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Common Clothing Mistakes

by Nikki Willhite

There are some types of clothing that most woman should avoid.  They are never a good buy, no matter how frugal.  This includes certain clothing styles,  clothing that is not modest, clothing that is  age inappropriate, and clothing with fabric that does not flatter you.


  • Do not buy knitted clothing with a low thread count.  It will quickly stretch out of shape, the fabric will shred, and your garment and money will be gone.  Thin knits are also unflattering and will show off any and every figure flaw.
  • Don't buy clothing that is too tight.  You can push your flesh around, but you can't get rid of it.  Make one area smaller on your body, and the flesh will bulge up somewhere else.  Tight clothing can also distort your body proportions.  Unless you are skinny, avoid it.
  • Don't wear too much clothing in black trying to look slim.  If you have the wrong coloring, the black will be wearing you.  Black is unflattering to certain skin types, such as pale skin.  A little black skirt looks good on most people, but that is because there is usually color worn near the face with a blouse or or top. 
  • On the other hand, don't buy garments that are too loose fitting to try and hide weight.  Loose garments can make you look much bigger than you actually are, and you can become the subject of "tent jokes."
  • Don't wear sweats outside your home.  Sweats are just inappropriate in public.  Sweats are baggy and also reveal too much of your body to every stranger who walks behind you.  They have no class.
  • Skinny jeans are for the skinny and young.  Older woman who wear skinny jeans look top heavy.  Wear elastic jeans only if you are slim and do not easily  stretch them out.
  • Wear the skirt length that best flatters your legs.  For most women, that is just below the knee.  Older woman who wear short skirts just end up making themselves look older.
  • Finally, keep your accessories to a minimum.  Excessive jewelry is ostentatious and does nothing to highlight an outfit.

It doesn't cost more money to dress appropriately.  You just have to make your selections carefully.  It is better to have a fewer pieces of flattering clothing than a closet full of clothes that do you no favors. Clothing can last a long time and serve you well if chosen carefully. 

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!



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