With the rise of fashion bloggers and Instagram stars ranging from tweens to women in their 80s, there are no longer any rules when it comes to fashion. However, there are definitely key investment pieces that will make every outfit flattering, and of course, there are pieces that will do the opposite. Don’t fall into the fashion trap and learn what to avoid if you don’t want to look older. These are 14 dressing mistakes that will make you look older and how to change them.

14 dressing mistakes that will make you look older

1. Fast fashion trends

Fashion leaders often agree that anything too trend-focused can age even the most youthful.

A subtle nod to trends is really nice, but anything else can make you look like you’re the 16-year-old who bought the entire storefront. Unless you are actually 16, putting on those clothes that are too youthful that the trend sets will only accentuate your age and make you look misplaced in what really suits you. The key lesson? Don’t force a modern trend that just doesn’t fit your personality, shape, or age.

2. Loose clothing

Oversized clothing will not only make you look older, but it will also detract from your natural shape as it will make you appear larger in size, and that’s probably not what you want. Therefore, avoid anything that resembles a tent. And, when it comes to denim, be sure to invest in jeans with some lycra, spandex, or elastane to make sure it doesn’t stretch too much after general wear and tear.

3. Too many accessories

Listen to Coco Chanel in this case, the iconic fashion designer once said, “When you wear accessories, take off the last one you put on before you go out,” no wonder it has become a world famous date. Listen to Coco to avoid looking like you just robbed a jewelry store.

4. Errors when wearing black

Now, don’t panic because this doesn’t mean you need to get rid of all kinds of blacks completely. Just because matte black fabrics can be draining and too much of a contrast on older skin doesn’t mean you shouldn’t embrace black in lustrous or lush materials like silk, velvet, or satin. These can give you a new life – just add a pop of color to your lipstick or accessories.

5. Medias

It’s a bit controversial as they are a staple of most women’s wardrobes, but it seems like tights really get old. Nude pantyhose are especially unflattering as the skin tone never matches the rest of the body and they give your legs an odd kind of matte texture. The same with black tights, although many people love to wear black tights in winter, you must take special care of how they will be worn if you do not want to appear older.

7. Mini skirts

Digital fashion editor Penny Goldstone says that many older women “fall into the trap of trying to dress younger by wearing tight short skirts,” but she assures us that doing so has the opposite effect. “It’s about wearing clothes that flatter your body no matter what age or shape you are, but midi-style dresses are much more flattering for women.” He suggests combining them with elegant sneakers.

8. The Jersey

Thanks to the anatomical fit of the sweater by default, it is as sticky as it is comfortable to wear, so it is best to buy only the material, whether it covers you or has a gathered pattern. Due to its texture and lightweight quality, it is not known whether to go for the one that is more expensive or the most attractive, so buy with caution.

9. Don’t dress your way

Not dressing in your body type can add years to you. Dressing mistakes like wearing a square jacket that is the wrong shape for you or a skirt that is too short will end up making you look older. Instead, go for more tailored clothing that fits you perfectly and it will be timeless.

10. Very long hair

This is not a hard and fast rule as it really depends on your hair type. But generally, hairdressers will tell you that hair after age 40 tends to get thinner and harder to flatten.

No, this doesn’t mean you need to get that pixie haircut the moment you enter this decade, but think about adding volume to your hair by getting layers and avoiding poker hairstyles.

11. Maxi dresses and skirts

You don’t have to match your hem to your age, instead go for midi lengths (between the knee and ankles any length), as styles that rub against your ankles can make you look scruffy. And long skirts and dresses could also make you appear wider than you are. Fashion stylists always advise finding the thinnest part of the knee area (either above, below, or in the middle) and using that as a guide to determine how short or long the hems should be.

12. An ill-fitting bra

Garment technologists (yes, it’s actually a job title) will tell you that bras that don’t cover your breasts perfectly, meaning no shedding or extra room, probably won’t fit you. And, the consequence of wearing a bad bra is that it will change your posture and most likely leave you hunched over. And yes, poor posture will age you.

13. Platform heels

While we love and appreciate the comfort and chic style of a chunky heel (and an ugly shoe in general), a platform shoe is likely to add extra weight to a woman’s lower body and as we know , it can make you look out of proportion by making you look scruffy, too. When in doubt, go for a pointed heel.

14. Headdress

When it comes to wedding attire, freelance fashion stylist Amy Hanson-Bevan says she’s not a fan of dressers. “People just mistake them for a great ‘accent touch’, but you can customize your outfit in other ways. Make it fun with a cute earring, bag, or shoes. Many people think they have to use a dressing table to attend a wedding, but they often age an entire outfit or damage it in other ways.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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