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Style mistakes that are making you look old

Style mistakes that are making you look old

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Just like your makeup choices, your clothing style also needs to evolve as you age. Persisting on wearing styles that looked great on you 15 years ago will make you look older than you actually are. Keep reading to learn from the experts how to keep your clothing style fresh and age-appropriate.

Jumping on the bandwagon

Don't make the mistake of investing your hard-earned dollars in trends that may be gone by next season. Unless you have an unlimited budget, buying into flash-in-the-pan styles that will be passé within months is just wasting your money. Instead, you should invest in styles that will remain timeless classics and be used for years to come. Celebrity wardrobe stylist Alana Kelen advises, "Look to trends that are here to stay: leather, military, dark florals, plaid, and slimmer cuts such as tailored pants and pencil skirts."
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Holding on to the past

If you're like most women, styles that fit you when you were 16, 21, or 29 probably don't fit the same today. They may be too tight, or they may be baggy and loose in all the wrong places. Or it may fit just fine but look completely inappropriate for your age. If you really want to keep the piece in your wardrobe, try to have it tailored professionally so it fits your current proportions. If the piece can't be tailored to fit you, then your best option is to donate the item or sell it online or to a secondhand store in exchange for in-store credit. Is that floral baby-doll dress too sentimental to let go? Repurpose it into a new piece of clothing: a handbag, home decor, or something else. Check out this tutorial for ideas.

Going Rapunzel
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As we age, we begin to lose more fat from our faces. While this might be cause to celebrate, you need to make sure that your haircut evolves along with the shape of your face. The reason that you see older women sporting shorter "mom" haircuts is because they simply look better on them! You don't have to go full "Granny" with the super-short perm and rollers routine, though. Simply avoid letting your hair get too long, which can make your naturally thinner face look unhealthy. Choose bouncy and full layers that will frame your face and accentuate your features.

Tanning the old-fashioned way

Even if that beach-babe look was all the rage when we were younger, the baked complexion and wrinkles you get from prolonged ultraviolet exposure is definitely out. Unless you want to end up looking like "Tan Mom," make sure to use a strong sunscreen on your face and exposed body parts every day. Still crave that bronze glow? Go for a spray tan or invest in a high-quality fake tanning lotion. The fake tan formulas of today are much better than they were years ago, which means you can still get a natural-looking tan and don't have to worry about looking like a pumpkin.
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Wearing the wrong size

Just because you fit perfectly into a size six a decade ago does not mean you still do today. Sure, you may be able to squeeze into that pair of jeans and get them buttoned up, but if it's too tight or uncomfortable, it will feel awkward and make you look older — not younger. Don't get caught up in obsessing over the size that's on the tag, and focus on finding clothes that fit well. If you want to draw positive attention, don't be afraid to wear styles you enjoy like mini-skirts or skinny jeans, but make sure they fit you properly when you purchase them! On the flip side, don't cover yourself up with loose, baggy clothing when you don't need to. You might not feel confident in figure-hugging clothing, but wearing clothing that is too big for you will make you look boxy and larger than you are. Above all, go for a good and comfortable fit. If your clothes feel comfortable to wear, you will feel more comfortable and confident while wearing them, and confidence is the most youth-enhancing tool in your arsenal!

Forgetting a belt

To go along with the previous tip about loose or baggy clothing, sometimes an item in your wardrobe is baggy by necessity — like a flowing dress, or overcoat. Straight lines from your armpits down to your knees can make you look like you're wearing a shapeless sack instead of a dress. Show off your curves by adding a cute belt to that dress or coat. It will accentuate your shape and let you still wear those comfortable items in your wardrobe without looking like you're wearing a muumuu.

Wearing the wrong silhouette
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You need to focus on accentuating the positive when it comes to your daily outfit choices. As Alana Kelen advises, "A great rule of thumb is that if you're wearing a skinny silhouette on the bottom, choose a more forgiving, flowy piece on top. Or flip it: If wearing a tighter top, add a looser, flared skirt or a wide-leg pant to balance out the proportions." For example, skinny jeans look youthful and fresh when paired with a brightly colored tunic, but they may look like you're trying too hard to be 18 again if you wear them with a tight camisole tank top.

Picking the wrong colors

Color can make a huge difference in how old you look. Picking the wrong color can make you look dull, ashen, and sickly. If you want to look fresh-faced and glowing, you need to choose colors that accentuate your natural skin's complexion and undertones. To help you out, we have a great guide on figuring out your skin's normal undertone and what colors work best for you. Check out the best clothing colors for your skin tone!
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