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Common Fashion Misconceptions

"Don't make fashion own you but decide who you are and what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live" - Gianni Versace

In a time like this when there is so much pressure to live up to misguided standards as seen on Instagram and other social media, it's easy to get carried away trying to keep up appearances to the detriment of the most important things.

Also, because fashion is ever so constantly reinventing itself, it's easy to get lost in a sea of misconceptions. Here are six of these misconceptions and why they're not true.

You Have To Look Like You Just Stepped Off The Runway;  No! You don't  have to look like runway models to do it right. Most times, the clothes featured on runways are exaggerated so, don't feel bad when you don't look like them. You're actually not supposed to.

Fashionable Clothes Have To Be Expensive; Ugh! In this economy? Who are you kidding! You do not have to break the bank to look good. Personally, I finance my fashion pieces with a shoestring budget. Thrifting and sewing is a great way to "get the look for less". Also, you can shop from low-end clothing brands like H&M, New Look, Urban Outfitters etc.
They're pretty affordable.

Fashion Is Only For Thin People;  Hell no. In as much as the media tries to sell thin as the perfect figure, you'd find out that the clothes available on racks are usually made to fit every body type and size. However, it is important to understand your body, so you can pick the most flattering pieces for you.

You Must Wear Brands;  Brand names matter only as much as you want them to. Avoid buying pieces solely because of their ubiquity. Less expensive pieces have just about the same essence as very expensive pieces, provided that you're wearing them right.

You Have To Change With Fashion Trends; Trends change often enough, but unless you're famous, you don't have to change your entire wardrobe just to fit in. You can get one or two trending pieces (if you absolutely have to) and work around them. Buy the necessary fashion staples like: a little black dress, a white button-down shirt, a flattering pair of denim pants, black/nude pumps. These are timeless classics.

Your Style Is Wrong; No, it's not. Frankly, there isn't a right or wrong style. Ralph Lauren says "Style is very personal and has nothing to do with fashion: Fashion is over quickly, style is forever"; "Love your style. It is a reflection of you". All you have to do is define your style, (be it eccentric or ethereal, ethnic or avant garde) and stick to what makes you comfortable. Don't get overwhelmed. It doesn't matter that you don't read all the fashion magazines or stalk all red carpets and runways. Everybody has a style statement that is worth making.

I hope this was helpful. Do you have any more misconceptions you'd love to debunk? Do tell us in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

Illustrations by Justin Irabor (TheVunderkind)


  1. I love the illustrations and the writing. You're a way better writer than myself (and you used to make me feel good). Doll, xo.

  2. Thanks again sweetie. Lovely piece. My style? I love me my kicks meehn. Heels occasionally. No apologies! Lol. Love u girl.

    1. Haha. We have to put you in a dress one of these days. Love you too darling.

    2. Haha. We have to put you in a dress one of these days. Love you too darling.

  3. Yay Vundiee!! And yes yes to clearing out doubts on the misconceptions

  4. Every Illustration was apt. I totally agree with all you said especially "your style is wrong" .it's better to stick to what you are comfortable and look good in, than let someone tell you what you wear is wrong.

    Beautiful Illustration by Justin orabout btw

    1. Exactly! Thank you June and thank you so much for stopping by!

    2. Exactly! Thank you June and thank you so much for stopping by!

  5. This was so refreshing to read! Ugh.

    Most people don't understand that style isn't about wearing the most expensive outfits; once you are comfotable with whatever you have one, I believe you are grand.

    1. I know right. You don't have to break the bank to look good really. Thank you Ore! Thank you for stopping by.

    2. I know right. You don't have to break the bank to look good really. Thank you Ore! Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Great post, it's sad that people go ahead and get broke because of some particular trend.

    And some try so hard to fit in and forget their style, I once did and I regretted it. It was boring!

    Your points are valid!

  7. I enjoyed reading this and the illustrations are everything. This post is in tune with my last post.
    Laitanbee Blog

  8. Lovely beb! You always know they exact matching piece. Nice one.

  9. Great post! �� See why you are still my favorite fashion blogger?


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