the fall and winter. Rather than wearing a cotton sweater with cotton leggings, mix it up by pairing a chunky knit sweater with leggings that have a touch of leather.
Wearing All Black
Black can be slimming, but if it’s the only color in your winter wardrobe, you’ll end up looking dated and lifeless. We're not saying that you need to dress as brightly as Rudolph's nose the entire season, but don't let the cold kill your enjoyment of color.
Mix it up by adding a pair of colored ankle booties, a blush scarf, or a pair of statement earrings that will give your look some visual interest. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel when wearing a little color—even if it’s just in your accessories.
Wearing Bulky Layers
Winter fashion is all about the layers, but believe it or not there is a right way to do it—and a wrong way. If you're wearing a bulky sweater, opt for a lightweight coat with a slim shape. Otherwise, bulky sweater + bulky coat + chunky scarf = way too much bulk.
If you’re still unsure of how to layer, remember the top-and-bottom-ratio rule: If you're wearing a loose top, wear more form-fitting pants, and vice versa. It's all about balance when it comes to layering.
Buying Jeans and Pants with Too Much Stretch
We want to be comfy and cozy during the winter, but there’s such a thing as too stretchy. Getting jeans and pants that are too large can get rid of your shape.
Alternatively, you don’t want the stretch to squeeze to your body so tight that it makes your legs look like they’re trying to break free. Buy jeans with 2% or more of elastic fiber and pants with 4%.
Not Winterizing Your Summer Clothes
Shorts and skirts aren’t quite as popular in the winter as they are in the summer, but they can still be made functional and fashionable. Opt for tweed, suede, or leather shorts and skirts.
Layer them over sheer tights and pair them with chunky sweaters or cardigans. You’ll look effortlessly sexy and still feel nice and cozy.
Not Updating Older Accessories
While accessorizing is important to keep in mind for the summer, it’s never more essential than in the winter months. You need scarves, gloves, hats, and all sorts of items to stay warm, but wearing the same thing you've worn for three decades can age you.
Updating your accessories (including your handbag) is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your look.
Wearing Chunky Shoes
It’s the winter, so it's time to think about which shoes to wear. They can keep you from slipping on ice, but some people make the mistake of choosing really chunky shoes.
Chunky shoes make your legs look heavy, and that’s not something anyone needs. Instead, wear a slimming flat or a nice pair of booties.
Caking on Makeup
During the winter, you may feel the urge to wear heavier foundation. This can be a mistake because the foundation can often settle into your skin and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.
Instead, try to use a tinted BB or CC cream. These can correct color or provide a slight tint that acts like foundation without all the heaviness.
Not Layering for the Changing Seasons
Just because the calendar rolls around to September doesn't mean that you'll immediately get crisp, chilly fall days that are perfect for warm sweaters. For lots of places, the summer heat keeps up well into the early fall!
So, when transitioning your wardrobe for the cooler months, keep a few warm-weather-friendly pieces around in case the temps stay steamy. You won't want those cozy sweaters if it's 85 degrees outside!
Wearing Baggy Clothes
During the cold fall and winter months, we're all tempted to just grab every oversized sweater and baggy pair of sweatpants and just curl up into a warm ball. However, as comfy as that might be, you won't be winning any fashion awards with that approach.
You don't need big, baggy clothes to stay warm in the winter months. Instead, choose a few high-quality fabrics that are well-known for trapping heat. Things like fleece or wool work wonders for keeping you warm.
Overusing Traditional Fall Colors
Just because it's fall doesn't mean you have to look like a pumpkin patch or a cornucopia! Yellows, oranges, reds, and other traditional fall colors are fine, but they look pretty ridiculous when you overdo it.
If you really need color to get into the fall spirit, remember to keep things in moderation. A traditional fall tone would make a nice accent color for an outfit but not for the whole thing.
Not Using (Faux) Leather
The fall and winter months can get chilly, so keeping warm is a must. However, there's so much more out there that can keep you nice and toasty besides bulky wool or fleece.
Faux leather is a great way to retain heat while still looking great. A nicely made faux leather jacket can keep you warm like a traditional winter jacket but without all that extra bulk!
Avoiding Skirts and Dresses
Once the temps start dropping, most ladies ditch the skirts and dresses of summer for pants. That's the only way to keep your legs warm in the fall and winter, right?
Wrong! You don't have to say goodbye to all those fantastic, flowy outfits just because it's cold. Although they might cost you a pretty penny, there are plenty of high-quality wool or fleece tights out there that will keep your legs warm and your skirts fabulous.
Going Too Crazy with Ugg Boots
During the chillier months of the year, the call of the Ugg boots can be too tempting to resist. They're just too warm and comfy to say no to!
While you don't have to ditch the Uggs entirely, some people definitely overuse their pair. There are other warm, comfy boots out there, you know? Buy some other brands to keep your Uggs company in the closet.
Not Trying On Clothes Before the Start of the Season
Listen, we're not going to judge, but there's no denying it--sometimes waistlines expand, and those comfy pair of pants from last winter start to feel a little constricting.
If your winter clothes aren't going to fit this season, it's definitely something you want to find out before the chilly days begin. It's best to pull out everything in late summer just to double check and replace and pieces that might not be fitting so well anymore.
Not Investing in Good Socks
Everybody makes sure they've got a warm coat or warm pants for the fall and winter, but don't forget about the humble sock--a good pair can help keep you warm and cozy too!
Good socks won't just keep your feet warm in the cold months--they're also a must if you're going to be wearing lots of boots this winter. They can help keep painful blisters at bay, too!