When we were young, we loved hearing how we looked so much older than we really were. The tables have turned, wouldn’t you say? Well, if you’re trying to avoid looking older than you are now, there are certain fashion trends you might want to pass on. Your outfit can make all the difference when it comes to looking older or younger! And yes, we know it can be difficult to get things right when it comes to fashion. Trends come and go. Allow us to help you figure out what you should and shouldn’t wear?
Poofy, Big Hairdo
Back in the ’70s and ’80s, it seems like just about everyone wanted huge hair. The only way to achieve that was by back-combing or teasing the hair. Nowadays, we know full well that doing so seriously damages your hair. To top it off, this sort of style is rather outdated. Instead, opt for silky locks. People of all ages enjoy the look but it does not give a very fresh look nowadays.
While mixing patterns and prints is very much in style, color coordinating isn’t so much. It can be boring to wear matching outfits. Not to mention, it’ll make you look older. Avoid looking too put-together if you want to go for a younger look.
Do you enjoy wearing high-waters to show off your awesome socks? If so, good job! Otherwise, avoid this style of pants as much as possible. When you’re buying pants, try them on and sit down to make sure the ankle stays covered. No one likes a cold ankle.
In the past, people worked hard on getting their eyebrows as thin as possible. Well, today, the opposite is all the rage – people prefer thick and natural brows. Don’t worry about any stray hairs. In fact, the bushier, the better?
No Skincare Routine
Do you happen to be 20-something? If you are, you should know that it’s the perfect time to start using night cream and eye cream every day. Despite the fact that you’re still young, you can prevent skin aging by using the correct products.
Long Sleeves Only
For aging people, arm flab seems to be inevitable. However, no one actually pays any attention to that sort of thing. But, if you cover them up in the summer, people will definitely notice. Just own it! Wear that short-sleeved top!
Matching Lipstick And Dress
If you’re wearing a black sweater, finish the look with some pink lipstick. However – do not wear pomegranate lipstick to go with the same colored blouse! We highly doubt you’ll have a perfect match and the shade difference will just look weird.
“Old Lady” Handbags
At times, big bags are referred to as “old lady” handbags. Those kinds of purses are not trendy anymore. Nowadays, smaller and more elegant handbags are all the rage. In any case, how much do you actually need to carry around in that bag?
The right clothes will only look good as long as the right undergarments are worn underneath them. While your outfit might look great on its own, it would be ruined by a bra peeking through or if your underwear is too tight. Go for seamless undergarments to avoid any embarrassing moments.
We know how comfortable jersey clothes are, but the fabric can accentuate all the wrong areas. It tends to be very clingy. Instead, wear clothing made of wool, cotton, and silk. They will help hide certain body parts. If you really can’t live without it, try jersey sheets or buying looser pieces.
While nude-colored and black tights are fine, tan tights are not a good look at all. Wearing tights that are “four shades darker than your skin tone” is not a very popular thing at the moment. As a rule of thumb, get tights that match your skin tone.
Overdoing It With Powder
Avoid using powder makeup. This type of makeup will not only dry out your skin, but it will also stick to each and every pore, highlighting any imperfections on your face. Creams and liquids will work much better and look smoother.
Hiding Your Figure
Older people tend to wear loose clothing. Don’t do that – ditch the baggy clothes and get form-fitting ones that will accentuate your specific body shape. All baggy clothing really does is make you look older than you actually are.
Keeping The Same Hairdo
We know how nice it is to find a hairstyle that works for you, but after a while, it can get pretty boring. Occasionally, try switching things up a bit – whether it’s by trying a new color or length, or both! You’ll look like a completely new person, believe us. Change can be good and hair is a great way to test the waters.
As you age, it’s a good idea not to wear anything “mini”. For older women, the rule of thumb is not to wear anything that’s shorter than just above the knee. Even if your legs are amazing, this is for the best.
Pieces With A Story
While your dress might have some sentimental value to it, it doesn’t mean you absolutely have to wear it. If it happens to be baggy on you, you can get it taken in or use the fabric to make a cute scarf. You don’t have to walk around in a hideous outdated dress just because it’s tied to good memories.
