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Summer Fashion Faux-Pas

Fashion Faux Pas
Fashion Faux Pas
A faux pas is a socially awkward or tactless act, especially one that violates accepted social norms, standard customs, or the rules of etiquette. The expression comes from French, where it means "false step", "misstep". Having been used in English for over 300 years, it is no longer italicized in writing. | Photo: | Fashion Faux Pas, Bad Fashion, Hat, Runway, Tounge, Blunder, Misstep,

Glam it up by taming it down

It's that time again when we jump into skimpy clothes and itty-bitty tiny bathing suits. But in more recent years, we have really gotten into glamming it up, whether on the beach or at the pool ' you know what I'm talking about ladies: big earrings, sunglasses, necklaces, floppy hats, fashion-forward cover-ups, and even high-heels. So how do you know if you're doing it right or not? I mean, you can look killer in a pair of heels by the pool, or you could just look like you're trying too hard. So where's the line? Here are a few don'ts that I would suggest staying away from (having just come back from Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend, I can tell you that I've seen the not-so-nice reactions to these exact scenarios):

1. Wearing Shoes Meant for the Club: Stilettos are just too much, even if you have a bangin' body. Nobody will be looking at your feet anyway if that's the case. Instead, opt for some summer wedges with a pop of color ' neon is very in right now and Downtown LA Santee Street has a multitude of colors and styles to choose from. Save the uber-sexiness for night when you have the outfit to really compliment those shoes (and your new tan). At the beach or pool, you want to look like you've made minimal effort (of course us girls know differently), but still looking sexy and laid-back. No guy likes a high-maintenance girl and if you look like it from the get-go, you won't be getting any play!

2. Don't Wear Shoes You Can't Walk In: Along the same lines as #1, you'll just look foolish and silly with shoes that are either not comfortable, that won't work for walking around with wet and/or sandy feet or those that your toes hang over the edge of. Just don't do it. Go back to flip-flops if this is your only high-heeled option.

3. Wearing a Bathing Suit Too Small: I get that we are all self-conscious about the number on the inside of the bathing suit, but a well-fitting bathing suit (and the rest of your clothes for that matter) will make you look smaller than if you're trying to squeeze into one that's one size too small. Trust me on this ' you don't want a muffin top in Vegas for all to see (and believe me, they will be looking).

4. Wearing Too Much Makeup: Again, this goes with the whole 'trying too hard' scenario above. Save that for the evening when you can really get dolled up. A man wants a woman who is confident in who she is and who doesn't need all the excess 'stuff' to look hot. Besides, being by the pool and/or sea is supposed to be a relaxing, fun experience. Guys can tell when you're uncomfortable in your own skin and not being genuine. What's the point of going if you can't cool down in the water without worrying about messing up your makeup? If you must, wear a bit of waterproof mascara, some lip gloss and be on your merry way. (And don't forget to always wear sunscreen). Men are much more appreciative of natural beauty, so play up your favorite features, and they will be sure to be noticed because of the difference in the way you will carry yourself!

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Updated Aug 12, 2017 1:49 PM EDT | More details

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