Do you remember when you were young and liked to hear that you looked older? Time really does change everything. As you grow older, it resembles an insult more than it does a compliment. The good thing is that you can avoid hearing this comment depending on the way you dress. To be fair, it is not easy to keep up with the trends because they tend to change in no time at all. Fashion constantly evolves, but we drew up this list to guide you through what you need to know. At the very least, this is going to help you figure out which fads to avoid right this moment.
Poofy, Big Hairdo
There was absolutely no way that you could go wrong with big hair back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. In those days, back-combing or teasing was the way to go. However, people have since learned that it can really cause some damage to your hair! On top of that, it looks much too outdated. Keep up with the times and keep your hair soft and silky to look your best now.
People have stopped color coordinating and started mixing prints and patterns. After all, it is quite boring to wear matchy-matchy clothes. Not only will it make you look older than your real age, but these outfits also have little to no character. You can shake things up a little by mixing leopard prints with plaid or combining stripes and circle patterns. You’d be surprised by how good these different combinations look.
Feel free to wear high-water trousers if you want to show off your super cool socks. However, this pant style is not exactly the most youthful thing to wear right now. It went out of style a while ago, in fact. These days, it is better to get pants that will allow you to sit down and still cover your ankles. Besides, why would you want your ankles to feel cold?
There was one point in time when thin eyebrows were considered cool and hip and were all the rage. However, people are going to judge you if you still wear them like that now. This was a trend from the early 2000s that will no longer work in this day and age. It is now better to let them grow big because bushy and natural brows are all the rage!
No Skincare Routine
If you are already in your twenties, it might be surprising, but you should start putting on eye and night cream on a daily basis. Even though you are still young, it is a good idea to prevent the aging of your skin as early as possible. It is a good idea to add this to your regular skincare routine! Apply these products twice a day for the best results.
Long Sleeves Only
It is unfortunate, but arm flab is common among the more mature members of the population. In reality, however, no one really pays them that much attention. This is why you should skip long sleeves in the summer. You are only going to look strange if you wear them when it is sweltering outside.
Matching Lipstick And Dress
If you have a black sweater on, you should wear a pink lip to go with it. However, you should skip color coordinating your lipstick and your top! It might sound neat to put on a pomegranate shade when you wear your pomegranate blouse, but this is not going to do you any favors.
“Old Lady” Handbags
Did you know that big bags are also known as “old lady” handbags? As you might have guessed, they will make you look older. You should skip the heavy ones and go for small and elegant pieces instead. Trust us, you should be able to fit most, if not all, of your necessities in something smaller.
Your clothes will only look good on you if you are wearing the right undergarments. It does not matter how nice your outfit is because it will not look right if your underwear is too tight or if the bra shows through. Seamless underwear is the way to go to avoid any fashion mistakes. You do not want to go through what Faye Dunaway did, right?
Even though jersey is comfy, it is more than capable of accentuating all the wrong parts of the body. If you want to hide certain body parts, you are better off wearing cotton, wool, and silk. After all, jersey has a tendency to cling. If you really like the fabric, the best thing to do is to buy loose pieces or sheets.
We do not have any issues with nude or black tights, but tan ones do not get a free pass. Trust us, “four shades darker than your skin tone” no longer works. You are better off wearing no stockings instead. People are only going to wonder why everything looks uneven when you pull on tan stockings.
Overdoing It With Powder
Powder makeup is great if you want to dry out your skin! It is also excellent if you want the makeup to cake every pore. It tends to make your imperfections more noticeable. If you want to enjoy a subtler finish to your look, you should probably stick to cream or liquid makeup and forget about powder.
Hiding Your Figure
It feels like people turn to looser clothes the older they get. You do not need to do this. Form-fitting clothes are great at accentuating your assets, which will help you attain a more flattering silhouette. Ditch the garbage bags because they tend to age you. This is the opposite of what you should be doing!
Keeping The Same Hairdo
It will get boring if you stick to a single hairstyle all your life. You should try playing around with color and length every now and then. Go to the hairdresser on the regular because a new hairdo can transform you into a new person! Trust us, a good hairstyle can change your life.
