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39 Fashion Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older

Big, Poofy Hair

Growing up in the '70s and '80s, teasing (or back-combing) our hair was a way of life. But since then, we've discovered that this does all kinds of damage to your hair—and it looks totally dated. Silky, soft hair is here to stay.


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Dressing Too Matchy-Matchy

Forget what society has told you your entire life; you can mix prints and patterns and look absolutely fabulous. Leopard print looks amazing with plaid, and horizontal stripes go with literally everything. Being too matchy-matchy and put-together is boring and definitely ages you.


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High-water Pants

Unless you have really cool cat socks you want to show off (which, if this is the case, please proceed), high-water pants just aren't a good look. When trying on a new pair of pants, make sure you sit down (and your ankle is still covered) before you buy them!

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Over-plucking Your Eyebrows

Again, thin eyebrows are a trend of the past. These days it's all about the natural, thick brow. So grow them back out and rock 'em!

Not Having a Consistent Skincare Routine

You should've started applying eye cream and moisturizers nightly in your twenties, but it's never too late to start! Pick out some good anti-aging creams (Olay works wonders) and create your morning and nighttime routines!

Never Wearing Short Sleeves

The arm flab struggle is real, but in reality, no one's paying much attention to your arms—especially in the summer when no one else is wearing sleeves. If you're the only one covering up, that's how to guarantee your arms get attention!

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Matching Your Lipstick to Your Outfit

You should definitely coordinate your lipstick with your outfit—we're talking a soft pink lip next to a navy sweater—but if you're wearing something bright red, for the love of God please don't try to match the shade. You will absolutely never find an exact match!

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Carrying an "Old Lady" Handbag

Large handbags with designer logos used to be all the rage, but that style has been replaced with smaller, more elegant bags. It’s best to keep the brown logo Louis Vuitton purse you bought years ago as a memento in your closet.

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Wearing The Wrong Undergarments

Even if you wear the right clothing, you can still throw off your entire outfit by wearing the wrong undergarments. If your bra is too tight or if your underwear isn’t seamless, it’s going to show on the outside. Do yourself a favor and get fitted by a bra professional. You’ll look better and be more comfortable. Also, instead of buying regular hipsters or boyshorts, opt for seamless hipsters instead. 

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Wearing Jersey Fabric

Jersey is comfortable and flowy, which makes you want to wear it all the time. But jersey can highlight all the wrong areas of your body. It clings to every inch of you! Better fabrics include cotton, wool, and silk. If you just can’t get away from the jersey fabric, at least choose pieces that are draped or ruched. They are far more forgiving. (Better yet, just buy some jersey sheets.)

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Wearing Tan Pantyhose

The only acceptable tights to wear nowadays are black or nude ones that flawlessly match your skin tone. If someone spots you in tan tights that are about five shades darker than your skin, nothing else you’re wearing is even going to matter. 

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Wearing Powder Makeup

Powder makeup has a habit of drying out skin and clinging to every crease in the skin. This highlights every line you may have in your face, even if you just have a few here and there. Using creams and liquid makeup is an easy fix to this fashion-don’t.

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Not Showing Off Your Figure

For some reason, as we age, we feel that we need to wear looser styles. But God gave you those womanly curves, so why not show them off?

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Covering Up Your Neck

Wearing a turtleneck is often thought of as the best way to hide wrinkles on your neck, but it’s not. Turtlenecks are stuffy and unnecessary. You can just as easily distract from any wrinkles on your neck with a v-neck or scoop neck top. Collared shirts are also a great option because they’re modest, but they still draw attention away from your neck. 

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Not Switching Up Your Hairstyle or Hair Color

Age is just a number, and who says you have to rock a short, gray bob the rest of your life? Dye your hair purple! Get lowlights! Grow it out! You do you, girlfriend.

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Wearing Mini-Anything

An issue some older women run into his how short is too short? Anything labeled “mini” should be off limits. It’s best to choose hems that stop a little above the knee even if you have amazing legs.  

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Wearing Pieces for Sentimental Value

You may be holding onto pieces that don’t flatter your figure because they have sentimental value, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors. If you can’t part ways, get them tailored or refashion the fabric into something else (like a pillowcase). If you can part ways, consider donating them.

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Wearing Glasses That Are Too Trendy

The trendiest glasses right now consist of dark, square frames that will only highlight wrinkles and under-eye circles. Try delicate, light-colored frames that have a jewel embellishment or a hint of sparkle to reflect light and draw attention to your eyes.

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Choosing Dark Lipsticks

Dark lipsticks settle into the crevices of the lips, highlighting every line. Using lighter lipsticks is a definite way of avoiding this issue. You can also exfoliate before you apply lipsticks to make the surface even smoother.

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Wearing Unflattering Colors

Not every color under the rainbow is going to look good against your skin tone. If you have cool undertones, you should wear cool colors; if you have warm undertones, warm colors are for you. Find what flatters you, or you could end up looking washed out.

