By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
IT has been established that fashion goes beyond merely clothes and accessories; it is a lifestyle with many vital branches.
These vital branches need to work effectively like a generously oiled machine which entails them being in harmony with each other.
This means that if any of these branches are not in sync with each other, one’s guide to perfect vogue is compromised.
These branches could be the aesthetics; this could be someone who has an impeccable fashion sense, with the ability to match the garments to create a breathtaking look but always looks like the work in a flour mill on account of all the dandruff they shed in their trail.
Alternatively, it could be someone who always looks dapper in their tailored suits, but lose brownie points because they keep their tags on as an indicator of how expensive their clothes are, making them look tacky.
This could also be someone who seems to hit all the right marks with their garb but their poor hygiene (on account of the cold weather), so it makes it hard for anyone to stick around long enough to admire them. One of these branches is observing public fashionista etiquette.
There is etiquette that takes away from being the perfect fashionista, and no one is spared from these fashion faux pas. Perhaps most people’s downfall is the fact that these faux pas are often unassuming and most people think they are innocent enough.
The list of these fashion etiquette faux pas is a long one, varying from region, age and sometimes the season.
The most common that comes to mind when one thinks of men is how some of them have the insatiable need to fondle or lightly pat their crotch area from time to time. It is hard to say why exactly the motivation behind that is but it remains one of the biggest turn-offs. Perhaps rappers can get away with it, I mean they are constantly making reference to genitals in their songs, but for a young man in smart-casual attire it is unbecoming.
One thought that with men embracing the skinny jean look one would no longer have to be visually accosted with young men exposing their underwear because of their sagging pants. Alas! That was not to be the case as there are still those instances, especially among the skinny jeans wearers and one can see that they have gone the extra mile to expose them.
For some reason, women think it’s cute to pull out a wedgy, regardless of the number of spectators around them. Honestly it is not, and could be a sign that you are either wearing the wrong size underwear or the wrong cut for your body (or booty) type.
Purposefully exposing ones bra straps is also a big fashion faux pas. Now, when it comes to women with large cup sizes, who can never find cute bras with thin straps (because they are useless) are excused. But there is a trend, reminiscent of a tacky high school 90s movie or Mariah Carey video where one strap is allowed to fall off the shoulder while the trimmings on the top of the bra cup are exposed. If you can’t help it, its fine but doing it intentionally is tasteless.
There are many more faux pas, like rooming food from one’s teeth with the fingers, without shielding one mouth (and in some rare cases smelling the disgusting finds) or smacking your lips as you eat.
For some picking up on social cues that would advise on whether what they are doing is committing fashion faux pas is difficult, however if you have to think twice about it or get a quizzing look from those around you, you are violating fashion etiquette.
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