As you get older, you should avoid “mini” items of clothing. It is better to stick to something that, at best, rests right above the knees. You might have great legs, but you will look older if you go too short. Most miniskirts and minidresses were made for teenagers and young women, so forget about these items of clothing.
Pieces With A Story
The dress might come with a lot of sentimental value, but this is not a good reason to wear it. Keep in mind that it is possible to turn it into something else. It might even work better as a scarf or a different garment! You do not need to wear something unflattering because it reminds you of your anniversary.
Sunglasses make for funky accessories, but a trendy style will not always look good on you. Perhaps you have also seen the dark and square ones that people like these days. However, they make your wrinkles and eye bags pop up some more. You can prevent this from happening by going for a lighter pair.
Did you know that dark lipstick will highlight all the lines on your lip? Lighter shades are better at accentuating your pout without making your cracks and crevices more visible. If you really want a dark red lip, you should at least exfoliate to ensure that the surface is smooth to appear more polished and put-together.
Bad Color Choices
It goes without saying that some hues will look better on certain skin tones. If you have a cool skin undertone, you should go for blues, greys, and cool shades. On the other hand, reds and yellows suit people with warm undertones. Keep these guidelines in mind if you do not want to look washed out.
Not Showing Your Neck
We understand why you think a turtleneck can hide wrinkles, but there is another way to go about it without feeling warm or suffocated. A top with a v-neck or scoop collar will distract from wrinkles more efficiently. If you prefer something even more modest, a collared shirt will do the trick.
All Black Everything
You do not need to be a beauty guru to know that black is good at slimming your figure. However, it also washes out the wearer. Skin tends to lighten as we get older, so it is going to be even worse as you age. Make sure to balance things out with a pop of color. A red shirt will go perfectly well with a black jacket.
This is one material that will instantly add a decade to the way you look. Tweed only looks good on kids and people 90 years old and above. If you like menswear, pinstripes and houndstooth will look better on you. These designs and patterns are typically much more stylish, and people will probably compliment you on your tastes more!
On the other hand, you can look younger by putting on denim! This material is excellent at concealing parts that you want to hide. If this is your goal, a dark wash is ideal. On top of that, you will also look dressier if you choose a darker color. Simply pair it with a blazer or heels and you should be good to go.
What better way to let the world know that you’re old aside from wearing costume jewelry? It is a very aged look, so avoid chunky necklaces as much as possible. These days, bar necklaces and small studs make for delicate and elegant touches to your outfits. Chunky jewelry is a thing of the past, so leave it there.
We cannot deny that stretchy jeans are very comfortable. When it comes to fashion, comfort should also be a prime consideration. However, these things are going to make you look lumpy if you do not have a supermodel body. If you want to flatten the silhouette, you should buy those that are made of 2% elastic fiber.
Tight clothes can shed years off your age, but baggy clothes will do the exact opposite of that. A lot of older people believe that they should not wear form-fitting clothes, but this is not true. In reality, it is always better to wear something that fits your body properly instead of wearing something too tight or too loose.
We know that sneakers, booties, and chunky heels are all the rage now. However, be warned that they might make you seem older and heavier. If you want to avoid this, you should buy sleek shoes instead. Kitten heels and ankle strap flats will look more flattering than Fila disruptors.
You might think that it is good to go with the trends, but you can actually overdo it. Make sure to part ways with a trend as soon as it goes out of style. You will not look young and hip when you wear a piece from last year. In fact, it will only age you! Play it safe by sticking to classic trends such as leather and plaid because they will always be in style.
Jacket Around The Waist
Yes, there was a time when you were deemed cool if you had a jacket tied around the waist. Sadly, this is no longer true. Even though this trend was convenient, it made your waist and hips seem wider than their real size. If you need to get your jacket out of the way, you can wrap it around your shoulders.
We want you to know that your skin is not going to be happy with you if you tan outside. You might look healthy right away, but the damage will show in 25 years. Tanning can result in sun spots and wrinkles, which will make you look older. It is better to use tanning products if you want to get a summery glow without sacrificing your skin!
Florals make for a lovely and feminine touch. However, it is best not to overdo it and only use the pattern on a statement piece. After all, it can make you look older than you really are. If you pick a floral dress, it is important to get something that fits you perfectly. These women did it right!
