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30 Spring & Summer Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Older

Super Short Shorts

Even though the weather is warmer, super short shorts are tacky year-round. In all honesty, super short shorts don’t look good on anyone of any age – even if they have legs for days. 

Biker shorts are in style right now and are actually super comfortable. Plus, they can be worn to the gym and then out to run errands. They're perfect for summer athleisure!

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Heavy Makeup

Heavy makeup takes an extremely experienced hand, and because of the warmer weather, heavy makeup has the chance of sweating off without frequent maintenance. Your perspiration may also cause it to settle into every wrinkle on your skin. 

Instead, opt for a sheer foundation or even just tinted moisturizer. (Thankfully, the dewy look is back in!) 

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Slouchy Clothing

Spring and summer are all about showing off your style, and it’s hard to do that when you’re hiding in your clothes. I know the transition from winter to spring isn't easy—you've probably gotten used to wearing oversized sweaters and leggings—but summer is all about shedding the layers!

First and foremost, buy clothing that fits so it doesn't slouch or sag. If you're really missing your oversized winter clothing, opt for blouses with nice butterfly sleeves, or breezy summer dresses. 

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No Color

Winter is gone and over with! It’s time to embrace color. For the spring and summer seasons, pick pastels. By avoiding color, you’re adding age to your outfit.

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Over-Accessorizing

Accessories are a wonderful thing, but you can over accessorize pretty easily – especially with chunky jewelry. Spring and summer are often seen as the seasons to embrace minimalism, so try not to throw on too many bracelets, necklaces, and rings at once. 

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Head-to-Toe Animal Prints

Animal prints can be tricky to pull off. They can work as a statement piece, but they usually age the wearer. When in doubt, it’s best to avoid them altogether. 

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Shapeless Clothing

Shapeless dresses can be cooling on a hot summer day, but they can make you look frumpy. If you love the pattern, think about throwing a belt to complete the outfit. It’ll give the dress a figure and accentuate you.

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Following Body Type Rules

Who cares about body type rules? If you’re on the heavy side, wear skinny jeans. Nothing should stop you from wearing what you want to wear no matter the season!

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Going Floral Crazy

Florals are the perfect pattern for spring, but you can have too much of a good thing. Try to limit your florals to two small accessories or one large statement piece. A floral dress can look beautiful with a few accessories.

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Wearing Too Little

Just because it’s warming up doesn’t mean we can strip down to our skivvies (unless we're going swimming, of course). When you’re out and about, try to dress in layers, and don’t wear a halter top with a mini skirt. It’s not flattering at any age.

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Choosing Ill-Fitting Clothing

A tailor is your best friend. Getting your clothing tailored will make it hug your curves and your figure in the best way. Frumpy turns into fitted, and it’ll make you look so much younger than before.

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Overly Sensible Shoes

It’s possible to be comfortable in something and be fashionable at the same time. If you want to wear sneakers, try a clean white sneaker from a popular brand. Overly sensible shoes date you like nothing else.

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“Granny” Glasses

“Granny” glasses don’t fall off your face, and you won’t lose them, but they’re called “granny” glasses for a reason. Glasses are like any other accessory, even if it’s a medical device. Frames that are currently trending are black rectangular shapes. It goes without saying that they don’t use retainers or chains.

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Avoiding Outdated Accessories

Like clothing, accessories can easily become outdated. Unfortunately, women often neglect to update their accessories. This spring and summer, look to refresh your purses, jewels, and other accessories. Your closet will thank us!

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Using an Old Bag

You found the perfect handbag ages ago, but it’s time to switch it up. If your bag has rips, tears, or looks worn, you can get a new one fairly easily. For the spring and summer, you can embrace color and choose one that will be a statement piece for several of your outfits.

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Powdering Up

Powder makeup has a habit of settling in the creases of your skin and exacerbating every dry spot on your face. For dryer skin, it’s best to use cream or liquid makeup. When setting your makeup, go light on the powder or use a liquid spray.

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Avoiding the Stylist

The spring and summer allow you to lighten your hair to a shiny, new color. Even if you don’t want to change the color, you should visit your beautician for a trim. Trims should occur every six months, or your hair could look a little worn for wear.

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Heavy Black Eyeliner

Heavy black eyeliner makes your eyes look smaller and draws the wrong kind of attention. We’re not saying avoid black eyeliner. Instead, use a thin line on the upper waterline and white eyeliner on the bottom waterline. This method opens up the eye and makes it look clearer.

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Not Wearing Sunscreen

The sun is your skin’s enemy. While it can make it look pretty and golden, it’s damaging at the same time. Over time, age spots pop up. You can help prevent this by slathering on the sunscreen. After applying, give it time to soak in, and don’t forget to reapply if you go into the water.

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Long Skirts or Dresses

Long skirts and dresses were so winter. It’s time to hike up the hem and wear something shorter. You don’t need to go full miniskirt, but something that goes just below the knee can look stunning. It also lets your legs get a little sun.

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Going Neon

Let’s just admit that neon doesn’t look good on anyone. It hurts the eye and draws attention to every other flaw you may have. It’s best to avoid insanely bright colors and go for pastels during the spring and summer.

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Obvious Fake Tans

Fake tans are the ideal way to get bronze, but you can quickly go overboard. If you’ve ever seen someone with orange skin, you know what a bad tan looks like. Instead, go for a light tan that is only a few shades darker than your original skin tone.

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High-Cut Swimwear

Last summer, high-cut swimwear made a major comeback. Women decided the higher the cut, the more enticing the swimsuit. If you love high-cut swimmies, there's no need to fret. We aren't telling you to completely do away with this style, just to tone it down. The cuts don't have to be as high as they were last year! 

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Capris

Whether you call them “floods,” “capris,” or whatever, calf-length trousers aren’t flattering and age anyone that wears them. If you want to wear pants that cut off before the ankle, choose a form-fitting version like skinny jeans.

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Open Shoes with Socks

No – just no. Socks with sandals have never been the ideal thing to wear. It goes beyond showing the wearers age; it just makes them look tacky. If it’s too cold to wear sandals, then wear a closed shoe like a sneaker.

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Failing to Accessorize

Accessorize! They can make or break an outfit, especially in the spring and summer. Since your wearing shorter sleeves and lower necklines, you should throw on a necklace and bracelets. Otherwise, it looks like something is missing.

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Over-Layering

Spring can be unpredictable, especially as it gets closer to summer. Temperatures are all over the place. With this type of weather, it can be easy to over layer and look like you just rolled out of bed. Wear your layers strategically to add to your outfit without adding to your age.

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Torn or Discolored Fabrics

Torn or discolored fabrics can age most people, even if they’re “distressed.” Unless you’re a young teenager, there’s no reason an adult should wear clothing that’s tattered. 

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Flip Flops Outside of the Beach

Flip flops belong at the beach, and nowhere else. In general, this is a fashion faux-pas that happens specifically in spring or winter that should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to have an extra pair of flats in your trunk if you’re out and about.

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Logo-Mania

If you love high-end brands that love slapping their logo on all their products, try to keep things to a minimum. One logo per outfit should be the limit no matter how much you want to show support for the brand.

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