As with our makeup, our clothing style should reflect our age, and it should change as we get older. That favorite blouse — which looked great on you when you were 18 — can now harm your image by adding years to your appearance and making you look bulkier.
We at Bright Side sought expert opinion on the subject, and we are happy to present a list of items you should banish from your wardrobe altogether...or at least wear as little as possible.
Patterned tights are only suitable for fashion shows or stylish photo shoots. In everyday life, they not only look highly provocative but can also age you by 20 years.
Blouses with wing-type sleeves are tricky to wear since they only look good on girls with slim builds. If your figure is of a different type, it’s best to abandon such garments. The wide segments under the arms tend to visually merge with the body, turning your torso into one large "blob" and making you look bulky.
"Baggy clothing upsets the delicate balance — it hides your silhouette and makes you look seriously older," says Orly Schwartz, a stylist/consultant from Zahavi & Schwartz. Items that resemble a potato sack fail to highlight the contours of your body and make you look excessively bulky.
Wearing a blouse made from thick chainmail-textured material together with pants made of light transparent fabric is a really bad idea. Generally speaking, combining exotic styles of clothing is always difficult. And, needless to say, you can’t wear such items on a daily basis.
Things like translucent materials or hearts and rhinestones on clothes are bound to make you look older. This doesn’t mean that you should abandon decorations per se. Simply make sure they match your clothing style.
That said, fashion expert Ali Levine is of the opinion that style-conscious people should avoid clothes with decorations completely. She argues that such items not only age the wearer but also look tacky.
"You ought to stop spending money on T-shirts with bright prints, cheerful slogans, or spring bouquet-styled patterns. Keep as far away from short-lived fashion fads as possible," advises Alana Kelen, a celebrity stylist from New York.
Gray-green, olive, dark yellow, pistachio, and brown clothes don’t suit everyone. Most often, they accentuate wrinkles and give your face an unhealthy appearance.
Janice Hurley, an image consultant, finds that people have difficulty abandoning past trends. As for Diane Pollack, a fashion expert from New York, she believes that wearing things "from another era" is a real crime against style since they make the wearer look considerably older.
Remember that it’s very difficult to wear tweed coats and suits with floral prints without causing damage to your overall appearance and making yourself look antiquated.
You don’t have to choose between beauty and comfort. It’s quite possible to enjoy both. Just be sure to avoid massive hats with clear outlines and decorations (such as flowers or rhinestones).
“Pearls are a classic that many of us wear wrong,“ says Leon Rbibo, president of The Pearl Source, LA. ”You shouldn’t go for massive stuff. Look at the stars like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, or Kim Kardashian — they only wear necklaces with small pearls."
A pearl necklace with lots of elements and overlapping threads, which you inherited from your grandma, is bound to look bad on you. Especially if you wear it with denim jackets or jumpsuits. The same can be said for necklaces with frighteningly large rocks: they distort your figure and make you look old.
Anita Kealey, a stylist and designer from Custom Tailor & Designers Association, says, "Trying to conceal your thighs, arms, and stomach beneath a shapeless, dark-toned jacket is a big mistake. This makes you look aged and unattractive."
Items with lots of straps, buttons, pockets, or all of those elements at once, used to be trendy 30 years ago. These days, such clothes are certain to add just as many years to your appearance.
What are the items that you would avoid? Share in the comments!