Fashion Faux Pas: These Trends Might Make You Look Older
We think it’s safe to say that no living person in the world would want to look older than they actually are. Aside from focusing on our health to keep us feeling young, most people also turn to fashion to make themselves look younger. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware that the latest fashion trends they are following tend to add more years to their appearance.
There are many fashion blunders that actually make a person look older; you just need to be on the lookout for what they are. Here are the most common fashion mistakes you should avoid if you don’t want to end up looking like an old-timer.
There was a time when big hair was considered the latest fashion statement. But that was decades ago. Let’s face it, the only people wearing big hair nowadays are older women who lived their teenage lives during the ‘80s.
Trying to pull off big hair nowadays when you’re only in your 20s would definitely make you look older than you actually are. However, a bit of volume doesn’t hurt, but too much of it can turn into a hot mess.
Insanely Long Hair
Most women believe that having long hair would make them look younger since young girls are mostly the ones who have long hair. In reality, though, having insanely long hair can make a woman look way older than she’s supposed to be.
According to hairstylists, long hair is ok as long as it doesn’t go past one’s ribs. If your hair is only up to your shoulder or a little bit past it, then that’s perfectly fine. Remember that too much of anything can be bad.
Lipstick That Matches the Color of Your Outfit
Back in the day, it was quite a good idea to wear one item of clothing that matches the color of the other. Say, for example, wearing a pink top with a pink skirt is perfectly normal. These days though, no one would dare get caught sporting the same style.
Just like matching color clothes, no person today would get away with wearing lipstick that matches the color of their outfit. According to several stylists, doing so would make you look like a mom since this is the style they grew up with. It just doesn’t make sense if a woman in her 20s would cop this look.
Women wear jeggings for the simple reason that they’re much more comfortable to wear than wearing jeans. They get the benefit of having two items of clothing in one -- the look of the jeans and the feel of the leggings. However, we cannot deny the fact that jeggings still fall under the category of leggings.
The reason why not many women choose to wear leggings on a daily basis, other than when they’re going to the gym, is because leggings emphasize all the lumps and bumps that come along with aging. Stylists suggest to just skip wearing jeggings and stick to wearing the right size of jeans.
Loud and Large Jewelry
No matter how eye-catching and trendy-looking large pieces of jewelry are, it’s a good idea to reserve this style for older generations. Today’s fashionistas are all about minimalism and simplicity, which is why wearing such gaudy accessories instantly makes any woman look old.
This type of style is so outdated that younger women should swap out their large earrings and necklaces for more delicate pieces that highlight their youthful glow. Remember, people should focus on you, and what you’re wearing should only serve to complement your beauty.
Not only do fake tans make people look unnatural, but they also cause permanent damage to a person’s skin which would make them look old in the long run. Science has already proven that tanning causes premature aging on the skin, so people are highly advised to avoid it.
Although actual tanning under the sun can cause more damage, fake tans have a lot of chemicals in them. Also, the unnatural dark pigment on fake tans doesn’t necessarily get absorbed by every part of your skin, which means it will sit on top of any wrinkles you have, making them look more visible.
Let’s face it, seeing overly-plucked eyebrows remind us of the ‘90s. No woman would be caught during that time with thick and bushy eyebrows. No matter how trendy we might think this style may be, we have to accept the fact that those days are long gone (thankfully).
Not only does this style fall under the category of “peculiar ‘90s fashion,” but it also makes a person appear as if they’re losing all their eyebrow hairs, which is a natural process every person undergoes as they grow older.
The Jersey Dress
Jersey is one of the most comfortable and lightweight materials out in the market, but with all good things, one can’t help but ask “what’s the catch?” In the case of this material, it tends to cling to a person’s body so much that instead of flattering a person’s shape, it highlights all the curves and bumps they may have instead.
Jersey can still look good though if the style of your clothes is either are draped or ruched or if you have a fit body. So unless you’re a 20-year-old fitness trainer, you should definitely skip out on wearing clothing made out of jersey material.
Pastel From Head to Toe
Pastel colors are definitely, but there is an extent as to how much pastel an average person is allowed to wear without looking like an older person. Although pastel colors are so fun and youthful-looking, we’re afraid it doesn’t give that effect to a younger person.