It does not matter how old you are because long hair tends to make you look older. Regular haircuts are necessary if you want to look youthful. This is not only going to change your ‘do, but it also means bidding adieu to dead hair and split ends. Keep in mind that hair thins as you get older as well.
Too Much Blush
When it comes to makeup, blush is a product that you need to apply to a tee. After all, you might end up looking older if you put on too much or apply it to the wrong area. It is supposed to be subtle, the opposite of a red lip. If you accidentally put on too much, you should blend it out until it looks natural.
Only Wearing Flats
We know that heels are not very comfortable, but flats just make you look older. A little heel can go a long way. On top of that, there are new styles that make it possible to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. Kitten heels, together with heeled boots and booties, are now hip once again.
Logos For All To See
“I’m trying too hard,” your outfit screams when it is made up of logo clothing. It did not look good when you were younger, and it still does not. This style is going to make the wearer stand out, but not in a good way. You should wear a piece for its style and not because the designer name is visible.
Hemlines have a tendency to get longer the older we get. The good news is that it is possible to do such a thing with grace. However, it can backfire and look frumpy when not done right. This is not going to be an issue if you are tall or wear boots and high heels. Proper proportions are the important thing here.
Slouchy And Slouchy
This is a good rule to keep in mind all the time. When you have tight bottoms, go for a loose top. The reverse holds true as well! If you are wearing loose bottoms, the best thing to do is to put on a tight top. This is a neat trick that is going to stop you from appearing sloppy or frumpy.
Not Showing Your Waist
You probably did not expect it, but loose clothing does not hide lumps and makes them appear bigger. If you choose a baggy piece of clothing, the least that you can do is to cinch a belt around the waist. This is going to help you show off those curves! This is an effective yet easy way to improve your silhouette.
Heavy Black Eye Makeup
If your goal is to make your peepers pop, you should not just pile on black eyeliner. This is only going to shine a spotlight on your wrinkles. A lighter color will be better at putting your peepers to the limelight, but only apply it lightly. We recommend choosing a liner in gray, brown, or olive green.
Clothes That Aren’t Tailored
In general, it is hard to find clothes that fit you perfectly. We understand that most people are wary of going to the tailor because of the cost. However, the truth is that you won’t need to pay over $35 to get your clothes to fit you perfectly! Hit up the nearest dry cleaner to get the exact prices.
Drugstore Reading Glasses
Another downside to aging is the fact that your eyesight usually gets worse. However, this is not an excuse to wear those ugly reading glasses from the drugstore. You can pick a bigger and bolder frame that will accentuate your features much better than a cheap and skinny one can.
Bras That Don’t Fit
If you want to dress to impress, it is important to wear a bra that fits. It is difficult to highlight your figure if you do not know your right bra size. We are so happy that style, support, and comfort are now within our reach, all at the same time. Saggy breasts are associated with elderly women, after all.
You can wear chunky heels to black-tie events, but they tend to age you when worn at any other event. A point heel is often more flattering because it will make you seem lighter and not weigh you down. If you want to add several inches to your height, you should go with a slimmer heel.
Have you started to notice lines on your neck that did not use to be there? Do not cover them with a silk neck scarf as it will simply draw more attention to these imperfections. People will want to know what you are trying to hide! On top of that, it is also going to make your top half look heavier.
You are going to add several years to your age the moment you put on pearls. It is not a good idea if you want to look youthful. You should go for silver accessories, which are cheaper and more timeless. The only time you should wear pearls would be at a charity event, but even then you might want to reconsider.
If you want to seem short and squat, feel free to wear nothing but boot-cut jeans. In general, most people do not want to look like that. It is better to go with a slim-fitting pair that will make your silhouette look slenderer. Let us not forget that the goal is to look as good as you possibly could.
Solar Shield Sunglasses
Solar Shield sunglasses have a tendency to make you look older than you really are. Sorry, but they are just too big and unflattering for most face shapes out there. They might be good at blocking out sunlight, but they do not look nice. You should opt for sunglasses that actually suit your face instead.
We will be the first ones to admit that transition glasses are convenient. However, they will make you look decades older than your true age! Trust us, this is one fashion mistake that you don’t want to make. Not only that, but these things can get very annoying when you are indoors and the shades go on.
