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39 Fashion Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older

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.

We recommend investing in denim that will last. Yes, this means it will be more of a splurge, but you’ll get years out of it and it will look significantly better than inexpensive denim. It will hug your curves in all the right places and hide your problem areas with ease.

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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. 

 

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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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.

 

If you’re trying to reinvent your wardrobe so that you can avoid this fashion faux-pa, we recommend starting by purchasing two to three new blouses or sweaters that are patterned or bold in color. Then, pair those tops with neutral trousers or jeans.

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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.

If you aren’t able to reinvent your favorite pieces into something else, find another way to style sentimentally. Vintage items are always coming back into style, so you might not have to wait as long as you think to wear your sentimental pieces. And if you wear them while they’re trendy, you’ll look young and stylish!

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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.)

Instead of jersey fabric, try wearing materials like cotton, wool, or polyester. Not only will they not cling to you like jersey fabric, but they’ll add some versatility to your wardrobe. Nothing will make you feel younger than a few updated fashion staples.

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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. 

Once you finally decide to ditch the turtlenecks, you can incorporate accessories into your wardrobe that you didn’t before. Necklaces are a great example. When wearing turtlenecks, you can’t as easily wear dainty, layered necklaces. You also can’t wear scarves and neckties as well. So, once you update your wardrobe, you’ll also update your accessory collection.

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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. They’re equally as cozy, but way more stylish. Wear it as a dress with heels or as a blazer with hemmed denim.

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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.

If that doesn’t work, go to your optometrist and try on multiple pairs of glasses to find which style suits you best. Sometimes, following trends doesn’t always work. Same goes for sunglasses. Try different styles and frames on in-person to see what you like best.
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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. 

Once you finally splurge on undergarments that fit you just right, you’ll never look back. These items will last you years, if cared for properly. And gone will be the days of visible bra straps, ill-fitting sports bras, and oversized panties.

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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.

When transitioning from outdated to trendy jewels, be mindful of what you purchase. Don’t buy the first necklace or bracelet you see. You must pay attention to the quality of your jewelry so that you’re investing in pieces that are delicate and well-made. You’ll be glad when you can rewear these accessories over and over again.

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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.

Everyone knows that stretchy jeans with elastic waists are totally outdated (and usually worn by women over 40). This should no longer be a thing. Although stretchy jeans or jeggings are comfortable, they’re usually not flattering. If you’re going to wear denim, wear it right.

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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.

In addition to cream and liquid makeup foundations, there are other ways to fix skin that look dry and matte. Layer your makeup with a dewy blush or a shiny highlighter to give yourself depth and glow. You’ll love your new look and will feel so much more youthful.
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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?

Don’t be afraid of wearing skirts, blouses, sweaters, and trousers that reveal your figure. It’s flattering to wear clothing pieces that are fitted, no matter your age. In fact, showing off your figure will make you look younger. Time to stop hiding yourself in bulky, oversized outfits.

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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. 

Instead, stick to the classic styles and trends that are likely to stick around a little while, such as leather and plaid. There’s no point in purchasing clothing pieces based around trends if you don’t think you’ll wear the pieces indefinitely. It’s a waste of money and resources.

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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. 

The smaller the shoe you wear, the more petite your ankles and legs will look. That being said, it’s time to ditch your chunky sneakers and bulky combat boots. It’s not 1990 anymore.

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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.

Like we mentioned earlier, you really only need three different lipstick hues—a nude, a pinkish/brown, and a red. A dark, maroon lipstick is not a necessity. We say that because it’s not an easy color to wear. It rubs off easy and has to be reapplied often. The best thing to do is to avoid dark lipsticks completely.

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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.

 

So, to avoid looking older than you actually are, try to tone down the poofy, outdated hairstyles. Keep your hair looking shiny and frizz-free with the help of hair care products like serums, oils, masks, and hydrating shampoos and conditioners.

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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!

There is an exception to this rule though. If you’re tired of ankle-length skinnies or ultra-long flares, try finding a pair of high-water pants that are trendy. I know, we are contradicting ourselves, but recently, many denim brands have introduced straight leg denim that crops off a little before the ankle. It’s super trendy if worn right!

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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!

