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    Slideshow: Your Goof-Proof Guide to Painless Fashion

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    Straps That Slice Into Your Ankles

    You don't have to accept pain with sexy shoes! When you go shoe shopping, try them on in the afternoon, when your feet tend to swell. That causes too-tight straps to cut into your ankles. If your strappy shoes give you a small blister anyway, skip the Band-Aid -- it will just rub off. Read More

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    Back-Breaking Handbag

    You probably can't get through the day without toting stuff like your makeup bag and workout gear. Choose a bag with strong, wide straps that won't cut into your shoulder blades. A cross-body bag takes pressure off your back and shoulders. And if you're stuffing it with everything you Read More

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    Body Shapers That Put the Squeeze On

    Body shapers are great if they aren't too small and if you don't wear them too long. Shapewear that's too tight can lead to blood pooling in your lower legs and raise your risk of varicose veins. If you wear a shaper that controls curves, take it off and lie or sit down with your legs raised for Read More

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    Too-High Heels

    Sadly, we can't prevent bunions or corns that come from wearing high heels. The best way to protect your feet from painful foot problems is to wear a flat shoe -- with a foot-supporting insert. Save the stilettos for special events only. If you just can't work a flat into your wardrobe, Read More

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    Flats Can Make Arches Ache

    Sometimes flats hurt, too. The reason your feet hurt while wearing ballet flats is they offer little to no rear-arch support. If you have flat feet, wearing this type of shoe will hurt less. But if your feet have more of an arch, they'll thank you if you slip them into a shoe that provides Read More

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    Itchy Wool Sweaters

    Some fabrics, like wool, can cause skin rashes because they irritate the skin. But other clothes you wear can also cause an itchy feeling, too. Layer your woolen sweaters over fitted, long-sleeve cotton shirts so you don't scratch all day. And keep your skin moisturized, because dry Read More

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    Heavy Earrings

    They may be cute, but large or heavy earrings can permanently stretch out your earlobes. Prevent the droopy look:

    • Wear light plastic earrings instead of metal ones.
    • Switch up heavy earrings with small ones every other day.
    • Stick to studs altogether.


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    Workout Woes: Chafing and Acne

    Once you get sweaty, your workout gear might give your skin a hard time. Your clothes might chafe or cause breakouts. Look for well-fitted gym clothes made of synthetic fabrics -- not cotton -- that draw moisture away from the skin. To avoid breakouts on your back or chest, change into dry Read More

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    Headbands = Headaches

    As cute and festive as they may be, some hair accessories can give you a headache. This is because they press down on the nerves in your scalp and forehead  -- and it might feel as bad as a migraine. Don't wear headbands or barrettes that hurt, or wear them only for a short Read More

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    Leg-Cramping Jeans

    Getting into your skinny jeans can make your day! But if they're so tight you can't walk or sit comfortably, you should loosen up. Your skinny jeans should be fitted, but they should not pinch your waistline or cut off your circulation. Choose one with a little stretch so they allow you to Read More

    Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on May 21, 2016


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