It feels like it has been such a long time since the days of jean sets. No one will look good in a matching set of dark-wash denim pants and jacket. They could work on their own, but never together. Denim is always good, but you do not need to have every single item of clothing in this material.
A Huge Wallet
Pulling out a big wallet is like screaming to the whole world, “I’m old.” We promise you that there is no need to store it all in one place. After all, you do not need more than a few cards and maybe some cash in this day and age. Most places go cashless anyway, so you can leave the stack of bills at home.
Why on earth is anyone still getting matching jewelry pieces? We hope that every person on the planet knows that you no longer need to match your ring, bracelet, necklace, and earrings. If you do, get ready for people to assume that you are older than you look. Metal tones look better when they do not match!
Jeans & Running Sneakers
We can’t recall a time when this combo was ever considered hip. As a matter of fact, this has probably never happened and never will. Tight jeans and running sneakers simply do not look great together. Even though moms and dads seem to like it, you might want to steer clear of it. That’s not the look you are going for!
High Socks & Shorts
If you already have shorts on, you should probably leave those high socks alone no matter how cute they might be. That combo is only good if you want everyone to know that you have zero style. Instead, pick low socks that rest at the top of the sneakers. This will look chic and still be very comfy.
Short haircuts will make you look older. It is a good idea to go with longer haircuts if you want to take the attention away from your face. Bobs and pixie cuts will do the opposite of that. Of course, the worst-case scenario is that you end up with a similar ‘do to what Kate Gosselin had.
Elastic Waist Pants
Ladies, you can now buy very comfy yoga clothes. We do not understand why anyone still needs elastic waist pants. Go ahead if you want to look much older than your true age. It is a good idea to buy yoga pants or “athleisure” clothes since they are generally stylish. The good thing is that they are also very comfy!
Jill Merriman is a networking expert with great advice on ties. It is important to get this right when you are going to a formal or business event. 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 have never understood why anyone would want to chain their eyeglass. Honestly, this has never done anything but to age the person wearing it! This is a tacky style that only senior citizens can pull off. Either keep your glasses in the bag or on your face. Keep an eye on it if you are worried about losing it.
Wrong Color Makeup
Most people want to show off the youthful glow of their skin. This is not going to be possible if you have bronzer and foundation in the wrong shade. In fact, they will only make your face look ashy! Let us not forget that the goal is to look healthy and not like you are about to go to the grave.
Ladies and gentlemen, you better leave the glitter for the teens. Anyone older than that will be wise to stay away from eyeshadows with glitter in them. It is a youthful look, but this is probably much younger than you are going for. The sparkly material is only going to make your lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
Did you know that blue eyeshadow can make you appear older? If you want to lighten up the eye area, you should use nude eyeshadow instead. If you want to seem youthful, go for beiges, greys, and tans. We know that it is fun to play around with color, but blue eyeshadow is going a little too far.
It is not a good idea to copy Kylie Jenner with her overdrawn lip. After all, it is more likely that you will probably mess it up more times than you actually get it right. You should focus on highlighting your features instead of going overboard. When it comes to most things in the world, moderation is the best path to take.
If you wear dangly earrings, you should get ready for people to notice the neck area. In general, women want to stop this from happening. This is especially true if you have started to develop lines in that area. We should probably leave this trend in the hands of younger girls who still have smooth and supple skin.
A locket can make for a sweet gift. We all know that it is nice to have a remembrance of your loved ones. However, this is a look that only looks good on little girls. You do not need to keep a photo of your boyfriend or husband on you all the time. After all, you can simply save the image on your phone!
Cargo shots might be the biggest fashion faux pas on the planet. It is nice to have so many pockets, but just how much stuff do you really need? We are sure that you can do without a water bottle and flashlight all the time. If you need somewhere to leave your things, simply grab a small purse.
We’ve all seen pictures of people wearing belly chains. However, that era is past, and wearing one will only serve to further age you. So, if you’re inclined to resurrect this fad, resist. That’s all we’ve got to say about it. Not to mention the fact that belly button rings aren’t any better. Most of the time, they come off as tacky. Don’t get the belly chains, whatever happens.
