Bikinis and High Heels
We understand the temptation to create a leg-lengthening illusion, but this look is better left for advertisements and glossy fashion editorials. In real life, bathing suits + high heels are not glamorous; they're ridiculous.
As the weather gets warmer, clothes inevitably get smaller. And while now is the time to bare your shoulders, keep in mind that what once remained hidden under a sweater or cardigan is now in full view. Thankfully, there are lots of options to keep your bra straps under wraps, like racer-back or strapless styles.
Are you a gardener? No? Then you have absolutely no reason to be wearing plastic clogs on your feet. Ever.
We love us a good mini-skirt, but there's a time and a place, and yes, a mandatory hem-length. If you can't comfortably bend over, exit vehicles or climb stairs, it's time to consider something with a few more inches of fabric.
Living in Flip Flops
Flip flops are a summer wardrobe staple because they're easy to put on, waterproof and comfortable. So while we're not saying to ditch your flippy floppies outright (they're fine for the beach or the cottage), you shouldn't be slipping them on at work or even around the city.
On the other hand, you'll gain serious style points for sporting some chic espadrilles or leather thong sandals instead.
We pretty much live in sandals all summer long, but if you've neglected to take care of your feet over the long winter months, it's time for a little TLC. Unkempt, overgrown toenails are a big summer no-no. A pre-season pedicure is usually a good idea, but a buff and polish at home will also suffice.
Fake and Bake
To avoid the sun's harmful UV rays while still looking sun-kissed, we've come to rely on self-tanners and bronzing powders The trick is to not get carried away. A fake-and-bake can turn into a headache-inducing, neon nightmare before you know it.
Nothing ruins a gorgeous summer outfit quite like sweat stains. Apply anti-perspirant liberally during the sticky summer months, and opt for loose-fitting, breathable fabrics like silk or cotton -- -- avoid polyester and acrylic, which will only trap heat even more.
Platform Flip Flops
I'm sorry, petite ladies, but it's better to be vertically-challenged than fashionably-challenged. This '90s trend isn't coming back any time soon.
We might get a bit of heat for this one, but we're sticking to our guns. Unless you're attending a super-formal event, we suggest you ditch your sky-high stiletto pumps this season. There are so many cute sandals, peep-toe heels and wedges to choose from that we're instituting an outright ban on toe-covering footwear (at least outside the office!).
Bikinis Around Town
We never understood this. Why would you choose to go grocery shopping, walk the dog, or roller-blade in a bikini? Bikinis belong at the beach.
Peek-a-Boo Short Shorts
Daisy Dukes and denim cutoffs are what summer is all about, but that doesn't mean we want to see half your bum hanging out of them. Please, cover up those cheeks.
Not only do sunburns put you at risk for skin cancer and cause skin damage, but they clash with pretty much any outfit. Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 whenever you're outdoors.
Sweat and sunscreen can melt your makeup into an ooey gooey mess, and the more you've got on, the more noticeable it is.
So swap your heavier products for lighter fare (think tinted moisturizer instead of foundation). Besides, when your skin has a healthy summer glow, you can get away with wearing less.
Summer fashion faux pas may be the worst of all the seasons. It's tricky to dress appropriately and
comfortably when it's hot and sticky outside, and even worse, a lack of fabric means wardrobe malfunctions are commonplace.
This summer, don't let your sartorial savvy fall by the way-side. Click through the slideshow above for our tips on what not
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How to Get a Safe Summer Glow (No Tanning Required)