Older people are generally the ones who wear pastel colors because their paler skin goes well with the pale tones of pastel hues. Younger people have more vibrant skin, and wearing pastels tend to mute their rosy complexion.
Maxi skirts became a trend a few years ago because it makes any woman look and feel elegant. Until today, this is a stylish item of clothing, but worn the wrong way and it could make any woman go from a pretty young thing to an old maid.
While long skirts do a great job of hiding the flaws that are otherwise present on a woman’s legs, it could also hide a woman’s figure, making their bodies look old and saggy. Should you decide to don a maxi skirt, stylists advise pairing it with a top that would bring out your body’ natural shape.
As we grow older, we cannot avoid the imperfections on our skin from showing up. From wrinkles to age spots, there are various flaws on our skin that most of us might want to cover up. However, doing so may emphasize these imperfections even more, especially when you’re packing on so much makeup on your skin.
As we build layers of foundation and powder on our face, the natural oils on our skin would prevent the product from getting absorbed, which results in a cakey look. Once this happens, rest assured that the imperfections you’re trying to cover up will end up being more noticeable.
Covering Your Neck
Whether you’re wearing a turtle neck or a scarf, covering up your neck too much can make you appear older even when you’re not. A person’s neck is one of the first parts of the body which shows visible signs of aging.
This area can become wrinkly and saggy as a person grows older, which is why most people, especially women, would attempt to cover this body part by wearing turtle necks or scarves. However, the wrinkles aren’t the only problem but the saggy skin. Covering it up too much might draw more attention to it.
Having The Same Hairstyle For Years
A person’s hair is considered as their crowning glory, which explains why most people refuse to change their hairstyle, especially if it suits them well. While it’s difficult to part ways with something that you’re so used to having, you need to have the courage to change things up eventually.
Donning the same hairstyle for years may give you a glimpse of what you looked like when you were younger, but it would end up making you look older because your hair-do is most likely already out of fashion.
We’ve all seen the hottest female celebrities wearing deep dark lipstick colors which ultimately make us want to wear the same shade as well. While this trend has always been stylish, it may not be fitting for everyone.
As people grow older, their lips become thinner and drier thus producing more cracks and crevices compared to a younger person’s lips. Wearing dark lipstick can emphasize how thin, dry, and wrinkly someone’s lips are, so it’s best to stick with lighter shades.
Many people have an inherent desire to match things up. However, it’s not always stylish to do so. Aside from the color of your clothing, another thing you shouldn’t match up is your jewelry. Overly matched accessories can weigh someone’s appearance down, making them look years older than they actually are.
If you’re already wearing a pearl necklace, it would be best not to pair it with pearl earrings. It’s like an unspoken rule of wearing jewelry. Just do it.
Contrary to popular belief, floral patterns make people look older than younger. Like Miranda Priestly’s sarcastic remark about this style in the film The Devil Wear Prada, “Florals? How groundbreaking,” floral patterns on clothes are frowned upon by most fashionistas.
Flowers have long been considered as a symbol of youth and vibrance, but wearing them is a whole different story. Floral patterns, especially larger ones, on clothing are quite outdated. If you really want to wear florals though, you should opt for smaller patterns.
Undergarments That Do Not Fit Well
Sometimes, even unexposed garments can make any woman look years older than they actually are. It’s not always about what can be seen, but rather how a person feels.
Although our undergarments remain hidden from public view, it still has a huge effect on what we look like, especially those that do not fit well. Chances are, if your undergarment is too tight, it would create unpleasant rolls in your skin that can easily be spotted when you wear tight-fitting clothes.
By now, you must have realized that tight clothing is a huge no-no since it highlights the business of our body. However, baggy clothing isn’t the best solution for someone to be able to hide their imperfections.
Loose-fitting clothes can make someone look even baggier, so it’s really not advisable to wear them if you want to look younger. Then again, pairing a baggy blouse with pants that have a great fit or vice versa can work out well for anyone.
Our natural reaction when we see imperfections on our body is to hide them. Attempting to do so may often be counterproductive. As is with any woman, arms usually become one of the biggest problem areas as they age.
