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1. Big Hairdos Are A Do Not

“But everyone says that volume in hair is a good thing!” some might remark. And it definitely is! But too much volume can turn a hot hairstyle into a hot mess pretty quickly. “Too often, a mature client thinks she must have height,” a New York City salon owner told The List. 

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“Teased-up hair can make anyone look older,” the owner explained. “Volume is different and can look modern and elegant.” However, overly-teased hair, especially styles that involve the use of hairspray, can  have the unintended side effect of quickly aging a person. Instead, invest in a volumizing shampoo and put down the teasing comb.

2. Long, Long Hair

Women often try to hide behind their hair, thinking that long hair will more easily cover up any imperfections or mask other body-based insecurities. But in an effort to have young, flowing hair, many women risk achieving the opposite: making themselves look much older.

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“Too long always ages a woman,” celebrity hair stylist Mitch Stone told The List. “I’m not talking past your shoulders long, but cat lady long (not to be confused with Cat Woman).” Stone qualifies “cat lady long” as going past one’s ribs. Instead, this stylist says that women should opt for a longer bob hairstyle that doesn’t weigh them down with all that hair.

3. Matching Lipstick To Your Outfit

This one can be tricky. It is common knowledge among the makeup-obsessed that it is always good to coordinate one’s lipstick with their outfit, like wearing a pop of red lipstick to offset an otherwise boring outfit. But where we draw the lip liner in the sand is when it comes to matching one’s lip color to their outfit.

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If anyone is wearing a bubblegum pink sweater, for example, we would highly advise against pairing that with bubblegum pink lipstick. Why? Because this level of coordination is generally considered to be a “mom-style,” meaning that its days of being on-trend are long over.

4. Jeggings Are A 2-For-None

We imagine that most women who are picking up a pair of jeggings are thinking about how they can get two benefits for one pair of pants. On the one hand, this particular style of pants is said to be much more comfortable than jeans, but on the other hand, they still look like jeans!

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We are not here to dispute the comfort of jeggings, but rather, to reiterate the obvious yet painful truth that jeggings are decidedly not jeans. While the right pair of jeans are cut to flatter one’s figure, jeggings do the opposite. The thin material shows every lump and bump that come along with age, and they themselves quickly lose their shape.

5. Large and Gaudy Jewelry Is Too Much

Statement necklaces are given that name because they do exactly that — they make a statement; we get it. Sometimes, while shopping at a jewelry store, that big, intricate, statement necklace might jump out at a shopper. But generally speaking, people should try to resist the urge of buying that louder piece.

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Costume jewelry, or pieces that look like they are probably straight from someone’s deceased relative’s hand-me-downs can immediately age a person. These big accessories can weigh someone down. Instead, the best statement is to let your natural beauty shine through. Switch out that statement piece and instead opt to wearing simple pieces that are more in style.

6. An Overdone Fake Tan

Tanning is one of the number one proven actions that ages one’s skin rapidly. The damage that harmful sun rays can cause to someone’s face can create deep wrinkles, fine lines, and a leathery feeling that is not a good look on anyone. So sometimes women decide to offset this ageing trend by using a fake tanner.

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But while these fake tanners might not ruin someone’s skin, they can still ruin a perfectly good outfit. That is because having too unnaturally dark of a shade can actually draw attention to imperfections on one’s face — not to mention the difficulty that comes with matching a fake tanner to one’s skin and the treat of turning one’s face into an Oompa Loompa orange hue.

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An eyebrow-raising trend that has come and (hopefully) gone is the phenomenon of those thin, strangely shaped eyebrows that closely resemble St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. It’s that signature over-plucked look that dominated the early 2000s as celebrities donned barely-there brows.  But the 2000s have come and gone, and so, too, should this baffling eyebrow trend.

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Beyond looking peculiar, the reason that overplucking can make a person look seriously older is because the trend is so out of style and so, well, old. Wearing a 20-year-old trend right on one’s face can quickly age a person, making them look out of place and, frankly, out of date.

8. The Jersey Dress Trend

We get why jersey dresses have become a favorite in many women’s’ closets. Everyone loves wearing a comfortable T-shirt. So the thought arises: why stop just at our hips? Why not extend that T-shirt’s hemline down and turn it into a full-length? But there are a ton of reasons why this logic simply does not work.

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Jersey dresses might be comfortable, but they can also age a person rather easily. The cotton fabric clings to every imperfection and bunches in all the wrong places. These dresses also easily wrinkle and their lightweight quality means that a jersey dress pretty much never looks expensive. Instead, stick to T-shirts or, if one simply must have a dress, wear a nightgown in the comfort of one’s own home.

9. Head-To-Toe Pastels

Pastels are very on trend, so much so that some are even opting to wear full, monochromatic outfits of the same shade of pale pinks or blues. And for older women, this trend might be welcome. As we age, our skin tones often fade and become lighter, pairing well with a pastel hue.

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But because of this, too many pastels can have the effect of washing a person out and can make them look older. Instead, pair a pastel with a dark pair of jeans or another contrasting piece. And if one simply insists on soft colors, opt for neutrals like a beige or off-white rather than a baby green.

10. Long, Floor Length Skirts

We are adding long, floor length skirts to this long, floor length list of trends that are making us look much older. While some women might opt for longer hemlines as they get older, they should proceed with a ton of caution.

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These floor-length skirts might do the job of hiding our legs, but they also hide pretty much all of the rest of a woman’s figure. If anyone is going to wear one of these long skirts, make sure to pair them with a more structured, tighter top. Long skirts with more relaxed-fitting tops can easily cross the line from fashion to frumpy.