We have no idea who started this horrible fad of hand-knit unreasonably huge sweaters that resemble comforters. It was formerly acceptable, even fashionable, to go about with a tea cozy thrown over your shoulders. Nowadays, though, it is unquestionably not a fashionable or fashionable look. As a result, wearing anything like this will only make you seem older.
We can all agree that the year 2020 was a big failure. However, if the pleather chaps make a reappearance, it might make things even worse. When we reach the end of the line, we know we’ve arrived. This fashion fad should vanish and never be seen again. Who, after all, is responsible for bringing this tendency to the fore? What did they have in mind when they did this? Was that a joke that we missed?
Cropped Pinstripe Pants
Another style we’re baffled by is the cropped pinstriped trousers craze that lasted for a spell in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Wearing this style of outfit will undoubtedly make you look at least ten years older. Again, we have no idea how this pattern got started in the first place. Regardless, it happened. At the time, we thought it was fantastic. Only now, with the magic shattered, can we recognize that this is no longer a trend.
Let’s just take a minute to vow to each other that we will never again allow embroidered denim to become a significant fad. Aside from seeming cheap, it also ages a person. Even Beyonce can’t pull it off, proving how awful the trend was, to begin with. Beyonce can do it all! Even the best among us, it turns out, can’t pull off embroidered pants.
If we only had one chance to time travel, we would ask J. Lo. What was her belt supposed to be supporting? Of course, this fashion was trendy at the time, but when you wear it, everyone will stare. People nowadays will naturally question someone’s fashion choices if they wear something similar. Wearing a useless belt will also significantly age someone. It just no longer exists.
Cropped, Wide-leg Capris
Capris are a favorite amongst all of us. They serve a purpose while also being adorable. Wide capris, on the other hand, are off-limits. While full-length trousers with wide legs might be appealing, wide capri pants can cut off the leg line, making you seem shorter and stumpier. In a nutshell (pun intended), avoid too-wide capri pants. Capris may be a terrific fashion statement in and of themselves. Jeans with a wide leg? That is wonderful! You’ll be ok if you don’t mix those two elements.
Tightly Pulled-Back Hair
Women who wear their hair up in a tight bun or ponytail seem older. A tight bun simply shouts “headmistress” to us. Try not to wear your hair entirely pushed back to avoid making this error. Allow some bits of hair to fall about your face instead. It will soften your overall appearance, making you appear younger.
There is a narrow line between wearing enough accessories and overdoing it. We know, we know: Iris Apfel is a fashion superstar whose motto is “more is more,” and we adore her. However, not everyone is capable of accomplishing such an accomplishment. Most of us don’t look nice with a lot of accessories. In fact, it significantly accelerates our aging process. It’s a fine line to tread, but with experience, you’ll master it.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothing in general, invest in outerwear. Finding a new coat for $40 may seem like a great deal to some, but others will see right through it. If you have the means, invest in a high-quality, comfortable, and fashionable coat to wear on a daily basis. You won’t have to worry about it going apart after only one season of use this way. Not to mention that you will look fantastic.
Ugly Holiday Patterns
Sweaters are a winter fashion mainstay, but when shopping for new ones, try to stick to attractive neutral colors. Consider colors such as black, white, gray, and blue. Avoid tacky festive designs like snowflakes and reindeer. Wearing them on a regular basis will only make you seem older and odd. Stick to tried-and-true designs like stripes or plaid if you enjoy patterns. Those will be classics for the rest of the time.
Frameless glasses are popular among many individuals, and they aren’t the worst thing in the world. Nonetheless, they are a concern for anyone over the age of 50. Because our coloring fades as we age, wearing these glasses will merge into our features, creating an unsettling look that no one desires. Because our hair and skin lose color with time, we naturally appear duller. Instead of frameless glasses, choose ones with a broader frame or a vivid color; this will bring more brightness to your face, making you appear younger.
Pastel colors are inappropriate for older individuals. This is due to the fact that they wash you out. As previously said, as we age, our hair and complexion gradually diminish, so wearing pale hues would only accentuate the impression. However, this does not exclude you from wearing pastels. All you need to do is pick them wisely. Experiment with different hues and tints to see how they appear on your complexion and hair, and then build on that.
