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Dress to Look and Feel Younger

The way you dress can significantly affect how old you look, but your way to a younger style is as simple as a few seconds in front of the mirror.

Age Inappropriate

Skinnies that are too skinny and minis that are too short are a no-no. Clothes targeted at teenagers will give an opposite effect when worn by adults. There are trends for every age, but runways often showcase extreme trends that are not suitable, so always adapt them.

If colored leggings are in, an alternative can be colored non-stretch skinny jeans in a subtle shade like dark peach with a looser fit. If the trend is lace extravaganza, limit lace to the sleeves on a dress or the V-neck of a top.

Matchy Matchy

Part of being fashionable is to color coordinate what you wear along with accessories to create a pulled-together look. The real problem arises when everything matches just a little bit too much. Shoes in a soft red hue with a ketchup red top are fine. Fire red shoes, a dark red top, a plum jacket, and burgundy trousers turn an attempt to look chic into instant tackiness. A full denim outfit is only acceptable if the top and bottom are in contrasting colors.

What's All that Noise?

Always stick with primary colors; fluorescent and metallic shades should be toned down and are usually better for shoes or accessories especially if you are unsure of where to position them. Outdated patterns & washes (hello tie-dye), too many details, or too many beads are bound make you look ten years older instantaneously.

Wrong Size

The perfect size and right fit in fashion are as important as the right amount of salt in food; too much is just as wrong as too little. Style should not be sacrificed to hide any imperfections or show off assets. Tops, shirts, and blouses should not have too many creases or look like they have extra fabric, but should not highlight any bulges or have a neckline that, well, just plunges too much. Trousers should fall comfortably on the hips without tugging downwards. They should not sweep the floor, but need to be long enough to cover the heel.

Accessory Overload

Accessories can make or break your outfit. As a general rule, one piece for the morning is enough and you can add one more as you go towards the evening. If you wear more than one accessory, be sure to keep one of them as understated as possible. Precious stones and large jewels will always make you look older. Hoop earrings look fresher than very long dangling earrings while thin bangles are better than chunky necklaces.

Grandma's Closet

Grandmothers are cute, but we all know the culprits here. That sweater with huge crocheted flowers, the plaid or tweed blazer with large shoulder pads, a big buttoned cardigan that doesn't fit, and the list goes on.

Now you should be on track to a more youthful look. Have fun!

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