5 Fashion Mistakes that Age You (and How to Deal with It)

Your choice of clothes can highlight your sense of style, compliment your best features, and keep you looking fresh. However, your decisions can be a backfire just like wearing ill-fitting clothes that stretch and sag in all the wrong places. If your style is giving away your real age or even making you look older, keep on reading for the 5 fashion mistakes you might be committing and style solutions to deal with them.

  1. Falling for color trends.

pastel blue high low dress with white pumps

white eyelet dress pea coat with white top and jeans

Some seasonal colors like pastels, neutrals, or even bold neon may be everywhere, but unless they are a good fit for your complexion, they can make you look washed out and tired. So, instead of going for fads that will come and go, curate your wardrobe to have a strong base of classic colors and use accent colors to add some punch. Think of outfits and accessories you’ll look fresh and vibrant whether it’s a pretty tote, statement earrings, or pointy-toe pumps.

  1. Mismatching tops and bottoms.

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Wearing styles that don’t work well together is unflattering for all ages, and can add years to an otherwise youthful appearance. Though wearing oversized with oversized is trendy right now, better stick to traditional dressing of wearing a skinny silhouette with a more forgiving, flowy piece. Not only does this strategy let you show off your best assets, but it can also hide the trouble spots you’re not totally confident about.

  1. Not wearing a belt or slimming toppers.

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Though some body types will look great with shift dresses and tent outfits, some women may not. For looser silhouettes that may be comfortable but not ultra flattering, it may be great to add a belt. Just choose one that matches for an overall slimmer picture, or one with a contrasting color to really highlight a slim waist and hourglass figure. If you find belts uncomfortable, simply add a slimmer illusion with chic toppers that will create a vertical line on your midsection.

  1. Dressing too trendy.

eyelet dress with leather jacket white romper with pom pom sandals off shoulder floral jumpsuit

Unless you’re on an unlimited budget, steer clear of fashions that seem very in-the-moment as you won’t be able to wear them for very long before they look dated. Instead of investing in pieces that will soon go away, stick to classic and sophisticated items that will stand for long. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll look plain and boring as you can still wear fun prints that reflect your personality and trendy silhouettes that look great on your body type. Just look to trends that are here to stay like leather, military, floral, plaid, and such.

  1. Going too tight or too loose.

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Anything in the extreme whether it’s too tight, too loose, too short, too long can draw negative attention, says psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner, author of You Are What You Wear, especially if you’re visibly uncomfortable or self-conscious while you’re wearing it. If you usually shop at fashion boutiques, you’ll usually find too big and boxy styles of clothes that won’t look flattering for you. So, consider getting the perfect fit or have your clothes tailored, so you can continue to wear them with confidence. Otherwise, take them out of your closet and store them as memories—not as part of your current wardrobe. By heeding these style fixes you’ll be able to look stylish and voguish all the time.

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