18 Fashion Tips I Wish I Had Known Before I was 18

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A few months ago, I wrote an article for Latest-Hairstyles detailing 18 hair tips I wish I had known before I was 18. To my surprise, the post quickly went viral, garnering over 20,000 pins and shares, which got me thinking: why not write something similar but about fashion? While I was voted “Most Fashionable” my senior year of high school, there’s still SO much I’ve learned about my personal style since then. No matter what age you are, every woman can appreciate these fashion tips.

1. Quit trying to one-up your friends

Everyone’s so damn concerned with rocking the coolest clothes in high school. Fashion shouldn’t be a competition though. It should be a reflection of who you are, not how much money you (or your parents) have.

2. Accessories are everything

Sure, I rocked the occasional chocker necklace and trucker hat in high school. I was never huge on accessories, however. Now, I’ve learned that a great statement necklace or an armload of funky bangles can truly make an old outfit look brand new.

3. But confidence is by far your best accessory

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Remember that hottie in high school that wasn’t actually that hot he just had a whole lot of swag? Style is the exact same way. Confidence is — and always will be — your best accessory. Never forget that.

4. Size is but a number

From too tight pants to ill-fitting tops, so many women are so concerned with the number on that tag that they refuse to go up a size even when it would so much look better. Personally, I’d rather rock a size 6 than a size 4 if the 4 gives me a muffin top, but that’s just me…

5. Stop following trends

I don’t know about you, but at my high school, everyone was like a total clone of each other. We all had the same stuff from Abercrombie and Hollister, whether it worked for our particular body types or not. It’s okay to try out new trends. Don’t feel like you have to wear something just because it’s the “cool” thing to do.

6. Dare to be different

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Take a tip or two from the goth kids you went to school with. You think they gave a crap about what other people thought? Not a chance, lady.

7. Quality over quantity ALWAYS

While I love a good cheapo purchase now and then, I’ve learned to stock my closet with quality pieces that I can wear for years to come. Believe it or not, this will actually help save you money in the long run (i.e., your clothes won’t fade or fall apart after you wash them once!).

8. Shop around for the best deals

When I wasn’t purchasing my own clothes (thanks mom and dad!), I never paid attention to deals at all. Now, before I buy anything, I always browse the Internet first to see if an online retailer is having a sale, simply offers free shipping or has what I want at a better price point.

9. Stop being such a label whore

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“Subtlety is much classier.” Love this quote from personal shopper Betty Halbreich.

10. Invest in the basics

Stop throwing your money away on trendy items that will go out of style in a few months. Invest in the basics instead, like a great white tee or the perfect pair of trousers. You’ll thank me later, trust.

11. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Fashion is all about having fun. So mismatch, play around with prints and patterns, wear something that’s completely and utterly out of the box even if you’re a little scared to. The only thing you’ll end up regretting is the style risks you didn’t take.

12. Rules were meant to be broken

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Quit stressing over whether or not you can wear white after Labor Day or pair silver jewelry with gold. Pave your own style path and create your own fashion rules. And just say eff it to the rest.

13. Choose your graphic tees wisely

Do you really need to let dudes know how desperate or vulgar you are via your outfit? Me thinks not (and your mother totes agrees too!).

14. Wear it again

I promise you, no one is going to realize or give two shits that you wore that dress to a party two months back. You paid good money for it, so yes, wear it again…and again…and again! Style it a different way the next time if pictures are involved.

15. Ugly is subjective

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The late Alexander McQueen said it best: “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” Wear what inspires you, not what others say you should aspire to.

16. Appreciate what you do have

I can’t tell you how many times I used to complain (and okay, guilty, still do) about how I have nothing to wear in my closet. There are kids who legitimately have nothing to wear besides the dirty, tattered clothes on their backs right now. Be appreciative people. Just be appreciative.

17. Dress for comfort

Despite how haute those high heels looked on the rack, if you can’t walk in them, you won’t look hot at all. Comfort is key, ladies.

18. Your clothes don’t define you

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Remember: a pretty bag may catch the eye, but a pretty personality captures the heart. Your clothes give others a general impression of who you are; it’s what’s on the inside that truly counts though.

8 Comments on 18 Fashion Tips I Wish I Had Known Before I was 18

  1. Christine
    August 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    This is an important blog and are words to remember

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  2. Juliana
    August 29, 2013 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    I’m going into high school in just a few days, so I’m really glad I read this post to help me feel a bit more confident about my fashion choices. Thanks for sharing!

    - Juliana

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    • Liz
      August 30, 2013 at 11:07 am (3 years ago)

      So glad you liked it Juliana! I’m sure you’ll kill it in High School :)

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  3. Madame Ostrich
    August 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this!! Such true points and a great, uplifting read. I wish I would have known this as well–would have saved a lot of time and money always trying to “keep up” when I could have been bettering myself in different ways!

    Thanks for the fun read!

    XxMO

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    • Liz
      August 30, 2013 at 11:09 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you for the sweet comments! Glad to know people are taking away the true meaning of the article!

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  4. Ashley
    August 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm (3 years ago)

    This is cute and all very true :) Great post, girl!

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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    • Liz
      August 30, 2013 at 11:09 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Ashley!!

      Reply
  5. Bohmyi
    September 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

    This post really touched me, because all of them went into a deeper sense of what the word fashion means. I really do love this post and appreciate you a lot for writing it, because as someone who’s just going into high school (oh, high school) I know these tips are definitely relevant to me. Great job on the post, lovely! x

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