Even though a certain type of sunglasses is trendy at the moment, this doesn’t mean that they would look good on you. Nowadays, it feels like just about everyone is wearing dark, square sunglasses. Did you know that they tend to highlight your wrinkles and eye bags? Instead, buy a pair that’s lighter in lens shade as well as weight.
Wearing dark lipstick won’t do your skin any favors. All it does is draw attention to every line on your face. If you want to show off your pout without suffering these consequences, go for a lighter shade. If you really can’t live without dark, make sure to exfoliate your lips first to make sure the lipstick will go one smoothly.
Bad Color Choices
You probably know this, but just in case – different colors do not look the same on different skin tones. If your skin has cooler undertones, you’d look great in colors like gray and blue. If you have warm undertones, wear warmer colors like yellow and red. Doing so will keep you from looking washed out.
Not Showing Your Neck
Lots of people seem to think that turtlenecks do a great job hiding wrinkles. Truth is, they don’t. In any case, we doubt that you enjoy feeling hot and constricted. Instead, go for a v-neck or a scoop neck. If you want a more modest look, you can draw attention from your wrinkles with the help of a collared shirt.
All Black Everything
It’s a known fact that black can make you look slimmer. However, black can also make you look very washed out. As we age, our skin gets lighter and lighter, so you’ll look even more washed out the older you are. If you’re wearing a black jacket, wear a colorful shirt underneath it.
Even the youngest-looking person can look 10 years older in no time at all. While this can be good for kids and seniors, it won’t do you any favors. If you like the style of menswear, you should wear pinstripes or houndstooth instead.
Denim is a material that will definitely make you look younger. Want to hide problematic areas? Go for a dark wash. The material is so versatile that you can dress up darker colors too. Up your game by pairing a pair of skinny jeans with a blazer and a pair of heels.
Wearing super chunky jewelry just screams “I’m old”. This trend has been out of style for a decade now, so let’s not go there. Avoid chunky necklaces if you want to look younger. Smaller and more delicate pieces will look chic and put together.
We know how comfortable stretchy jeans are, but they can make you look lumpy if you don’t happen to have the body of a supermodel. If you want to flatten your silhouette and still maintain your shape, get jeans that have 2% elastic fiber.
Tight clothes can make you look years younger, but baggy clothing will do the exact opposite. Older people seem to be sure that they wouldn’t look good in fitted clothing. However, in reality, people look best in fitted clothes!
Sneakers, booties, and chunky heels are the epitome of style nowadays. However, they can easily make you look older and heavier as well. Sleeker shoes like kitten heels or flats with ankle straps will have the opposite effect. Don’t get those popular Fila disruptors.
While trendy clothing is good, there is such a thing of going too far. When something goes out of style, you should just let it go. You won’t be looking young or chic when wearing something that’s out of style. Classic trends like leather and plaid are always good since they are ones that won’t go out of style.
Jacket Around The Waist
While it was a cool trend to tie your jacket around your waist 20 years ago, that isn’t how it is now. This trend might be convenient if you don’t feel like carrying your jacket around, but all it does is make you waits and hips look bigger than they actually are. Instead, drape the jacket around your shoulders.
It’s a known fact that tanning in the sun can do some serious damage to your skin. Despite the fact that you’ll have a healthy glow, it won’t look that glow in 25 years. Tanning will give you spots and wrinkles. These are things you won’t want when you’re older. Try using tanning products instead to avoid this skin damage.
Every now and again, florals can accentuate your outfit but only use this pattern in statement pieces to avoid overdoing it. Wearing too much of this pattern will make you look older. If you pick a floral dress, make sure it fits you well.
Having hair that’s too long can age you – even at 30 years old. Want to keep a youthful appearance? Get your hair trimmed on a regular basis. This will give you a fuller style and keep those pesky split ends at bay. Not to mention, hair thins out as you get older, making this even more important.
Too Much Blush
For blush to look good, it has to be done well. By applying it on the wrong spot or putting on too much, it will do more harm than good and make you look older. Blush is meant to be subtle and natural. If you accidentally apply too much, grab a clean beauty blender or a tissue to blend it out.
Only Wearing Flats
Even though heels aren’t the most comfortable shoes, flats can make you look like a ‘granny’. Wearing heels will make you look younger. Thankfully, new styles have been successful at combining style with comfort. On top of that, boots and booties with thick heels have made a comeback, as have kitten heels.
