I’ve spent my entire life working in and around fashion, so when I’m asked how women can achieve amazing style, I start with telling them to avoid these 3 mistakes. And they’re not at all the classics that most women are used to hearing: wearing white after labor day; over-accessorizing looks; even socks with sandals.

The mistakes I see too many women make when it comes to their style, may not even be anything you’ve thought of before. Do you want to try and guess before I reveal what they are?

Hint: If you’ve worked with me before or are familiar with the Polished brand, then you know that confidence and knowledge are the accessories we encourage you to never leave the house without.

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We strongly believe that if you avoid these 3 mistakes, then your amazing individual style will thrive…

Mistake #1

Comparing Yourself to Others

STOP comparing yourself to others! Honor your own beauty and uniqueness. If you find it difficult to stop this nasty habit and seeing other women is a trigger for you to compare yourself, then manage what you see. The easiest way to do this is by auditing the content and stylish women you admire. I get it. Social media can be a toxic place. But just like your closet, when you curate it in a way that speaks to your taste and lifestyle, then it can benefit you. So I recommend following fashion and style influencers that have similar bodies and style taste as you. Some brands or tips they share may end up becoming your new all time favorite.

Mistake #2

Thinking Everything Off the Rack is Supposed to Fit You Perfectly

This is a sure fire way to set you up for insecurity. Take it from someone who has worked in corporate fashion for over 20 years. Having led teams that manufacture the clothing you shop in stores, I can 100% confirm that designers do not have your body in mind when measuring and deciding on size runs. Fresh out of college working as an international product developer, I learned that it is rare that a garment will fit you perfectly straight off the rack without a nip or a tuck. That’s why it’s important to have a go-to tailor to perfect your fit. You want to look ready and professional in comfort.

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Mistake #3

You Must Follow Every Trend to Stay in Style

Absolutely not! In fact, basing your entire wardrobe on trends will date you. Now, I love a little wardrobe refresh every season, but the truth is great style comes from having an arsenal of quality basics to anchor your fashion looks with. Invest in the best quality and fitting wardrobe basics you can afford. That way they last and you don’t have to worry about updating them so often. They will also be easily paired with colorful or printed accessories and outerwear, so no one will even be able to tell you’re wearing the same basics.

After reading the 3 mistakes to avoid to help you have amazing style, have you found yourself guilty of any? As women, we can be in any stage of life and feel like we’ve lived a thousand different lives all at once. That comes with different phases of styles and trends. So if you’re looking for more guidance and tips on keeping up with your own personal style, sign up for the weekly Polished newsletter. You’ll receive alerts of our new blog posts weekly, as well as be the first to know when we have new openings to our style programs and new courses.

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