10 Fashion Choices That Make You Look Old & 10 That Make You Look Young

10 Fashion Choices That Make You Look Old & 10 That Make You Look Young

Clothes are more than just things to put on and cover your body with - they're expressions of your personality and aesthetic. While some fashion choices we make look good for us and can even make us appear a certain way, there are some no-goes that you might want to avoid. Here are 10 fashion choices that'll make you look old and outdated, and 10 that'll make you look young and stylish.

1. Outdated Prints

Outdated prints like old-fashioned florals, stripes, or paisley patterns can instantly add on a couple of years to the wearer. They simply don't match with the times and can immediately evoke imagery of an older generation.

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2. Dark, Solid Colors

Dark, solid colours, especially black, can look harsh against the skin. While it's a colour that's often celebrated for its slimming effect, it's also one that makes people look more mature and older than they actually are.

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3. Oversized Clothing

Lacking shape and completely drowning one's figure, oversized clothing can create a frumpy appearance that makes one look a lot older. They just don't always fit well, leading to a failure of highlighting the body's natural appearance.

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4. Heavy Traditional Jewelry

Heavy traditional jewelry can easily look dated in today's generation. People today often opt for more minimalist pieces that look fresh and modern, so wearing rings and necklaces with designs that looks older and more rustic can make one seem dated.

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5. Too Much Layering

Similar to oversized clothes, too much layering can add a lot of bulk and cause your body to look weirdly shaped. It obscures the body, contributing to a much older look. Layering clothes is all about strategy!

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6. Turtlenecks Under Dresses

While wearing turtlenecks under dresses can work, it's all about harmonizing the colours and fabrics. When done wrong, the outfit simply looks too conservative and brings to mind a past generation.

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7. Shirt Buttoned All the Way Up

Wearing your shirt buttoned all the way up just looks severe and extremely old-fashioned. When not paired with accessories that can soften the look, this style simply ages you, especially when worn in a more formal setting.

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8. Pearl Necklaces

Pearl necklaces tend to evoke a more mature, classic elegance that doesn't exactly translate to "youthful." It's a type of jewelry that tends to be associated with the older generation, maybe something your grandmother wore. While it's timeless, it has to be paired with the right modern look to feel and seem younger.

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9. Brooches and Large Pins

Brooches and large pins can be seen as old-fashioned, especially when worn in traditional ways, such as on the lapel of a coat or blazer. While they can be unique and personal, they often carry a vintage air that makes one seem a lot older and more dated.

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10. Boxy, Short-Sleeve Blouses

Boxy, short-sleeve blouses, particularly those in stiffer fabrics, can lack shape and modernity. This style feels reminiscent of older office wear looks, adding years to one's appearance especially when paired with other conservative articles of clothing.

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1. Playful Accessories

To make yourself look more youthful, playful accessories like fun socks, bold sunglasses, or trendy hats can be an easy way to inject a younger spirit into your look. They feel nice and light-hearted, giving off a fun and carefree vibe.

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2. Layered Necklaces

Women in this generation love layering necklaces, especially with varying lengths and small, delicate charms. There's a whimsical feel to it that gives off a modern vibe, giving your look a more casual and younger aesthetic.

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3. Sneakers With Dresses

Forget about heels! Who wants to be uncomfortable all the time anyway? For a more trendy and youthful look that combines comfort with chic, try pairing your dress with some sneakers. Not only does it look good, you won't have to worry about your feet as you enjoy your lovely day out.

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4. Denim Jackets

Denim jackets are just timeless, creating a casual, effortless vibe that still manages to look stylish. You can throw one over a dress, a shirt, or whatever you like!

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5. Graphic Tees

Graphic tees are a fun way to communicate your personality and interests, whether it's a band, a brand, or a message. Pairing a graphic tee with your look is a quick and simple way to make a statement.

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6. Ankle Boots

Ankle boots give the perfect amount of heel, adding sophistication to your outfit without adding any pain. They're versatile too - you can pair them with jeans, skirts, or dresses, making them the ultimate addition to any wardrobe. 

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7. Midi Skirts

Midi skirts with a vibrant print, colour, or in a flowing fabric can look both elegant and playful at the same time. It's the perfect balance between being too conservative and too revealing, ensuring that you're feeling good in what you're wearing while feeling comfortable and confident too.

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8. Bold Belts

Belts serve as the focal point of an outfit, whether you're cinching a dress or trying to add a bit of flair to your favourite pair of jeans. Using a statement belt can show off your style, adding an element of youth thanks to your bold choice.

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9. Statement Sneakers

Statement sneakers are not just for the gym anymore. Bright colors, unusual textures, or unique designs make them a centerpiece for a youthful, on-trend outfit that also prioritizes comfort.

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10. Soft, Layered Haircuts

Soft, layered haircuts can frame the face in a way that's flattering and youthful. While not a clothing choice, the right hairstyle can make a big difference. It can significantly impact your overall appearance, making you look more vibrant and dynamic.

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