Logos For All To See
Wearing logo clothing just makes you look like you’re trying too hard. It didn’t look good when you were 18, and it won’t look good when you’re 50. Honestly, it tends to come off as attention-seeking. If you wear pieces by a brand, do so because you like their style, not because the designer’s name is plastered across the front.
Oftentimes, hemlines tend to get longer and longer as we get older. You can do this in a graceful way. On the one hand, it can seriously backfire and make you look frumpy. However, if you’re tall, you won’t have that issue. You can also wear some boots or high heels to make it look better – the key is good proportions.
Slouchy And Slouchy
This is one rule you should always follow: if you’re wearing a tight top, wear loose bottoms, and vice versa. This guideline is good so you avoid looking frumpy and sloppy. Too many baggy clothes won’t look good, but too tight won’t either.
Not Showing Your Waist
We hate to say this, but loose clothing doesn’t always cover all the bulges and it can even make you seem bigger than you are. If you want to look like a giant garbage bag, it’s the way to go. To shape an outfit more, use a belt. Cinching in your waist will define your figure in a flattering way.
Heavy Black Eye Makeup
Do not put on a ton of black eyeliner if you’re looking to make your eyes pop. All this will do is bring attention to all your wrinkles. Instead, pick a lighter-colored eyeliner. We recommend shades like gray, brown, and olive green.
Clothes That Aren’t Tailored
No matter what style, clothing that isn’t altered won’t look the best on you. Even though alterations aren’t cheap, it would cost you less than $35 to have a jacket taken in or a shirt darted. Just drop by your local dry cleaner for a quote and go from there.
Drugstore Reading Glasses
As we get older, our eyesight tends to worsen too. Well, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to use those ugly reading glasses you see at the drugstores. Get bigger and bolder frames if you want to highlight your face well. It’ll work better than buying cheap ones.
Bras That Don’t Fit
Bras that fit are a make or break with outfits. You can completely change your figure with the right bra. It’s not impossible to find a brand that sells bras that offer support, style, and comfort all in one. For women, the number one tell-tale sign of aging is sagging breasts.
Wearing chunky heels only really works at black-tie events. If you wear them any other time, they will do nothing but make you look outdated. We recommend you wear a pointed heel instead of a chunky one – it will make you seem lighter and more chic.
If you’ve started noticing wrinkles and lines on your neck, just know that a silk neck scarf will do nothing but give them more attention. On top of that, they will make you look top-heavy. No one really wants that.
Pearls are magical in the sense that they can instantly add years to your appearance. Even if you’re on the way to a charity ball, ditch the pearls. Instead, go for silver accessories. They’re much better since they’re more delicate – not to mention, they’re cheaper, too.
Bootcut jeans will do nothing but make you look shorter and squatter. Who wants to look like that? Lose those jeans and go for slim-fitting jeans instead. They will make you look more slender while drawing attention away from your lower half.
Solar Shield Sunglasses
If you want nothing more than for everyone to know you’re old, put on a pair of Solar Shields. To put it lightly, they are huge and ugly. While they do block out the sun effectively, no one should be wearing them unless they have to.
Even young people look old while wearing transition glasses. Who wants to wear sunglasses inside anyways? Despite the fact that they can be convenient, you won’t be able to convince us to put them on.
Once upon a time, jean sets were all the rage. However, that isn’t the case now. Wearing a matching set of black-wash jackets and pants will just age you. Choose one or the other but not both at the same time.
A Huge Wallet
Another thing that just screams “I’m old” is a huge wallet. There’s no need to have a pen, pictures of the grandkids, and 20 credit cards all in one place. Just take along the necessary cards and a couple of bucks when you go somewhere – that’s all you need!
Why on earth does anyone still get matching pieces of jewelry? We hope that every person on the planet knows that your ring, bracelet, necklace, and earrings do not need to match anymore. Get ready for people to assume you are older than you look, if you do. When they do not match, metal tones look better!
Jeans & Running Sneakers
We can’t remember a time when it was ever considered a hip combo. In fact, this has probably never happened before and never will. Tight jeans and sneakers for running just don’t look great together. Even though it seems to please moms and dads, you might want to steer clear of it. This isn’t the look that you’re going for!
