The 13 Most Common Style Choices That Age You

Individual style preferences form through the years. However, a style habit might act against you and your current age.

Bright Side knows all the style mistakes that can add years to your appearance, and we have some tips on how to avoid them.

13. Maintain outfit proportions.

If you closely follow the latest style changes, you know that it's crucial to consider proportions. They can make or break your outfit. Wide-legged pants go much better with a slim-fitting top. Likewise, an oversized T-shirt should be worn with skinny jeans – this combination creates a good geometrical contrast. A note to keep in mind: choose the right clothes for your body size. Your clothes shouldn't fit too loosely and hide your beauty. On the other hand, overly tight clothes will crumple and spoil your overall look.

12. Combine accessories.

When it comes to dressing stylishly, the trio (shoes, bags, and belts) must not match, but they should "go together." Matching colors are an outdated rule that's out of style now. If you want a look to kill, just add one bright spot. For the rest of the outfit, stick mostly with neutral colors.

11. Opt for belts.

Baggy clothes make you look very untidy and messy, adding extra kilos and years to your total look. Are you sure you want that? We thought not. To complete your outfit, use the power of a belt. It will accentuate your curves and create a feeling that is light and breezy. It's worth a try.

10. Say goodbye to retro styles.

Fashion trends come and go, so don't get stuck somewhere in between for decades. Even your favorite jeans won't work in your favor if they're out of style. For example, bell-bottom jeans are kind of antique today in the world of fashion and might add on as many years as you've been wearing them. Try the flares that many celebrities rock now. They suit almost everyone, but be sure to find the perfect fit for your body type that will flatter your shape. Success is guaranteed.

9. Move on from teenage outfits.

Style rules changes with age. Don't believe that you'll be wearing the same kind of outfit that you wore at your Sweet 16. Glitter jeans and a cartoon T-shirt won't make you look younger. On the contrary, they'll emphasize the age difference and make your look quite inappropriate. Classic blue jeans and a plain white T-shirt are a much better choice for a stylish and young look.

8. Go for modern frames.

Glasses acquired a strong fashion potential a long time ago. It's an affordable accessory that helps you style up your face. However, the wrong size or frame type can completely spoil your look. There are a lot of different designs now, so it won't be hard to find the one that suits you the most.

7. Try a shorter hairstyle.

Long sleek hair makes age-related changes on your face more obvious. Give priority to shoulder bobs or short layers if you're not in the mood for a big change. They'll make you look younger and brighten up your complexion.

6. Perfect your manicure.

Your hands reveal your age first. Purple, peach, and pearl pink colors make your hands look older than they really are, creating a bad contrast with your skin. To make your hands look younger, use colors that visually brighten up your skin: dove beige, shiny white, or creamy white. An oval nail shape is the best choice for a simple and classic manicure to elongate your nails.

5. Apply blush correctly.

The rule goes that blush should be applied on the apples of the cheeks, but that's only true for young girls. The shape of your face changes with time, and this type of application emphasizes unwanted wrinkles. To achieve a lifting effect using only your blush, apply it horizontally from the apples of your cheeks along your cheekbones to your temples.

4. Apply bronzer with care.

Bronzer applied on your nose, chin, and forehead makes you look older. To avoid this mistake, apply the bronzer with a 3-shaped movement: from the middle of the forehead moving sideways to the center of the cheek and to your chin and neck. This method will help you look tanned, and your face will acquire a brightened look.

3. Enhance your natural beauty with makeup.

Lips, eyes, and eyebrows play a crucial role when talking about someone's age. Lips usually become thinner, and eyebrows become lighter. To remove all age-defining changes from your face, we advise putting on some makeup. Don't forget to use cosmetics, but avoid bright colors.

2. Lighten up your lipstick.

Dark shades of lipstick make your lips look thinner, visually adding several years of age. If you don't want to give up this top fashion trend, shift your preferences to juicy berry colors. Give your lipsticks with cold undertones to your little sister.

1. Smile!

Research shows that a smile makes you look younger in the eyes of strangers. Now you have one more wonderful reason to smile!

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