You may find the skin around your arms becoming saggier as time passes by. Covering them up with a long-sleeved top may draw more attention to them, especially if the weather calls for a cooler outfit. Wearing long sleeves during colder weather is ok though.
Tan and Shiny Stockings
Let’s admit it, seeing women wearing tan and shiny stockings remind all of us of great aunt Janet during ballroom night with her friends. Then again, it’s not just shiny tan stockings that bring back these memories, but stockings in general.
Back in the day, it would be unimaginable to leave the house without wearing pantyhose, but those days are long gone. In present times, however, women who need to wear stockings, either for work or some other formal event, choose to wear opaque styles and dark shades like black.
Bold and Dark Eyeliner
Many A-list celebrities that we know wear dark and smoky eye makeup to make them look extra sizzling hot. The only difference between them and the average woman though is that they have a team of makeup artists who would retouch their makeup when it starts to become runny.
They also have flawless skin, so they need not worry about their eye makeup making its way to the wrinkles around their eyes. Unfortunately for most of us, wearing dark eyeliner can accentuate the creases on our eye area.
Carrying An “Old Lady” Handbag
We bet many of you can recall the small purse your grandma used to carry around that contains some loose change. If you do, then you know better than to carry one around if you don’t want to end up looking like a granny.
At the same time, large handbags with designer logos are also associated with old women and are already out of fashion. Younger ladies carry around small purses and clutches, but if you want something with more space, leather totes and studded backpacks are also in.
We can’t remember the last time brooches were in, so obviously, you should think twice about wearing one if you don’t want to come off as an older woman. Wearing a brooch to accessorize your clothes is an old-fashioned fashion statement.
While older women may still pin a brooch on their clothing, it might be a bit out of place for a younger woman to do the same. Not only are these pieces a thing of the past, but they also make women look like they’ve lived most of their lives in the past.
Capri pants were all the rage back in the ‘50s, so wearing one today may seem uncommon. These days, if you want to wear something short, you go for shorts, and if you want something long, you go for pants.
Achieving something in between by wearing capri pants sadly won’t make you look like a vintage Hollywood star. There are some clothing companies though that manufacture jeans that crop off a little before the ankle which is the trendier version of vintage capri pants.
Always Wearing Skirts
A common misconception that most people have is that the older women get, the less reason they have to wear pants. Because of this, you’ll tend to see older women wearing skirts all the time because they believe this is the only suitable outfit for their age.
Since pants are associated with younger generations, wearing one would automatically make you look young and hip. Pairing your pants with a trendy top such as a blazer or a nice blouse could also add to your youthful demeanor.
Wearing Unflattering Colors
Fashion is definitely a form of art, much like paintings are a work of art. In the fashion industry, people pay attention to shapes, textures, and colors to see how good they’re going to look on an individual. This is why when choosing what clothes to wear, one doesn’t simply pick any color they like.
They need to analyze if the color of the clothes they’re going to choose complements their skin tone. It’s never a good idea to wear unflattering colors since these might be in high contrast with your skin tone, thus making you appear older.
Many of us have probably seen the Queen of England wearing an insane amount of tweed. In an attempt to look regal, we’re pretty sure a lot of women have tried to cop her look, only to realize that they look like an old woman.
That’s because this thick fabric is what old women usually wear, just like the Queen. If there’s one thing we’re going to tell you, it’s that tweed can make any woman in her primes look as if she’s already in her 60s.
Wearing Too Much Blush
We all desire to look like a young girl with rosy cheeks, so we turn to makeup to achieve the look. By brushing on a bit of blush on your face, you can easily bring back that youthful and rosy glow on your skin. But as we’ve learned, too much makeup can be bad.
By packing on the blush on your cheeks, you would look as if you’re trying too hard to conceal your true age, thus countering the effects you want to achieve. Always remember that a little goes a long way.
Being Too Trendy
If you think that sticking to what’s currently in is going to make you look years younger, then you might want to think again. Just because wearing bandeau skirts is the latest fashion trends among the younger generation, doesn’t mean you should follow it.