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Dressing in All Black

Fashion experts say that black is a slimming color. While that’s true, wearing all-black-everything can wash out your complexion. Because skin tends to get lighter as you get older, black can really start to wash you out; so you should always make sure to wear at least one colorful accessory with your all-black outfits. If you wear a black shirt, pair it with a red cardigan or a blue jacket. If you wear a black blazer, pair it with a bright top underneath. 

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Wearing Tweed

Hipsters have tried bringing tweed back, and they can’t even pull it off. Tweed has the unfavorable effect of making anyone who wears it look 20 years older! If you’re looking for a menswear vibe, go for pinstripes or houndstooth instead. 

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Never Wearing Jeans

For some reason some women think that the older you get the less appropriate it becomes to wear denim. But this is one clothing item that can make you look younger. You can still dress up your jeans by choosing a dark wash and pairing them with a blazer or a nice blouse and heels.

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Wearing Gaudy Jewelry

Wearing too much jewelry, especially costume jewelry, is a dead giveaway for your age. Most fashionistas are transitioning towards more delicate pieces, so swap out your bubble necklace for a bar necklace and stud earrings.

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Wearing Jeans That Are Too Stretchy

Super stretchy jeans are the comfiest jeans, but the problem is that unless you have a supermodel bod, they can make you appear lumpy. Look for jeans that have only 2% elastic fiber. They will flatter your silhouette and maintain their shape.

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Not Wearing Fitted Clothing

If you feel like form-fitting clothing isn't for you, you are quite mistaken. Fitted clothing can instantly make you look years younger. Purchasing clothing true to size will give your outfits dimension! 

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Wearing Chunky Shoes

You may think that chunky heels and booties look cute with all of your favorite fall outfits, but those types of shoes can make your bottom half look heavier. Instead, opt for more sleek shoes, like kitten heels or ankle strap flats. 

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Dressing Too Trendy

Trendy clothing can make you look hip and modern for a while, but many people make the mistake of wearing trends long after they’ve gone out of style. Doing so can make you look out of touch, so stick to more classic styles and trends that are likely to stay around a little while, such as leather and plaid. 

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Tying a Jacket Around Your Waist

It’s the cool-girl trend to wear your jacket or flannel shirt tied around your waist, but this trend isn’t flattering on anyone. Tying anything around your waist makes your hips look larger. A better alternative is to drape it around your shoulders. 

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Getting a Classic Tan

A classic tan damages your skin. Even someone that tans on a regular basis at 25 will have skin that looks much older. If you have to get a tan, choose tanning products that give you a bronzy glow. Your skin will thank you for it.

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Sticking to Florals

Florals are nice every now and then, and only as a statement piece. Wearing floral everything can be aging. It’s like having doilies in your house. If you do wear florals, wear modern clothing that’s tailored to your shape.

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Avoiding Hair Trims

Long hair can age anyone, even if they are 30. Hair trims are essential to keeping a youthful appearance. It gets rid of dead and split ends, and can also make your hair look fuller. This becomes especially important since our hair thins as we age.

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Wearing Too Much Blush

Blush can be tricky. Wearing too much or in the wrong spot can make you look so much older than you are. You should have a faint glow of blush on the apples of your cheeks. If you add too much, simply blend until it's lighter.

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Never Wearing Heels

Yes, heels are uncomfortable and can give you nasty blisters. But kitten heels are officially back in style, and boots and booties with a thick, short heel are here to stay. So you can be comfortable AND fashionable!

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Donning Logo Clothing

Logo clothing doesn’t look good at any age, so why wear it as you grow older? Anyone who wears logo clothing is just trying too hard. It makes them stand out, especially if they’re over 21.

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Choosing Too-Long Skirts

As we get older, our hemlines inevitably get longer. While a skirt that goes all the way to your ankles can potentially be done the right way (if you're tall or rocking sky-high heels, for example), you could end up doing more harm than good by making yourself look frumpy. If you love a relaxed-fitting skirt, opt for a structured top or a nicely tailored blazer. If your maxi skirt fits closer to the body, choose a looser blouse. Just make sure that the length of the top isn't so long as to ruin to proportions achieved by a long skirt.

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Wearing Same-Fit Pairings

When pairing tops and bottoms together, there is one primary rule you should follow: If your bottoms are tight, wear a loose top; if your bottoms are loose, wear a tighter top. Not following this rule can make you look sloppy or inappropriate; following this rule will create a wonderful balance in your outfit. 

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Not Defining Your Waist

You may think that you can cover up any bulges by simply wearing clothes that are loose, but this doesn’t really work. Draping yourself in extremely oversized clothing can actually have the opposite effect and make you appear like a shapeless blob. You will fare much better if you add a belt to your outfit to create a defined waist and a sexy hourglass figure. 

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Using Heavy Black Eyeliner

You want to make your eyes stand out, but using thick, black eyeliner isn’t going to do the trick anymore. All this does is draw attention to wrinkles. So, instead of opting for black liner, choose a lighter shade, and draw it on lightly. Experiment with brown, gray, or even olive green.

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