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Celebrity Fashion Styles to Avoid
When it comes to fashion, a lot of us derive inspiration from celebrities. Why wouldn't we? They have money, professional stylists and access to all the best insider catwalk knowledge, right? Wrong. In their quest to stand out, create a new trend or just flaunt their own unique style, even celebrities can get it wrong - sometimes spectacularly so.
But what are the styles that we should be embracing these days? And more importantly, which ones should we be rejecting if we want to make a good impression and look our best?
It is a late '90s trend that belongs in the past, yet occasionally some celebs still try to wheel out the poncho. It's not a total no-go. For tall, slender types, a lightweight, knitted poncho in neutral hues can hang elegantly off the shoulders and create a pretty silhouette. However, for anyone who doesn't quite fit the supermodel bill, it is a look that will drown you and make you appear shapeless and sad. Brit singer and fashion icon Lily Allen wasn't even able to pull this one off.
We get it. During lockdown, we all favored comfort over style, so loungewear and baggy coordinates became acceptable for everyday wear. Now that the world is opening up again, it is time to ditch those saggy pants and roomy sweaters in favor of more flattering fits. Ed Sheeran is a serial offender of rocking an oversized outfit. Ed, in his defense, has never appeared to show much interest in keeping up with the latest celebrity fashion trends, but unfortunately, this look in particular makes him look like he just hasn't made an effort. A good, tailored fit is the key to looking elegant and stylish, so it's time to trade your loungewear in for something that shows off your figure.
Believe it or not, this was a genuine fashion trend of the '90s that never resurfaced again. The fact is that some celebrities have the following (and the confidence) to turn even the most ridiculous choices with their fashion into a trend. Dua Lipa tried to revive the trend earlier this year by teaming clogs with another '90s classic - the puffer jacket - but thankfully it doesn't appear to have taken off.
Too much on show
There's nothing wrong with having the confidence to bare all. But unlike Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman, who exude elegance in low-cut dresses and high slits, we mere mortals could be opening ourselves up to embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions and accidental flashing. All bodies are beautiful, and if you dare to bare, you should embrace that confidence. However, in the interest of safety, we advise opting for a low neckline or a short hem... but not both.
Plaid is a print that has been in and out of style a few times in the last few decades. However, it is still synonymous with the main characters in the '90s film Clueless. Sadly, it hasn't been able to shed that tacky, schoolgirl image, especially when it comes in bright colors.
Does anyone remember the infamous matching leather onesies that the Beckhams rocked in the '90s? If not, you're very lucky. Sometimes even the biggest stars can make the strangest choices when they try to go all matchy-matchy in the ultimate public display of affection. Another example is Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and their dual double denim ensembles. No matter how much you love your partner, don't express it through the medium of matching outfits of the same fabric. It's a dramatic and not overly endearing look.
While neon colors were a big hit for many an '80s girl band, the look is now dated and too dramatic. Successfully pairing neon with other colors and prints is another problem. These days, it's much safer (and more stylish) to stick to neutral, natural colors. This year's fashion color palette reflects the natural world with earthy and plant-based tones.
Quite often, celebrities wear things to make a statement, end up in the media and consequently build their brand. Remember the level of publicity that Lady Gaga's memorable meat dress made? Being uncomfortable in order to push an agenda, make a statement or simply attract attention is rarely a wise choice. If you don't feel comfortable in the dress, your confidence won't shine through and unless you possess some Oscar-quality acting skills, other people will see that you're not feeling it, either. Stick to your own style and wear what feels good.