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30 Fall & Winter Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Older

Not Pairing Black and Navy

If you think black and navy don’t go together, you are mistaken. These dark hues can look incredibly chic if you pair them correctly! Start off by wearing a black sweater with dark navy jeans. Once you’re comfortable, you can branch out to wearing a navy blouse with a black jacket or a navy dress with black tights. 

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Always Playing It Safe

Look at the colors and outfits in your wardrobe. Are they mostly neutrals with very few variations? If your style hasn’t changed much in the last decade, that undoubtedly dates you. Instead, update your wardrobe with a new blouse or pair of pants, preferably something that adds color.

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Wearing the Wrong Shoes

Winter is all about the booties and thigh-high boots. So put away your skinniest heels and medium-length boots, reserve your UGG boots for around the house, and soak up boots season!

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Thinking Winter = Long Hair

Long, flowing locks are the perfect winter accessory, but consider going a little shorter this winter. For one thing, short hair (the "Lob," in particular) is in right now. Plus, shorter hair actually makes you look thinner and younger.

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Over Accessorizing

There’s a fine line between wearing the right number of accessories and going overboard. Some women can wear a ton of accessories and look good – looking at you, Iris Apfel. However, it’s pretty tough for most women to pull it off. We agree with Coco when she said take off the last thing you put on.

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Not Using Winter Accessories to Your Advantage

From blanket scarves to leather gloves, winter fashion accessories are the best fashion accessories. Take advantage of the season and add pops of color and flair to your winter outfits.

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Wearing Ill-Fitting Sweaters

Oversized sweaters are cute in theory, and perfectly acceptable (not to mention super comfy) to wear around the house. But an ill-fitting sweater doesn't look flattering on anyone, so if you're stepping out in public you might want to change into a more lightweight sweater, like chenille.

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Not Tailoring Your Clothing

Winter clothing tends to already be bulky and oversized, but by not having your coats tailored, you're just adding extra bulk.

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Pairing the Same Coat With Everything

If it’s really cold where you live, you may be tempted to pair the same, black parka with every outfit in order to keep warm. Yet, wearing that same coat every day makes your outerwear look like an afterthought, rather than a crucial component of your outfit. Instead, invest in two or three warm, staple coats in a variety of neutral tones. 

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Wearing Cheap Outerwear

If there is one area where you should splurge, it’s outerwear. People will be able to tell if you scored your new coat for $40, so it’s worth it to pay a little more for a quality one that’s comfortable and won’t start to fall apart after a single season. Choose a classic style that will last, like a trench or duster coat. 

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Being Afraid to Dress Casual

In case you haven’t heard, athleisure and casual wear is all the rage right now in the fashion world. Comfort is becoming as important as style, which makes it perfectly acceptable to wear your sweatpants and sneakers outside the house. Stick to modernized styles, like jogger pants and Adidas Superstars. Leave the ratty, holey sweats at home to keep from looking unpolished.

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Going Dark With Your Hair and Makeup

Winter fashion is all about rocking black, mauve, and navy everything. So when you go dark with your makeup too, you get a harsh look that can really age you. Instead, choose a nude lipstick and pair it with bold, winged eyeliner. If you want to sport a red or dark lip, just make sure you go light everywhere else.

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Donning Ugly Holiday Patterns

Sweaters are a winter fashion staple, but opt for a nice neutral color like white, black, or gray. Steer clear of cheesy holiday patterns that feature snowflakes, reindeer, etc.

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Not Wearing White

“No white after labor day” is one of the most outdated fashion rules there is. Winter whites are incredibly chic, and they can make you look young and fresh. Pair your favorite white jeans or pants with a striped top, ankle booties or flats, and a gray coat for a fashion blogger-worthy look. 

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Wearing Baggy Clothes

Oversized tops and sweaters are trending right now, but some people don’t realize that there’s a difference between oversized and baggy. The trick to making sure a sweater isn’t too big on you is to check the sleeves. Properly oversized sweaters will come to your wrists, while baggy ones will be far too long.

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Wearing Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks are out (they've been out for a really long time, in case you missed it). Instead, shop for mock turtlenecks. They're a tad shorter than turtlenecks, a looser fit, and so much more flattering.

