6 Major Fashion Week Faux Pas

New York, New York
January 22, 2018

As you may have seen or heard, Fashion Month kicked off this past week with Menswear in Milan and now, Couture in Paris. While I, not so gracefully pack up my apartment (admittedly haven’t changed out of my sweats in days), I watch with FOMO as my peers elegantly grace the Parisian Pavement – trust me when I say it just gets me so excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks. Yes, NYFW is upon us. My advice? Embrace the cold. That’s all I have to say. Don’t even attempt not to layer up. Speaking of my advice, over the years, I’ve learned a few things along the way, mostly what not to do during fashion month – for the sake of this article, let’s call them Fashion Week Faux Pas. So if this is your first, or fifth fashion week, here are five major Fashion Week Faux pas’s and how to avoid them like the plague.

Do Take Note

You will undoubtedly see a ton of people who either know you from their feed or who you have meet in the past. Some people don’t have the courtesy of refreshing you with this knowledge, so the best way to greet acquaintances you’ve not seen in a while is to give them a proper refresher from the start. “Hi Sarah, it’s Jenny from Margo & Me, we met in Paris last Spring.” Sometimes the casual “Hi, how are you, great to see you again” can lead to a confusing back and forth that leaves you wondering who that person was for the next four hours or even worse, them wondering who you were! Carry a chic business card holder and be sure to hand those out, no matter how old-fashioned it might seem. Lastly, when in doubt, it’s always “Nice to see you” not “Nice to meet you” for obvious reasons.

Don’t Over Commit

It happens to the best of us. You want to take meetings, catch up with friends, support every designer at their shows, previews and in-store events. But let’s face it, you are a one-woman show, and you can’t be in more places than one at any given moment. Pick and choose your battles wisely because if there’s one thing worse than politely declining because your schedule doesn’t permit, it’s not showing up when you say you will.  And don’t let your default line become, “Let’s grab a drink” unless you actually mean it.

Do Personal Hygiene

Ladies, perfume sticks, and gum are your best friend. Fashion Week calls for close encounters. You will be sitting shoulder to shoulder with the who’s who of fashion and the last thing you want to do is leave a stinky first impression.

Do Carry a Portable Charger

Aka fashion week gold. I’ve actually had the funniest encounters with lending people my charger that has made for very interesting stories. You never want to be THAT GIRL who’s forgotten one. Fashion week is chaotic enough, don’t let a dead phone get in the way of you and all that work you put into getting to that show!

Do Resist Fomo

There will be shows and events that you won’t attend due to scheduling conflicts. Don’t get down about it. Fashion week is a marathon, not a sprint. Hats off to everyone who can make that schedule work for them but knowing your pace is essential to your health. If you need a break, be sure to take one! And don’t forget to eat!

Do Set Pickup Time

If you don’t know, now you know. Uber has pickup times so there’s officially no excuse for being late. And if you are, don’t act like you’re in some big rush, keep it calm, cool and collected, always.


Photos by Fred Cipoletti 

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This is really helpful post and very informative there is no doubt about it. I found this one pretty fascinating and it should go into my collection. Very good work! I am Impressed.

Those are great tips!! If only I could enter even one show of the Fashion weeks, I am trying this year in Paris though, fingers crossed 😉
Thanks for sharing Jenny, Hope to meet in the future 🙂

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Good luck babe and would love to meet!

Thank you for sharing, Jenny. Such thoughtful reminders about how to be kind, classy and graceful in powerful but simple ways.

I love this look it’s so elegant! Wonderful universal suggestions for fashion week too.

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Beth Shankle Anderson

Perfect suggestions! I’ve only been to NYFW in September when the weather was great. I’m a Floridian who can’t take the cold!!

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Love these tips! I have never ‘done’ a fashion week but it’s always interesting to read things like this! I feel like these tips can relate to a lot of other areas of life too! XX

Frances Kayleigh | Fashion & Lifestyle

I’m keeping my fingers crossed the forecast isn’t too miserable for NYFW next month, but I agree — you may as well just embrace the phone. A portable charger is also gold – and actually a great conversation starter at shows when others phones are dying. Hope you have a wonderful time and I’m going to make sure to say hi if I see you. I saw you at Naeem Khan a couple season ago but was in such a mad rush to my next event..but it would be lovely to say hi in person!

xoxo – Kelly

Thank you so much!! I am actually going to NYFW this Feb for the first time in my life. I am super excited and it would be an honor if I got to meet you! I appreciate all the tips. Especially the gum and perfume one. LOL

OOOO how exciting! Hope we get to meet, xx

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