My worst fashion failures

When it comes to fashion, sometimes I think that one of us is failing the other. I’m not sure who is doing the terrible job here, but I can confirm that with some trends that are out there, the situation somehow ends in a complete failure.

To set things straight, I’m not a total fashion catastrophe, as I still consider myself as being a modern, fresh and feminine woman. I do like to shop, and I like to own a lot of clothes, accessories, shoes, bags, scarves and many other things that I don’t really need. Owning those things makes me feel good, and wearing them makes me feel refreshed and… Fabulous. I also like to wear a minimum amount of make-up, like lipstick, mascara and eyeliner. I do it because I like it, and not because I’m looking to impress anyone out there.

So to make it short and simple, fashion is great on most occasions, but not all. And somehow in this constant mishmash of trends and styles, I happen to, occasionally, fail abysmally…

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Here is a list of some of my most tragic failures.

Smokey eyes

I’ve tried it a few times. The first couple of times I blamed the YouTube tutorials for not being clear enough, so I kept trying over and over again (I was clearly enjoying being in denial). But then at one point, I eventually gave up and acknowledged that my failure was to be blamed on my capacity in applying this style of make-up, rather than on the tutorials themselves. That was when I stopped trying so hard for a look that I was not in such desperate need of after all.

Ultra high heels

During the day, I like to walk around in my ballerinas because they are more comfortable and they make it easier to run behind a toddler. However, I still love wearing heels, especially at work or at nighttime as they provide a more elegant look. But the type of heels that I am referring to here, are the short type – the ones that are less than two inches high.

I am tall enough (5’9 feet) so I don’t really need to get any taller than that. But even if that was not the case, I would never be able to walk around with those ultra-high heels. I tried them a couple of times, but it didn’t take me too long to agree that they were not made for me. They hurt, I can barely walk in them and they slow me down. And to top it off, I am extremely clumsy, so should there be any stairs in my way, I’ll easily turn into a real world Cinderella – or even worse, I’ll end-up with my face flat on the floor. However I look at them, I find nothing tempting in ultra-high heels, so I took them off my list a long time ago.

Backless dresses and shirts

As a first impression, I always find them sexy and I am tempted to buy them. But after a few trials, I realized that most of the backless clothes that I own remain in the closet simply because I can never seem to find the perfect bra to wear with them. Each one of these dresses and shirts requires a different type of miracle bra (and I just got tired of buying bras that I will only wear once a year).

Another solution to the backless sexy mania was the stick-on backless bra. Well, I tried that too, but my attempt only lasted for a short 30 seconds. To start with, I couldn’t bear the feeling of having this thing glued to me, and then I pictured my husband’s face when discovering this fashion insanity (or should I say “sensing it,” as a backless dress is always accompanied with sweet caresses – that could tragically turn into an unwanted interrogation).

These are just three of my fashion failures. Sometimes I wonder if some of the guys who invest in these fashion trends actually try it on themselves before sharing it with the rest of us. But then, I realize that most other women succeed in wearing them, so maybe the problem here is not the fashion trend, but just… Me? Any which way, I dislike these fashion trends and will maintain this opinion, as this is how I have learned to feel comfortable in my own skin.

The way I see it, fashion failed me, not the other way around.


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