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Keeping Old Glasses

Wearing your old frames from over a decade ago can save you a little money, but nothing makes you look older than glasses from the 80s. Style has changed quite a bit, and your frames should too. They’re often the first thing people see, and they highlight your features. You can pick up a new pair for pretty cheap online as long as you have your prescription.

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Not Mixing Prints

Whoever said you couldn't mix prints is seriously disturbed. Leopard print looks amazing with plaid, and gold and silver jewelry is an edgy-chic combination. Mix and match all you want this winter season! Start out simple. Mix vertically striped pants with a floral top or a herringbone vest with a plaid shirt. 

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Wearing Shapeless Coats

It’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a silhouette! You can easily get a great silhouette by purchasing a coat that’s a little tailored in at the hips. Alternatively, you can also use a chunky belt to wrap around your waist if you know you won’t take the coat off for a while.

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Not Moisturizing Your Hands and Chest

Moisturizer is essential, but never more critical than it is during the winter. Skin can become dry very quickly, and it doesn’t take long until it actually appears older than you really are. During the winter, you should moisturize much more than you do during the summer. Doctors suggest at least twice a day.

Wearing the Wrong Bra

Ill-fitting bras are possibly one of the worst things you can do for your body. It’s winter and baggier (not shapeless, mind you) clothes are in, but a bad bra can cause pain and irritation. This goes beyond looking older and moves into what’s best for you and your body.

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Wearing Too Few Textures

With layering, you can create a look that’s completely your own through the use of various colors, patterns, and textures. Unfortunately, many people forget the texture element. Rather than wearing a cotton sweater with cotton leggings, mix it up by pairing a chunky knit sweater with leggings that have a touch of leather.

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Wearing All Black

Black can be slimming, but if it’s the only color in your winter wardrobe, you’ll end up looking outdated and boring. Mix it up by adding a pair of colored ankle booties, a blush scarf, or a pair of statement earrings that will give your look some visual interest.

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Wearing Bulky Layers

Winter fashion is all about the layers, but believe it or not there is a right way to do it—and a wrong way. If you're wearing a bulky sweater, opt for a lightweight coat with a slender shape. Otherwise, bulky sweater + bulky coat + chunky scarf = way too much bulk. And of course, always remember the top-and-bottom-ratio rule: If you're wearing a loose top, wear more form-fitting pants, and vice versa. It's all about balance when it comes to layering.

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Buying Jeans and Pants with Too Much Stretch

We want to be comfy and cozy during the winter, but there’s such a thing as too stretchy. Getting jeans and pants that are too large can get rid of your shape. Alternatively, you don’t want the stretch to squeeze to your body so tight that it makes your legs look like they’re trying to break free. Buy jeans with 2% or more of elastic fiber and pants with 4%.

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Not Winterizing Your Summer Clothes

Shorts and skirts aren’t quite as popular in the winter as they are in the summer, but they can still be made functional and fashionable. Opt for tweed, suede, or leather shorts and skirts. Layer them over sheer tights and pair them with chunky sweaters or cardigans. You’ll look effortlessly sexy and still feel nice and toasty. 

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Not Updating Older Accessories

While accessorizing is important to keep in mind for the summer, it’s never more essential than in the winter months. You need scarves, gloves, hats, and all sorts of items to stay warm, but wearing the same thing you've worn for three decades can age you. Updating your accessories (including your handbag) is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your look.

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Wearing Chunky Shoes

It’s the winter, so it's time to think about which shoes to wear. They can keep you from slipping on ice, but some people make the mistake of choosing really chunky shoes. Chunky shoes make your legs look heavy, and that’s not something anyone needs. Instead, wear a slimming flat or a nice pair of booties.

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Caking on Makeup

During the winter, you may feel the urge to wear heavier foundation. This can be a mistake because foundation can often settle into your skin and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Instead, try to use a tinted BB or CC cream. These can correct color or provide a slight tint that acts like foundation without all the heaviness.

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Emphasizing Your Lower Lashes

A good coat of mascara is nearly all a person needs sometimes, but there’s a fine line between looking good and aging. Putting mascara and eyeliner on your lower lash line emphasizes crow’s-feet and dark undereye circles. Instead, put light eyeshadow on the lower lash line and forgo mascara and liner on the lower portion of your eye.

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