What not to wear

Going out dressed like that? Lucie Loo tackles tacky style and breaks down the fashion eyesores that she's seen recently.

After getting an e-mail called "WTF! What is this person wearing today?" our blogger wrote about what is – and isn't – appropriate office wear.

Lucie Loo's quick style guide:

1. If the garment you have on looks like you forgot to take off your nighty, wearing a long-sleeved top underneath it doesn't make it OK.

2. I know that we can't all afford to wear Chanel or Gucci (I know I sure cant), but I am sure we can all look good on a budget. Stay clear of shiny, cheap looking fabrics. If what you're wearing looks like something you might be able to make a bridesmaid dress out of, then it's a no.

3. I am all for retro. In fact, I love retro, but in certain cases some garments just look old, and outdated – period. Some things will never, but never have the retro coolness. Like banana clips for your hair. It made your hair resemble a strange fruit (think a mango minus the flesh). It was horrible in the 80s and it's horrible now.

4. Avoid double denim at all times. Even real skinny people can't quite pull of this look. What I see is 3/4 jeans, denim pumps and a denim gilet – not even a waistcoat. Just step away from the denim – now.

5. I said it before, and I will say it again, no one will know your real size, so go ahead, take that bigger size.

Moving onto hair…

Now I am not saying that one can't pick the hairstyle you love and rock it, but sometimes a bit more thought must go into what you ask your hairdresser to do with your tresses.

For example, I have very curly and fine, fly-away hair. So before I go for any kind of new hairstyle, I ask the stylist, "Will this style work with my hair?" If the answer is no, well then I have to accept it and move on.  There is no point in me going into the salon clutching a picture of Uma Thurman's hairstyle in Pulp Fiction (I know it was a wig) in my grubby paws and hoping my fly-away, curly-at-the-hint-of-moisture-hair will ever look like that.

My rule of thumb is: if you can't recreate the hairstyle at home, then maybe it isn't for you.

Read more from Lucie Loo on her blog.

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