Wrong Clothing Choices That Are Making You Older.

When you go past a certain age, there are cuts, colours, and even accessories you should avoid. From the length of your skirt to the prints that you choose, there are so many factors that could impact on your appearance.

I have curated a list of 10 style mistakes women in their 30s, 40s and 50s are making. Check below to find out what they are, and then quickly make the necessary changes. (Oh, that is unless you are happy to compete with your grandma?)

1. Too Much Black.

Black is a slimming colour, true. However, it is also the colour of mourning, so once you are a certain age, it is better to avoid the all-black ensemble. Dark colours such as navy blue, burgundy, or even bottle green will brighten your look a little. And if you only like black clothes, at least brighten up your form with a colourful statement piece (like a purse of a pair of shoes) to perk up your outfit.

2. Too Many Soft Colors.

Our skin tone fades as we get older, so wearing softer shades can be more flattering. But be aware that wearing too many pastels will make you look older. If you want to wear light colors from head to toe, opt for pale neutrals like nude, ivory, light gray, or beige. Baby blue with soft pink is a classic combo but hard to pull off over a certain age. If you love pastels near your face, anchor it with a stronger color on the bottom. Baby blue looks great with navy and charcoal—ditto for soft pink, butter yellow, pale peach. Experiment in your closet and be frank about which hues highlight your features, and which ones wash you out. Prune all the colors that leave you looking lackluster, and you will have a much happier closet.

3. Wearing Old Underwear.

Breasts change with age. They lose firmness and shrink in size. Most women think if they wore a 36B in their 20s, they still wear the same size in their 40s. According to statistics, 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. It’s really the fit that matters. And as most women know, size and fit aren’t standard from one store to the next. Some women resort to wearing an old bra because it’s comfortable. The problem is, it might not provide the necessary support. No matter how stylish your ensemble, the wrong bra can ruin the overall aesthetic. Try buying a bra from a boutique with professionals who can properly measure you for the right fit.

4. Floral prints.

Again, past a certain age, it is better to avoid blooming patterns, especially if the colours are pale and reminiscent of your grandma’s wallpaper and favourite purse.

These kinds of florals tend to look more conservative and have a more ageing look. You want to look for more stylised prints on the whole. Smaller florals tend to be the worst offenders such as Liberty print or Little House on the Prarie style prints (which has recently had a resurgence of popularity in the youth market).   You will also often see the small more ageing florals in uniforms.  Why are that ageing?  Because they are old fashioned!  They are from a time-period from the far-past.  These kinds of prints are widely available at present  and you’ll particularly find them in the younger clothing stores . 

5. Dressing for the body you wish you had.

As people’s lives change over time, their bodies do too and it’s completely normal. Instead of fighting against the forces of nature, why not work with them? You’ll look and feel so much better if you wear clothes that flatter the figure you’re rocking right now, not one you had 15 years ago. Nothing kills confidence faster than an ill-fitting outfit, so don’t bother holding onto anything that doesn’t work for you anymore. If you’re worried about buying high-quality, and therefore higher-priced, clothing because you’re aiming for a different shape or size, keep in mind that better-made clothing is also much more tailorable!

6. Wearing Baggy Clothes.

Sometimes wearing baggy clothing is fun. A loose summer dress feels romantic, and a baggy tunic or a flowing pair of pants can make you feel bohemian. The trouble comes in when you consistently wear pieces that are a few sizes too big because you’re uncomfortable with your body or feel like you should hide it. There is a difference between wearing something that is designed to be loose, and wearing something that is obviously a size too big!

Take a look into your wardrobe and see if your pieces are tailored to your shape. If they’re not, and you have been feeling frumpy in your outfit choices lately, this might be why.

7. Too Much Matchy-Matchy.

A few decades ago, it was the epitome of style to have your shoes match your handbag, and your handbag to match your hat. That style rule now feels dated since fashion has embraced more of an affection for clashing. That’s not to say you can never match, but try the alternative with a few outfits to feel more contemporary. Experiment with wearing shoes that don’t match your purse, and see what fun combinations you can come up with. Have fun with it!

8.Wearing Stretch Band Pants.

Nothing says “retiree” like a comfy pair of stretch band slacks. While no one is about to argue against the need to be comfortable in your clothes, you can make your pants feel a lot more “younger” if you choose contemporary styles. Avoid anything with pleats and boxy shapes, and try to choose pants that skim closer to your body in a tailored way.

9. You sport drugstore reading glasses.

The right pair of glasses can be the ultimate geek-cool accessory, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Look for a pair of cat-eye frames, which are universally flattering and an easy, stylish way to instantly look younger. Another great reason to invest in quality reading glasses is that they’re better for your eyes! Often, mismatched lenses or sub-par reading glasses will negatively affect your vision, causing unnecessary strain that can result in problems like blurred vision or headaches. But a quality pair of reading glasses will be designed with your needs and best interest in mind.

10. Your Socks Peek Out :).

Going sans socks when wearing sneakers or flats can be uncomfortable, but pairing those shoes with ankle socks makes for a stumpy silhouette. Instead, get “no show” socks or loafer socks, which give you coverage without peeking out.

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