You should always consider what would look good on you and not what is fashionable at the moment. We’re not saying you should dress your age, but what we mean is there are some styles that are not necessarily the current trend that would make you look younger than you are.
Wearing Outdated Glasses
For some reason, many people believe that wearing eyeglasses would make them look older. This may be true for some, but an update on your specs can make you look your age or even younger.
Naturally, wearing eyeglasses that are were trendy a decade ago would also make you look like an old-school version of yourself. The key is to replace your frames with a newer and more fashionable style. Not only will you look younger, but you’ll also feel like you’re part of the younger eyeglass-wearing generation.
Cardigans are extremely warm and comfy, a perfect outfit to wear when the weather is cold. Then again, any woman, no matter their appearance or age, automatically looks like an old woman once they wear a cardigan.
Maybe it’s the cut or the color that does the trick, but overall, you should stay away from wearing it. There are a lot of other clothing options you can choose when it’s cold outside such as a stylish coat or a blazer.
Wrapping A Large Decorative Scarf Around Your Neck
We’ve said it earlier, and we’re going to say it again -- stay away from scarves, especially if they are brightly decorated. Wearing a scarf, even when it’s not chilly, is so out of style that it would only make you look like an old-fashioned old lady.
A good rule of thumb is to show off your neck to make it appear like you’re a fun, vibrant, and young woman. If there’s absolutely no reason for you to wear a scarf, then don’t wear one.
Not Wearing A Belt
As Beyonce said in her song, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it,” women really should show off their assets to make them look younger. By flaunting your curves, you’ll be able to give others the impression that you’re a young woman who has absolutely no insecurities.
To do so, wearing a belt can help you achieve that flattering look. Even though loose-fitting clothes could give anyone extreme comfort, adding on a belt to your ensemble to add a bit of figure to your body.
Dressing in All Black
A lot of you may be surprised to find this on our list, but there’s a pretty good reason why it’s here. Black is the go-to color of most women when they want to dress up a bit, but wearing it all the time can be a bit too much.
Because black is literally the absence of color, wearing it can make anyone look dull and pale. To make your black outfit look better, try mixing black clothing of different textures with each other. You could also add fun accessories to add a pop of color to your look.
Not Having A Good Skincare Routine
Above everything else, one needs to take good care of their skin to keep themselves looking young for many years. A good skincare routine requires consistency. While it’s good to change things up when it comes to fashion, having one routine for your skin would be enough.
Dry skin is the number one reason why most people look older than they are. A cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are the three must-haves to keep your skin looking fresh and young all the time.
Using the Wrong Foundation
We’ve already discussed earlier how cakey makeup adds to a person’s age. The same rule applies to foundation. Applying the wrong foundation on your face can make anyone look ultimately older. Makeup is supposed to make people look their best, but wearing the wrong shade of foundation can do the opposite.
The common mistake most women make when looking for their shade is testing the foundation at the back of their hands. To get the shade that matches the skin on your face, you need to test in a closer area such as the neck or the cheek.
Not everything that is back in style looks good on everyone, we all know that. Just like many fashion trends that have been resurrected, the tracksuit is the one that puzzles us the most. It’s not that it looks bad, but it’s just not that easy to pull off.
To add to that, some people even don matching tracksuits to take things to the next level. While some celebrities can easily pull off this look, sadly, many average people can’t. It makes most people look old since this is a style that has existed in the past.
This might be the most obvious fashion faux pas on our list. If it’s not apparent to you yet, shoulder pads were a huge trend back in the ‘80s. Older women wore these a lot because back then, having broad shoulders was considered beautiful, compared to today where we think daintier features are much prettier.
Not only do shoulder pads make any woman look more masculine, but a boxy appearance can add years to one’s look. Let’s all just keep shoulder pads in the past and move on to newer trends.
In some countries, a shimmering appearance is quite trendy, but as we keep on mentioning, just because something is trendy doesn’t mean it’s for everybody. Adding a bit of shimmer to your look can be a good thing, especially if you want to highlight your eyes and the highest points on your face.
However, packing on too much can make you look older since they tend to gather on the creases of your face. Since shimmer is already eye-catching as it is, you don’t want all the attention going on to the less flattering areas of your face.