This is easier said than done. Once your eyebrows are ‘90s thin, growing them back out can be a real b!tch. Luckily, we have a few tips for you. The most important (and most difficult) tip is to stop plucking, waxing, and threading. Allow your eyebrows to grow. Then, slather than with a brow gel every evening to promote hair growth.

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!

Just to reiterate, having a repetitive skincare routine can totally change your skin. Your skin is the largest barrier you have. It’s crucial to keep it healthy and hydrated by giving it the TLC it deserves. Cleansers, toners, eye creams, serums, masks, and moisturizers are must-have skincare products that have the potential to reinvent how you look and feel.

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!

In the spring and summer, be bold and ditch your long-sleeve sweaters and blouses. Instead, try ¾ length sleeves, cap sleeves, sheer bishop sleeves, kimono sleeves, or bell sleeves. All are very different and very flattering. Not only would this make you look younger, but it would allow you to update your wardrobe.

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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!

Instead of trying to color-coordinate your outfit to your lipstick, find two or three lip colors that look super good on you and stick with them. When it comes to hues, we recommend finding a nude, bold red, and soft pink/brown lipstick that you can keep with you at all times. 

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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.

When it comes to handbags and purses, there are hundreds of thousands of different colors, styles, designs, and brands to choose from. As of now, small purses and clutches are so in. If you’re looking for something more utilitarian, leather totes and studded backpacks are also in.

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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. 

Many women are still stuck in the mindset that tan tights or pantyhose are a must. To be quite honest, that’s a thing of the past. No one needs to wear tights. If you feel more comfortable in them, feel free, but they usually age you. Show a little leg and feel a little younger!

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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.

When you finally build up the courage to make a hair appointment (we get it, change is hard), you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling younger. Before meeting with your hairdresser, have a few images of inspiration on-hand. You and your stylist can talk about what you’re wanting and what he/she thinks will look best on you!

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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.  

We are all about female empowerment, so it’s not our job to tell you how short is too short when it comes to clothing pieces. A good rule of thumb though is to stray away from items labeled “mini.” Not only are these style skirts and dresses way shorter than normal, they’re also outdated. Midi-length skirts and dresses are so trendy right now.

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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.

Once you find the color scheme that works best for you, don’t run out and buy an entire wardrobe based around those hues. Purchase a few staples in the colors that flatter you and mix them in with your current wardrobe.

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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! 

One of the most common fashion mistakes is purchasing clothing pieces that are oversized. This issue is that most men and women don’t realize that they’re buying clothing pieces that don’t fit. They think they’re bigger than they actually are. If you’re typically a size 30 in denim, try sizing down to a 28 just to see if they fit you better.

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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. 

Better yet, when you take your jacket off, throw it in your purse or bag. If you’re not going to wear it correctly, then why wear it at all? This trend is totally outdated and will make you look older than you are.

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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.

The easiest way to fake a tan is to use a tanning lotion or to get a spray tan. It may seem tedious to continually “fake” a tan, and it may seem pricey to pay for salon spray tans and bottles of tanning lotion on a regular basis. But you don’t want to risk skin cancer. Treat your skin with care and avoid sunburns and tanning beds to stay looking healthy and youthful.

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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.

If you’re wondering what other patterns you can wear in place of florals, try a bold tropical print, a traditional herringbone print, or colored gingham print. There’s so much more out there if you’re willing to look!

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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.

When you do decide to cut your hair, you’ll be surprised at how healthy it looks. And shorter hairstyles are known for taking years off of your age. So, you’ll get the best of both worlds—healthier hair and a more youthful hairstyle.

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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.

One of our favorite shades of blush is NARS Orgasm. It’s a peachy, shimmery shade that works on all skin tones and looks good year-round. You can rock it in the summer, the winter, and all the months in-between.

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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!

Start small with a low, one to two inch heel and build yourself up. Before you know it, you’ll be wearing heeled mules and looking so trendy. Your legs will be lengthened and you’ll look years younger.

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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.

So, leave the logo clothing to the celebs and spend your money more wisely. It’s likely you’ll save quite a bit of money because brand-name logo clothing isn’t cheap. Instead of spending $100 on one shirt, you can buy multiple pieces of clothing.

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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 the 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 shades of brown, gray, or even olive green eyeliner. Or, you could ditch the eyeliner completely and use eyeshadow as eyeliner. It would provide a lighter, smudged look that wouldn’t be as heavy.

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