High Socks & Shorts
If you already have shorts on, no matter how cute they might be, you should probably leave those tall socks alone. If you want everyone to know that you have zero style, that combo is only good. Pick low socks that rest at the top of the sneakers, instead. It’ll look chic, and it’ll still be very comfortable.
Haircuts that are short will make you look older. If you want to take away the attention from your face, it is a good idea to go with longer haircuts. The reverse of that will be done by bobs and pixie cuts. The worst-case scenario, of course, is that you end up with a ‘do’ similar to what Kate Gosselin had.
Elastic Waist Pants
Ladies, you can purchase very comfortable yoga clothes now. We don’t understand why anybody still needs elastic pants for their waist. If you wish to look a lot older than your true age, go ahead. Buying yoga pants or ‘athleisure’ clothes is a good idea, as they are usually stylish. The good thing is that they are very comfortable as well!
Jill Merriman is an expert in networking with great ties advice. When you are going to a formal or business event, it is important to get this right. She said, “Gone are the days of the wide, stripped 1970s tie or the 1980s skinny ties. Instead, wear a trendy tie such as a current floral print to appear hip and youthful.”
We never comprehended why someone would want their eyeglasses to be chained together. This, honestly, has never done anything but age the individual wearing it! This is a tacky style that can be pulled off only by senior citizens. Keep the glasses in your bag or on your face. If you are concerned about losing it, keep an eye on it.
Wrong Color Makeup
The youthful glow of their skin is what most people want to show off. When you have bronzer and foundation in the wrong shade, this is not going to be possible. They’re actually only going to make your face look ashy! Let us not forget that the objective is to look healthy and not to go to the grave like you are about to.
You better leave the glitter for the teens, ladies and gentlemen. Anyone older than that with glitter in them will be wise to stay away from eyeshadows. It’s a youthful look, but it’s probably a lot younger than you want to be. The sparkly material will only make your lines and wrinkles more apparent.
Did you guys know that you look older with blue eyeshadow on? You should use nude eyeshadow instead if you want to lighten up the eye area. Go for beiges, grays, and tans if you want to seem youthful. We know that playing around with color is fun, but the blue eyeshadow goes a bit too far.
Copying Kylie Jenner with an overdrawn lip isn’t a good idea. It is more likely, after all, that you are likely to mess it up more times than you actually get it right. Instead of going overboard, you should concentrate on highlighting your features. Moderation is the best path to take when it comes to most things in the world.
You should be prepared for people to notice the neck area if you wear hazardous earrings. Women want to stop this from happening in general. If you have begun to develop lines in that area, this is particularly true. In the hands of younger girls who still have smooth and supple skin, we should probably leave this trend behind.
A locket can be a sweet present. We all know that it’s nice to have your loved ones remembered. This is a look, however, which only looks good on little girls. You don’t have to keep a picture of your husband or boyfriend with you all the time. You can simply save the image on your phone after all!
Cargo shots might just be the planet’s largest fashion faux pas. Having so many pockets is nice, but how much stuff do you really need? We’re sure you can do it all the time without a water bottle and a flashlight. Simply grab a small purse if you need somewhere to leave your stuff.
This is the next best thing if your mom harshly did refuse to let you pierce your belly button at your nearby Claire’s. And by “best thing,” we mean the worst thing, evidently.
We do not know what celebrity’s aunt started this reign of hand knitted terror, but it was a legitimate thing that has happened in the ’90s to walk around clothed in what is very evidently an overly large cozy teapot. Don’t ever let us go back there.
2020 was bad enough. If the chaps return, that’s when we’re sure we’ll know it’s the apocalypse. We seriously think that this fashion trend should never be brought back. Don’t you agree?
Cropped Pinstriped Pants
We have really no clue how this trend was allowed to take place, but we can only make the assumption that whoever credited with inventing the pinstripe put us all under a spell.
Let’s pause for a moment to promise each other while we’re at it that we’re never going to let embroidered denim become such a thing again. Not even Queen Bey can pull off something like that, and just about anything she can pull off.
Would absolutely adore to turn back time and start questioning J.Lo what was even holding up her belt, please enlighten. It could be a thing that time, but today, when you wear one, people will definitely give you the stare.