Chunky Highlights On Your Hair
Having chunky highlight was all the rage in the past. Almost every girl dyed their hair in a similar manner. Today, it just looks outdated and unfashionable.
Aside from the fact that this is a look reserved for the ‘90s, chunky highlights also look like strands of white hair for some people, which would obviously make anyone look older. If you want to change up the color of your hair, you should opt for a balayage, which is like the modern and more fashionable version of ‘90s highlights.
Suits That Don’t Fit Well
For the longest time, suits have been considered as an outfit that is not only suitable for men, but for women too. Wearing a suit can make any woman look chic and elegant, but the wrong size can add decades to their appearance.
A larger suit, or even a smaller one, can make or break your entire look. But one shouldn’t lose hope when their suit doesn’t fit them well. The trick to making any suit look good is to pair it with the right type of pants and accessories.
Flashy Nail Polish
Teenagers are notorious for making a statement by applying vibrant and flashy nail polish. A woman in her 20s though who chooses to do the same may come off as trying hard to look younger than they actually are, which gives other people the impression that they must already be of old age.
Flashy nail polish can also draw one’s attention to the person’s hand, making them notice all the wrinkles and imperfections that might be present. It’ always best to go for neutral shades to give a cleaner and more youthful look.
Compared to stilettos, kitten heels are much easier to walk and balance on. Then again, by doing so, you risk making people think that you’re not young enough to balance your weight on higher heels. However, a woman should never sacrifice comfort for appearance.
Since kitten heels are so outdated and are only worn by older women during interviews or other gatherings which calls for a more formal outfit, you might want to opt for lower blocked heels if you have a difficult time walking on high heels. Your feet will thank you later.
Rhinestones are so ‘90s, and adding these gems to your outfit might be a bit out of date. More commonly, we only see rhinestones on the clothes of little girls, so it’s a bit unusual for older women to add some to their clothes.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with adding a bit of sparkle to your outfit though, but you might want to consider other alternatives to accessorize your clothes. If you really want some rhinestones on your apparel though, then keep in on the minimum.
Blue eyeshadow is definitely not a color that any woman can easily pull off. This shade isn’t necessarily what’s in at the moment, and it’s quite difficult to pair it with any skin tone.
While many people think that light blue eyeshadow is a color most younger women would wear, it doesn’t necessarily mean it can make them look their age. Instead of lighter shades of blue or green, makeup artists suggest using darker shades such as navy blue instead.
Too Short Hair
Earlier on our list, we said that hair that is too long can age a person rather than make them look young, The same is true though for hair that is too short. Many women believe that by cutting off their hair, the additional years on their face would go with it.
In reality, though, this is far from the truth. Since most older women opt for shorter hairdos, a lot of people easily associate it with old age. Even if you’re in your late teens or early twenties, you can guarantee that a shorter hairstyle, such as a pixie cut, will make you look older than you actually are.
Wearing Chunky Shoes
A lot of the outfits we wear create various illusions that could either make us look good or not. In the case of chunky shoes, while they do look cute with different clothes, it can make some women look older.
That’s because these types of shoes can make your bottom half look heavier, giving the appearance that you’re older. Since the bottom side of women tend to pack on weight as they grow older, you’d want to avoid outfits that would emphasize this part of your body.
Tying A Jacket Around Your Waist
Tying a jacket around the waist is a style that was prominent in the ‘90s. Nowadays, you can see women still tying their jackets around their waist as they workout, which is ok. Wearing it casually though is a big deal.
Not only is it a thing of the past, but tying your jacket around your waist can give the illusion that you have a wide set bottom, which is common as women age. If you’re not going to wear it, it would be better to drape it around your shoulder or just carry it in your arm.
Rocking Logo Clothing
Whether you’re young or old, logo clothing is never a good trend. The reason why you see celebrities wearing so much logo clothing is that they’re famous personalities trying to promote clothing brands. Naturally, they would wear these kinds of clothing.
For the average person though, wearing a shirt with a huge logo printed in the middle can draw unwanted attention. Mostly, these clothes also lack shape so you would end up looking saggy. Instead of buying these expensive shirts, spend your money on clothes that would actually make you happy.