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12 Outfit Mistakes That Make Us Look Messy

When we talk about a messy look we usually imagine a person in torn or untidy clothes and greasy hair. However, there are other subtle signs and hidden details that can make us look messy.

We at Bright Side gathered a list of things that can give off the impression of a messy person. Pay attention to your appearance to make sure you always look flawless.

1. Hair roots

It doesn't matter if your roots are darker or lighter. The appearance of different colored roots can make you appear ungroomed and can definitely affect a first impression.

What to do:

  • If you radically change your hair color, make sure that you dye your roots regularly.
  • If you get tired of constantly dying your hair, you can change it back to your natural hair color.

2. A hair tie on a wrist

It often happens to busy women who like to do their hair on the go. It's very convenient, but a hair tie can ruin your whole look. A hair tie isn't a bracelet or a watch; it belongs in your hair or in your purse.

What to do:

  • Wear beautiful bracelets on your wrists and keep your hair ties in your purse.

3. The topknot

What do we usually do when our hair gets in the way and we don't have the time to create a perfect hairstyle? We tie it up in a topknot, a simple bun with tangles and unruly hair ends. This hairstyle is perfect when you're sitting at home and no one can see you, but we doubt it would be suitable for work.

What to do:

  • Take a few minutes to fix your hair. Carrying dry shampoo, a small comb, and some bobby pins is always a good idea.
  • Put your hair into a ponytail or braid it.

4. Untidy cuticles and hangnails

You may think that this is such a small thing and that no one would ever notice it, but some people do notice such things and these small details make up our total impression of a person. Even a flawless look can be spoiled by untidy nails.

What to do:

  • Take care of your hands and nails regularly. It takes only 2 minutes a day if you use moisturizer, cuticle cream, and make sure to trim your nails.

5. The wrong shade of foundation or powder

If the shade is too dark or too light, your face will contrast with your neck and this doesn't look good.

What to do:

  • When you choose a shade of a foundation, try a few samples. Apply each shade on your chin and pick the one that matches your neck color.

6. 2 big bags at once

A big shopping bag is a good choice to carry your groceries from your car to your house. However, it's not wise to carry it every day along with your purse. There's a chance you'll look cluttered.

What to do:

  • Take a close look at what you have inside these bags. Do you really need all of the things that you carry in both of them?

7. The appearance of underwear

Unless part of your outfit is a bra strap peeking out from under your blouse or shapewear showing from under your pants, it's rarely a good thing. On the contrary, people around you might think that you didn't bother to look at yourself in the mirror.

What to do:

  • Make sure that your underwear stays under your clothes.

8. Dry skin

We all know that skin must be moisturized. And not only because dry skin causes wrinkles to appear much sooner but also because dry facial skin looks very untidy and rough.

What to do:

  • Regularly use moisturizing creams and serums.

9. Split ends

If you've been growing your hair out for several months, it doesn't mean you shouldn't trim it and cut off the split ends. When split ends appear, they can ruin your whole hairstyle. And who wants that, right?

What to do:

  • Schedule an appointment with your hairstylist.

10. Constantly fixing your clothes

Constant attempts to fix your clothes are irritating to both you and the people around you. People might think that you bought a very uncomfortable dress for yourself and this is not the impression you wish to give off.

What to do:

  • Choose clothes that fit well and are comfortable enough so that you don't have to constantly fix your outfit.

11. Chapped lips

A bright shade of a lipstick applied to chapped lips makes the problem look even worse. It makes you look like you're 15 years old and you've just been kissing in the cold. It can't qualify for a polished look.

What to do:

  • Don't use bright lipstick until your lips are healthy. Switch to a moisturizing lip balm. If your lips are severely dry, use special treatments.
  • Apply ChapStick under your lipstick.

12. Animal hair on clothes

It looks like it's invisible but it's really not. People will surely notice the animal hair and this will ruin your beautiful look.

What to do:

  • Don't wear your best clothes when you play with your pet. Always check if there's any fur on your clean clothes.
  • Carry a lint roller in your bag or car, or keep one at work.

Have you ever observed any seemingly unnoticeable details that ruined someone's look? What would you recommend to avoid looking messy? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Photographer Roman Zaharchenko for Bright Side
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