Avoid Looking Older by Not Making These Fashion Mistakes
As you grow older, it can be a major effort not to reveal your age; however, often you tend to make wardrobe mistakes that end up making you look older than you actually are. Here’s what you should avoid:
Going All Black
Because you tend to look slimmer in black and also because it is a color that you can virtually wear everywhere, black clothes are typically the number one choice of most people for hiding their age. The problem is that when you wear black, it creates a very stark contrast with your skin that can highlight your wrinkles and the dark shadows around the eyes and under the chin. Adding a brightly colored accessory like a statement necklace or a scarf can dilute this effect. Also, consider clothing in colors that are subdued.
Hiding under Shapeless Garments
If you have put on weight, you can make things worse by trying to hide your stomach, arms, or hips under something shapeless as it ends up making you look heavier and older. Try wearing a jacket that is tailored well, is short, and has a narrow waist that will highlight your figure and create a smooth line across your chest and body. Grow your hair longer to accentuate your height; use tape extensions if your hair doesn’t grow long naturally.
Moving Down Your Hemline
Elongating the length of your skirt is a typical reaction when you are advancing in age. When you wear a long skirt simply because you want to cover your sagging knees, you also inadvertently look broader and shabbier. To get around this problem, you should try to identify the slimmest portion around the knee and have your hemline above or below it. A figure-hugging midi-skirt may be a good alternative if you are looking to cover most of your legs, however, getting the right hemline can be tricky.
Wearing the Wrong-Size Bra
It may seem surprising that something that remains covered can make you look heavier, shorter, and older, but most people are completely unaware what a wrong-size bra can do to them. Start on a new bra with the clasp on the loosest hook, and make it tighter as it loosens with time. Replace your bra when you find yourself using the tightest hook. Your bust size undergoes changes due to weight and hormonal changes, so it is a good idea to measure yourself annually.
Wearing Jeans with Too Much Stretch
As far as comfort and style are concerned, there’s nothing to beat stretch jeans, but you should never opt for too much comfort as they will invariably be lumpy. Typically, jeans with 2% elastic fiber will follow your figure yet expand enough not to make your legs seem to be bursting out. More elasticity will leave you with embarrassing sag at the crotch.
While the best way of looking young is to take good care of your fitness, you can also do a very good job by making simple tweaks to the way you dress up and avoiding common sartorial mistakes.
Author Bio: Mary Tomkins is a fashion and style blogger. She has written extensively on fashion issues for older women, including dressing up hair with high-quality tape extensions.