Platform stripper shoes – I know, high-heels make us feel good and give a little swagger, but when did Minnie Mouse/lap-dancing platform shoes become chic? The chunkiness plays havoc with outfit proportions and can resemble over-sized novelty slippers making your legs look spindly. To me, a hefty platform ruins a form-fitting dress or hourglass gown (yes VB I am envisaging you tottering through the airport, half luxury brand-ambassador, half lads-mag fodder).
Novelty/Fashion Socks – say the same about you as would a novelty tie or earrings. In fact, all socks should be kept to an absolute minimum (nestled under a long boot or worn with trainers on a run are acceptable exceptions). I find them adorable on under-fives but cute, quirky or colourful socks will sabotage any respectable outfit. Even if mostly hidden from view, you’ll know you’re wearing them.
Translucent leggings – it’s like that nightmare where you leave your house without putting a skirt on and everyone sees your pants. There seems to be such frequent sightings, the nightmare has turned real. It’s difficult to know where to look when behind such legging-wearers on an escalator. If in doubt get a friend to check (in harsh daylight) fabric transparency levels, the VPL situation and overall appropriateness prior to leaving the house.
Too-small sandals – the over-grip of toes poking out of a sandal makes metatarsals look squished and even more unappealing than normal. It looks like the shoe is being held on by the first three toes alone and any pedicure consideration has been money down the spa bath. Give. Them. Away. Immediately.
Mobile phone accessories – anything that clips, grips or adheres to a phone is superfluous and is more inappropriate if you are over GCSE age. I don’t care if it’s easier to answer attached to your hip or around your neck, I’d prefer you missed 1 out of every three calls than wear a lanyard or Gareth Keenan style holster. Similarly, ‘fun’ stickers or diamante décor is tantamount to filling your car’s dashboard or parcel shelf with cuddly toys.