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, but sometimes it can be hard to avoid!
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. The colder months are the perfect time to try something new!
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!
Let's get started!
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. It's definitely possible to get too comfy...even in fall and winter!
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. Remember—if your sweater sleeves go past your hands, you've gone too baggy.
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“No white after Labor Day” is one of the most outdated fashion rules there is.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. Don't worry about what anyone tells you, those white pieces in your wardrobe will still come in handy during the colder months. We promise that the fashion police aren't going to be knocking down your door!
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. If you can find something pre-tailored and well-fitting, it's definitely going to be easier than sending stuff away to be altered.
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-faced. Why not give it a try this fall and winter?
So, if you’re thinking about cutting your hair, do it! It will make you look and feel fresh and youthful. And if you're worried that a short hairstyle in the colder months won't be enough to keep you warm, fear not! This is also the perfect time of year to break out some cute scarves and hats to provide you with a little extra insulation.
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. When it comes to this time of year, you have no shortage of seasonal-appropriate accessories to choose from.
Hats, scarves, mittens, and more will keep you looking great and staying warm during these colder months. 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 who know how to style a seasonal outfit like a pro.
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 the best and most fashionable way to keep your feet warm in this chilly time of year.
Boots are comfortable, warm, and perfect for the fall and winter months. They’re also super trendy and look good with almost any outfit. You really can't go wrong with boots in fall and winter, so find yourself the perfect pair and get ready to show them off to everyone!
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. If there is ever a time to add bulk to your wardrobe, it's definitely these colder months, but it's still possible to go overboard...even if there is a chill in the air!
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. You might think finding a tailor is a frivolous expense, but you'll be singing a different tune when you slip into your perfectly fitted winter coat!
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 you own in order to keep warm. Yet, wearing that same coat every day makes your outerwear look more 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. There's no need to go bankrupt buying coats for every day of the week, but having a few options to choose from will help you look more put together.
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. You might need to pay a little bit more upfront, but over time, a high-quality coat will absolutely pay for itself...and then some!
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. You don't want to look like Santa put coal in your stocking!
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. Honestly, we could all probably stand to lighten up on the makeup year-round, but it's definitely a must during the fall and winter.
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. They may still be popular, but corny holiday sweaters are so ten years ago at this point, so don't even try them!
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. With an outfit like that, you'll still definitely look like you're in the festive spirit without looking like you're wearing a joke outfit. There's nothing wrong with a little subtlety!
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 your outfit looks like it's choking you, you've done something wrong!
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 and they fit a bit looser so you don't feel as constricted. Ditch the real thing and go for a mock one instead—no one will be the wiser!
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! And this time of year opens up some unique mixing possibilities you won't get in the other months.
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. You can definitely overdo it when it comes to mixing prints, but there's nothing wrong with mixing a print or two in your wardrobe.
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. The winter wind is not doing your skin any favors, so don't be afraid to fight back at this time of year.
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! Mixing textures in your outfit is a great way to create interesting looks without having to resort to anything too flashy or over the top.
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. A little texture can go a long way in pulling a look together.
Wearing All Black
Black can be slimming in some cases, 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 things up a little 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. Perfecting the art of layers is all about balance, so don't let things get too out of control.
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. There's no denying that there's nothing more comfortable than a nice stretchy pair of pants, but they can look like a fashion faux pas if you're not careful.
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%. Embrace the stretch...but not so much that it starts to make you look sloppy!
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. There's no need to put away half your wardrobe for six months just because the temperature has dropped!
Layer them over sheer tights and pair them with chunky sweaters or cardigans. You’ll look effortlessly sexy and still feel nice and cozy. Plus, incorporating a few summertime clothing items will help you remember the warm, summer sun during the time of year most of us miss it the most!
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. Plus, they might not be in the greatest shape after all that use.
Updating your accessories (including your handbag) is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your look. While it's also important to buy high-quality pieces that will last you a while, everything needs to be replaced eventually, even the good stuff. If your accessories have seen better days, it's time to say goodbye to them.
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. Even if they're useful, that doesn't mean they look great—there's definitely such a thing as too chunky when it comes to 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. There are lots of options for fall and winter footwear, but steer clear of anything too chunky—those kinds of shoes aren't doing you any favors!
Caking on Makeup
During the winter, you may feel the urge to wear heavier foundation. This can be a mistake because foundation can often settle into your skin and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, all that makeup isn't going to be helping your skin health a bit, and it may very well be hurting it.
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. of the real thing Your skin will thank you any time you can manage to avoid caking on the makeup hard and heavy.
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! As tempting as it can be, don't pull out your cold weather clothes too early.
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! Who knows, you might want those summer pieces to stick around the whole winter season if they look good enough!
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, as cozy as it may be.
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. Dressing smarter is always in fashion, and the cold months are the perfect time to show off your skills!
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. Just because it's fall doesn't mean you need to look like candy corn every day!
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. And the same thing goes for the holiday season, too—there's no reason to dress in colors that make you look like a Christmas tree explosion!
Not Using 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, as nice as those are. Don't underestimate the fashion and warmth of leather—it's not just for bikers, you know!
Leather is a great way to retain heat while still looking great. A nicely made leather jacket can keep you warm like a traditional winter jacket but without all that extra bulk! Faux leather can be an option for those who don't want the real thing, but it won't look, feel, or hold up as well as genuine leather.
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! Just because the temps have turned cold doesn't mean that skirt season is actually over—as long as you're smart about it.
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, no matter what the temperature is.
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 for most. They're just too warm and comfy to say no to, and we get that! But you have other cozy options out there that don't have such a flawed reputation as Uggs.
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. Rotating your footwear is a good idea anyways to help keep your outfits looking fresh and new.
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. There's no reason to wear clothes that don't fit properly, and it's best to figure that out before you're ready to wear them out.
If your winter clothes aren't going to fit you this season, it's definitely something you want to find out before the chilly days begin. It's best to pull out everything for fall and winter 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! While they might not be the most noticeable piece in your outfit, they still can play a big role.
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! Don't be afraid to break out the heavy-duty wool ones when the days really start to get chilly.