The #1 Fashion Mistake People Make

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OK, I know this is a bold statement to make, but today I’m sharing the #1 fashion mistake that people make. Yes, people–not just women–all make the same fashion mistake. The good news is it’s an easy fix and will forever change your style.

striped button-front midi dress // white statement earrings // sunglasses // clutch c/o // sandals (dupes here)

We’re going to start this with a test. What size do you think the dress I’m wearing is? For reference, I’m typically a size small or medium top and a size 10 bottom at Old Navy. Make your guess and keep reading–we’ll circle back to this at the end.


The #1 fashion mistake people make is buying “their size” in clothes! And here’s why. First, clothes are not consistently sized across the board. In jeans, you may be a size 8 in one brand and a size 12 in another. Some size 10 jeans are too big on me, and some give me muffin top (ugh). So I’ll size up or down depending on actual fit.

Second, the actual fit of clothing is different on every body type. Here’s what I mean: right now, oversized tees are in-style. You go try on your typical size medium, but it’s an oversized fit that swallows you, so you should size down to a small. Or, you try on your typical size large in a fitted tee, but it’s too fitted, so you should size up to an extra large.


Luckily, how to fix the #1 fashion mistake people make is an easy fix! Stop buying clothes by solely based on what the tag says. Recognize that “your size” is a starting point for any piece of clothing. Be sure to read the fit guide and the reviews, then purchase according to that sizing info. If you’re in-store, grab several sizes and try them on, just to see which fits your size and body type the best.

Now, to circle back to my question about what size dress I’m wearing. . .y’all, this is an XXL! I would typically take a size large in a fitted dress like this, so I had to size up two sizes for it to fit the way I wanted. I grabbed a 4X in store, and without looking at the tag, I thought it was an XL. But you still wouldn’t know what size was on the tag INSIDE the dress, if I wouldn’t have told you, right? Y’all, stop worrying about the size on the tag–no one else will see it, but they will see ill-fitting clothes a mile away.

Photos by Space, Place and Southern Grace PhotographySpace, Place and Southern Grace Photography.

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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