As the months get colder, clothes become more comfortable.
But an elegance coach has warned that many women make themselves “basic” by not paying more attention to their wardrobe.
Anna Bey, who splits her time between London and Geneva and runs the School of Affluence online business, recently explained YouTube video that fall fail-safes like plaid shirts and leggings make “ladies look like they don’t care.”
Even pieces that may seem chic, such as Chelsea boots and teddy coats, should be avoided because they are just too ordinary.”
Here, FEMAIL reveals the eight garments that Anna says are best avoided…
‘Basic’ Chelsea boots
Anna Bey, who splits her time between London and Geneva, explained fall fail-safes like Chelsea boots in a recent YouTube video (pictured in stock image)
Anna said: ‘Chelsea boots are a typical everyday shoe. And by the way, I’m not rejecting this shoe at all.
“The problem with this boot, though, is that women are wearing it the wrong way. They love wearing it with skinny pants or skinny jeans, which is why they look so incredibly basic.
“I think this is probably one of the most common looks we’ve seen,” she said, before adding, “And it’s not flattering on most body shapes.
“You have to have a supermodel body, long, slender legs, tall, to really look good in this look, but most of us don’t have this type of body shape, so for this reason, if we don’t look good, we go we look pretty basic.
“Worse, I also like the color of the boots because you have a lot of brown, and that really degrades that even more. It really cuts the leg ladies so I don’t want you wearing this, you’re going to look short, you’re going to look wider than you are.”
Teddy coats are NOT flattering
Anna is not a fan of the teddy coat and compared the garment to a ‘morning robe’. stock image
The elegant carriage said, “Should we just call the teddy coat a dressing gown? Because that’s how I literally feel sometimes. It seems you know, you just woke up, you know, you put on your robe and you just go and brush your teeth.
‘this coat’ isn’t that flattering for anyone, especially if you’re not skinny. We with ordinary bodies can’t get away with it.
The teddy coat has no shape, it’s very straight, it’s very boxy, plus the really thick material of it, you look wider, you look taller, you look manly and you lose your shape.
‘So, if you want a jacket for fall, definitely get a jacket with a more feminine shape, maybe with a belt, maybe with a defined waist…thinner materials.
casual cargo jackets
Anna warned against wearing cargo jackets (pictured in stock image), saying she rarely “upgrades” a look
“I don’t mind a little freight for the right occasion,” Anna said.
“Look at Kate Middleton as an example, she does workwear and it works great for her, but she would only wear it for the right activity.
“Unfortunately, ladies, they switch to freight in the fall, I don’t know why. But it doesn’t really improve the look. Instead, it looks very casual.
‘Why don’t you wear a nice blazer or a nice structured jacket. You have to look appropriate for the activity you’re doing.’
No open-toed sandals
Anna explained that open-toed sandals are “not appropriate” in the fall or winter. stock image
Anna said: ‘Open-toed sandals are not suitable for ladies in the autumn or winter season. It just doesn’t fit.
‘Cheap’ thick scarves
“There’s something about the really heavy knit… I think it looks very ordinary, Jane,” said the elegance coach.
“You want to think if you want a really, you know, nice warm scarf that it’s not in this kind of material, you might want to be in a different fabric, maybe you want more I don’t know, a different kind of texture .
‘You just don’t want to have such large nets. I don’t know, there’s nothing expensive about them. I can’t really define why it is the way it is.’
“It’s not elegant, and it’s a little too cold, you know, looks a little weird to tell you the truth.
“Of course there will be exceptions, there are always exceptions with the most rules out there.”
She noted that when wearing evening dresses, some open-toed sandals would look flattering to pair with them, and should still be worn on that occasion.
“Keep in mind that peeptoe shoes are actually a kind of closed shoe, so you don’t have to store them. Those are still fine to wear during the winter months,” she added.
Never combine black tights with colorful shorts or shoes
The elegance coach said, “Black tights worn with contrasting color shorts isn’t okay. Who would wear black tights with blue jeans? Makes no sense to me.
“If it’s a bit of a contrast, say dark gray shorts with black tights, that’s okay, because you’re in about the same region in terms of color.
“But a contrasting color looks weird and it doesn’t look flattering, not even because black tights with, you know, dark shorts, at least it’s going to have kind of a monochromatic effect and they’re going to elongate a little bit, everything, but if there’s a color contrast, it breaks it down and you actually look shorter.’
Anna added that the same rule applies to wearing contrasting colored shoes with black tights, and should be avoided if possible to make your legs look longer.
Leggings with high boots make it look like you’ve ‘gave up’
The combination of leggings and high boots makes it seem as if a woman is not ‘elegant’. stock image
‘These ladies, symbolizes, I don’t care, who cares, whatever, I don’t care. I am lazy.
“For those who want to be more elegant, we can’t go this way ladies, we really can’t.
“It’s definitely not an elegant look, and I think if you’re careful with your personal brands, you should get away from this sort of thing.”
‘Male Plaid Shirts’
They may be popular, but Anna says plaid shirts (pictured in stock photo) are best avoided
“Checkered shirts seem very degraded,” Anna said. “It looks very manly, again, it seems like you don’t care.
“It won’t elevate you, it will degrade you and make you look more masculine, so stay away.”