We all want to look and feel our best, and that includes avoiding fashion choices that make us look older than we are. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of wearing styles that are unflattering or outdated. Here’s our list of the top 10 fashion and beauty mistakes that can make you look older and how to avoid them:
- Tweed: While some fabrics have a youthful vibe (like denim), tweed is often associated with matronly suits and vintage British hunting garb. If you want a menswear look, opt for pinstripes, navy, or oversized houndstooth instead of tweed.
- Reading glasses: While you may need them, small reading glasses perched on the end of your nose can make you look older. Instead, look for updated frames from fresh, up-and-coming brands like Warby Parker.
- Gray hair: While some women can pull off gray hair and look chic, for many, it can make them look older. Consider coloring your hair with shades that are flattering to your skin tones.
- Cardigans: While they may seem like a practical layering piece, cardigans can be unflattering for heavier women because they lack shape and structure, which can highlight lumps and bumps. A better choice is a jacket or blazer with some construction, such as set-in sleeves, seaming, or a collar. And whatever you do, don’t tie a cardigan around your waist, as it can make your hips look bigger.
- Sensible shoes/comfort shoes: Comfort sandals can ruin a perfectly good outfit. Instead, look for cute, comfortable shoes from a wide range of brands.
- Mom jeans: Peg-leg jeans with a high waist, also known as mom jeans, are unflattering and outdated. Instead, opt for a more modern style of jeans.
- Colors that wash you out: Wearing hues that drain your skin of color can instantly make you look older. Find colors that brighten your skin and make you look younger.
- Old lady handbag: Carrying a logo bag from 15 years ago can add years to your age. Instead, look for an updated option like a cute crossbody bag or a fun leather bag.
- Too much or too little makeup: Garish blush and lipstick can be just as aging as no makeup at all. Instead, use sheer and luminescent eyeshadows, lipsticks, and glosses, and learn how to apply them with a light hand.
- Socks and sneakers with anything other than workout clothes: Running shoes and joggers, especially paired with outdated boot-cut jeans, can make you look older. Instead, choose stylish sneakers that are appropriate for the occasion.
By avoiding these fashion mistakes, you can maintain a youthful and age-defying style. To take it a step further, try incorporating some of the latest trends into your wardrobe, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different looks.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.