Too Much At Once
If you choose to dress in more modest apparel, go ahead and do it! If you feel like you’re looking older than you are, it might be because you wore too many conservative components in one ensemble. Wearing tweed with pearls, for example, will age the wearer quickly. To add a young touch, separate them and match them with more fun outfits. If you still want to wear them together, add a modern touch to seem young and fresh.
A Lot Of Jewelry
Consider this: every time you see a rom-com featuring a lady over 50, she is frequently decked with oversize jewelry items that rattle and jangle with every step she makes. It may contribute to the film’s comedic elements, but we now have the idea that wearing a lot of flashy jewelry at once can age you. This, too, is determined by your personality and personal taste.
When we’re young, we have access to all clothes and trends. Taking fashion risks is recognized and applauded. Fear ages you since the young aren’t frightened to explore new things. You may be retired and no longer live in an artistic studio apartment, but you may still be youthful in heart, so why not dress accordingly? Don’t blend in with the crowd. Rather, experiment with fresh things like prints and strong designs. When you feel excellent in a piece of clothing, it shows in the way you carry yourself.
If you enjoy the coverage and comfort that a style like this provides, then by all means, wear it. If the two-piece formal dress does not express your true feelings, don’t be afraid to try on gowns that appear to be “younger.” Take a peek at how celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara dress on the red carpets in Hollywood. They all have various styles, but none of them adhere to any age restrictions. That’s the secret to keeping a young appearance: don’t let your clothes age you.
It may be tempting to buy an item of clothing for $15 rather than $50, but keep in mind that top quality textiles appear quite different on the body. They move nicely, seem more fitted, and provide a greater structure to your shape. Wearing a high-quality clothing will quickly elevate your image, making you appear sophisticated and well-dressed rather than scruffy. It’s because of the textiles that many individuals wear that they appear worn down.
Who doesn’t appreciate a well-made brooch? They may give a traditional ensemble a fresh twist. Wearing one with every single outfit, every single day, is a mistake. While brooches can be worn in a fashionable manner, they have an antique air to them. Wearing them too frequently or too many at once will create the appearance that you are older than you are. 90% of the time, if you’re considering whether or not to add a brooch to an ensemble, the answer will be ‘no.’
Forgetting A Belt
Most women will find it flattering to show off their shape at any age. There are certain clothing things that don’t show off the waistline, which is acceptable. It’s a good idea to acquire a belt in this situation to offer that finishing touch. When worn appropriately, loose-fitting clothing may be charming; nevertheless, a straight line down the torso may be unattractive and aged. So, just make sure you have a classic belt that you can use with a variety of outfits.
This is a haircut that should only be attempted by children and never by adults. Who in their right mind thinks crimped hair is a good idea? Crimped hair never looked nice on anyone. You may believe and convince yourself that it is, but people who see it will say and believe the exact opposite. Aside from the fact that it doesn’t look nice, it will cause a lot of harm to your hair in the process. A curler does more harm than a crimping iron.
Who still does this? Although it was a popular hairstyle in the 1990s, we are convinced that it will not be on your mind when you visit the salon! Who in their right mind would consider getting their hair permed this year? No one, absolutely not. Perming your hair is not only out of style, but it may also do significant harm to your hair. Not to mention the fact that you’d appear like you had a poodle in your hair.
This haircut was popular earlier since Jennifer Lopez wore it. However, it is now long gone. Top knots are less fashionable nowadays, which is a good thing because this hairstyle may make you appear serious and unapproachable. However, it has one advantage: it makes you appear taller. It may sound strange, but the majority of the females claim it’s true. Perhaps this isn’t the case for everyone, but we’ll never know for sure.
It’s truly remarkable that this hairdo ever made it into the trend. The majority of them who did it to their hair are clubbers. It’s quite fascinating and appears to be rather dashing in photographs. In actuality, though, the reverse is true. In person, it simply does not look good. It is usually preferable to go for a simpler and more natural appearance rather than this one.
This haircut is worn by models on the runway and in publications. It is preferable to have it in the summer! Who wouldn’t like to wander on the beach without having to worry about their hair? No more squandering hours prepping your hair! The bad news is that not everyone can pull it off and look good doing it. This hairstyle is unsuitable for everyone and should not be regarded as one of your go-to looks. It is always better to be safe than sorry!