Fashion Rules That Everybody Should Live By

We tend to express ourselves through our clothes. The way a person puts together an outfit says a lot about their personality. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, we’re all guilty of a little cover-judging.

What you wear is important, and though we’re all for self-expression in any form, there are some basic fashion rules that can help you portray yourself as a put-together, respectable human being.

Cinch In The Waist

woman wearing jean dress and leather belt
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Photo Credit: @redheaded_misfit / Instagram

A belt can add a lot of visual interest to an outfit, and it can also help less structured clothes flatter your figure a bit more.

Never underestimate the power of a good belt.

The French Tuck

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Photo Credit: @styleblueprintmemphis / Instagram

Tucking in only one side of the front of your shirt is known in professional circles as the “French tuck.”

It’s a sure way to make sure that your clothes look super chic.

Iron Your Collar

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Photo Credit: @kfashinspiration / Instagram

To make sure that the collars on your shirt lie flat, take a hair straightener to them.

Just press the collar down for a fresh, put together look every single time.

Wear A Coat As A Cape

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Photo Credit: @milyfeinanutshell / Instagram

Unleash your inner superhero and wear your coat as a cape. Who says you have to put your arms in jacket sleeves?

Just throwing the jacket over your shoulders is way more stylish.

No More Pilling

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The best way to remove pilling and fuzzy looking loose threads from your knitwear is to take a razor to your sweaters.

You sweaters will look as good as new after you give them a bit of a shave.

No More Shapeless Dresses

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Photo Credit: @zoekoops / Instagram

Shift dresses can be beautiful, but they can also be pretty shapeless.

If you think shift dresses don’t work on your body type, it might just be because you haven’t tried them with a belt yet.

Spray Your Tights

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Photo Credit: @janynetens / Instagram

If you spray your tights with hairspray after you put them on, you give them an extra layer of strength and protection.

That way, they’re less likely to tear as you wear them.

Back To Basics

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Photo Credit: @inspiroue / Instagram

There’s nothing wrong with being basic.

It’s great to have items that fit into a neutral color palette in your wardrobe because you always know that they’ll go with anything and that they’re suitable for any occasion.

Don’t Give In To Trends

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Photo Credit: @alisha / Instagram

It can be hard on your wallet when you try to keep up with the latest trends and fashions.

You don’t need to have name brand items in your wardrobe to be stylish.

Go For A Monochromatic Look

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Photo Credit: @styledumonde / Instagram

Sometimes it takes a simple idea to make a statement.

Try wearing an entire outfit with only one main color in it interspersed with a few neutral pieces. Check out this all green look.

Leggings Are Definitely Pants

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Photo Credit: @missremiashten / Instagram

I don’t care what anybody says, leggings definitely count as pants.

You put them on one leg at a time just like every other pair of pants in the world. Plus they look pretty cute.

Mix And Match

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Photo Credit: @helenanderz / Instagram

Mixing patterns is an easy way to make it look like you know what you’re doing as far as fashion is concerned.

Just make sure that when you’re mixing patterns, you mix two patterns of vastly different sizes.

Tuck It In

woman wearing a checked button down shirt tucked into a yellow pencil skirt
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Photo Credit: Trendy Curvy / Tumblr

Make sure that when you’re tucking your shirt in, things don’t get too wrinkly.

You can also tie blouses in the front as a less wrinkly alternative to tucking them in.

Care For Your Clothes

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Photo Credit: @dj_t._official / Instagram

Make sure you read the washing and care instructions on the label of your clothes before you just throw things in the washing machine.

You don’t want to end up with a shrinkage situation.

Go To A Tailor

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Photo Credit: Huw Fairclough/Getty Images

Very few items of clothing fit perfectly right off of the rack.

It takes a little bit of tailoring to make sure that your clothes fit properly. It’s worth the investment.

The Perfect Cuffed Sleeve

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Photo Credit: @walmartfinds / Instagram

You would think rolling up your sleeves would be easy, but it’s hard to get that perfect cuffed sleeve look.

Start by unbuttoning the entire sleeve, then fold the sleeve halfway up your arm, then roll up the folded part from the bottom.

Always Try Before You Buy

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Never buy clothes without trying them on first.

How will you know if something fits you or looks good on you if you don’t try it on? Spend your money wisely.

Wear Clothes That Actually Fit

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Photo Credit: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

It’s so important to wear clothes that actually fit you properly and flatter your figure.

Sometimes that means taking a few different sizes into the dressing room with you to see what works best.

Perfectly Cuffed Jeans

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Photo Credit: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Getting the perfect cuff on your jeans seems like it should be simple to do but so many people get it wrong.

Don’t just scrunch up your jeans. Take the time to fold the cuff properly.

Don’t Underestimate Athleisure

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images

Athletic clothing is making a real comeback. Brands are making athleisure that’s both stylish and comfortable, so you really get the best of both worlds.

This trend is definitely here to stay.

Always Accessorize

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Photo Credit: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

It’s important to find the right accessories to elevate your outfits. A gold chain is a good classic accessory that goes with pretty much anything.

You can really have fun with different styles of jewelry.

You Don’t Have To Wear Skinny Jeans With Tall Boots

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There are definitely ways of folding your flared jeans flat against your leg so you can comfortably fit them into tall boots.

Don’t think you have to go out and buy skinny jeans just because you have a pair of knee-highs that you want to wear.

Prevent Shirt Gaping

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images

People who have larger chests know full well how annoying it can be when button down shits start gaping between the buttons.

Just grab yourself some double sided fashion tape and stick that fabric down.

The Tank Top Trick

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Photo Credit: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Sometimes when you wear a sweater or a sweater vest over a blouse, the blouse underneath starts riding up.

Put on a tight tank top over the blouse and then put on your sweater. The tank top should keep the blouse in place.

Create A Capsule Wardrobe

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Photo Credit: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

You don’t need all of your clothes in your closet all year round.

Create a smaller capsule wardrobe for each season and put the rest of your clothes away in storage until you need them.

Add A Pop Of Color

ois Opoku is seen wearing red overknees boots Aldo, Proenza Schouler bag, black shorts Meotine, cape
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Photo Credit: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Sometimes all a neutral outfit needs is a little pop of color.

This woman is wearing all black and grey but her fire engine red boots are to die for.

Add Some Shine

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Photo Credit: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Shine and sparkle can really add visual interest to an outfit and make you feel like a million bucks.

Sparkle is a great addition to any outfit, and it can make a casual look feel more special.

Throw A Coat On

Sara Carnicella wears a gray wool beret hat from Zara, a brown oversized wool long coat from SeeUsoon, a white wool turtleneck pullover from Mango, a Vuitton multi bag, black Zara shorts, Jonak black pointy thigh high boots, a golden necklace from APM Monaco,
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Photo Credit: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Coats and jackets have the ability to really pull a whole look together.

They take clothes and turn them into an outfit. invest in a couple of quality coats for your wardrobe.

Casual Is In

lena Gerber wearing blue Closed jeans, printed Band H&M shirt on October 23, 2020 in Hamburg, Germany.
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Photo Credit: Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images

If your clothes fit right, you can totally go out in the world wearing a band tee and a good pair of jeans.

This girl looks super chic in her white ACDC cropped t-shirt.