11. Cakey, Powdery Makeup

As people age, imperfections and sun damage increasingly begin to surface on the skin, especially on a one’s face. And for some women, the quest to cover up those spots might mean packing on a lot of cakey face makeup. But that might be doing more harm that good.

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Even for young women who are not trying to cover up such damage, packing on a ton of face makeup almost immediately makes someone look much older. Instead, focus on using cream foundations or tinted moisturizers. And when it is necessary to add a little powder, apply only to the areas that need it rather than all over one’s face.

12. Covering Up Your Neck Too Much

When it comes to imperfections or areas we feel self-conscious about, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cover it up. Sometimes that could mean applying makeup, and other times it could mean extended hemlines. But when fighting back against aging skin on one’s neck, sometimes covering up is not for the best.

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The skin on necks loosens with age, and many choose to hide those signs of aging by wearing a lot of turtlenecks. But that fashion choice might be aging people even more. Too tight of a fit can draw attention to that problem area, and wearing a dark turtleneck might contrast the fading of one’s skin tone with a dark shade too harshly.

13. Wearing The Same Hairstyle For Years

Why mess with perfection? When it comes to our hairstyles, sometimes we find the one that is exactly what we desire and suddenly we do not want to touch a single hair on our heads ever again. But even the best hairstyles fade over time and can begin to age a person.

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We know it will be tough to part with that signature hairstyle, but it is best to switch up a hairdo every few years. Hair, like fashion, evolves dramatically over time. A rule of thumb: if a person’s hair matches a photo of them from 5 to 10 years ago, chances are they are long overdue for an upgrade.

14. Dark Lipsticks Leave A Bad Mark

Sometimes we might just be feeling moody, and other times we might just want to match the colder season around us, but either occasion usually calls for a dark lip. And while this look might be in style, it could also be aging someone unintentionally.

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As we age, our lips inevitably become thinner and paler, and those once strong lines that outline lips become more faded over time. A dark lip can often accentuate these signs of aging, making a thinner lip even more pronounced. Also, as the lips become more prone to drying, a dark hue can highlight every crevice on one’s lips.

15. Matchy-Matchy Jewelry

When it comes to fashion, it is pretty safe to say that Coco Chanel is the expert. So we will refer to her when it comes to jewelry: Chanel once famously advised women, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

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Just like statement pieces can age someone, so too can overly matched accessories. Wearing that bubble necklace with its matching earrings and bracelet can not only weigh someone down, it can add years to their style. Instead, take those matching sets and break them up to be worn separately with different outfits, creating more varied (and better) looks.

16. Floral Patterns Are Out

Sometimes it is nice to stop and admire the flowers. That’s all fine and dandy when it comes to a nice spring walk outside, but when it comes to shopping at a local department store, we actually would not recommend admiring all of that floral. These patterns can oftentimes be outdated and age whoever wears them.

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Larger floral patterns can sometimes flirt with that precarious line between fun and gaudy, and that is never a safe line to toe. For the floral lovers out there, sometimes the smaller flowery patterns look much better and younger. For other prints, go for more abstract or geometric patterns rather than designs like animal prints and polka dots.

17. Ill-Fitting and Exposed Undergarments

There are tons of undergarment options that basically can work with any outfit now, and many of them are designed to work miracles. Even Kim Kardashian has begun selling a line of “high-end” undergarments that include one-legged stockings and skin-toned fashion tapes.

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So there is absolutely no excuse anymore (nor has there ever been) for wearing exposed underwear. Seriously, tuck those unsightly straps away. But what is even worse, according to fashion experts? Wearing ill-fitting undergarments that create those unsightly lines under even the best of outfits, that’s what. Luckily, that issue can be easily solved by getting a quick measurement from any local lingerie store.

18. Big, Baggy Outfits

As people age, many decide that their best bet is to go baggier when it comes to the fit of their clothing. That reaction, combined with the fact that looser fitting clothing is very much back in style, makes it all the more enticing to pick up that big, tent-like dress hanging in one’s favorite store. But keep that look on the hanger.

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Wearing a completely over-sized outfit can actually make one look older, since it does nothing to accentuate any shape on one’s body. Instead, pair a baggy piece with something a bit tighter, such as a looser-fit pair of pants with a more structured top.

19. Long Sleeves Get The Cold Shoulder

Almost every person has an area on their body that they are self-conscious about. And as we age, for many people, that problem area is on the arms, especially that area on the upper arm where skin seems to hang, sag, and wave around.

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A natural reaction is usually to want to cover up one’s arms. The hope is that wearing long sleeves hides the issue and hopefully might draw less attention to that area of one’s body. But wearing long sleeves exclusively might, instead, achieve the opposite. No one will notice some arm imperfections on the beach, but they will notice a person sweating through their long-sleeved shirt — and they’ll wonder why.

20. Tan, Shiny Pantyhose

Nothing ruins a good outfit like a bad pair of tights. Years ago, it would be considered crazy to consider leaving your home in a skirt without a pair of tights. But times are changing, and these undergarments meant to make skin look young might actually age a person even more.

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“I know it is a bit controversial as they are a huge staple of most women’s wardrobes but I find tights really ageing,” stylist Roxie Nafousi told one fashion blog. Simply put, this look has long been out of style. But if someone insists on wearing tights, it’s best to stick with opaque styles and dark shades like black or navy blue.

21. Dark, Heavy Eyeliner

When it comes to the truth, we like to lay it on thick. But when it comes to eyeliner, truthfully, it is better not to lay it on that thick at all. Dark, heavy eyeliner can actually make a person look much older for a few reasons.

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First, makeup artists say that thick eyeliner can weigh down the face of even the youngest makeup-wearers, accidentally adding years to one’s look. Also, as makeup fades and smudges throughout the day, dark eyeliner can get stuck in the wrinkles, crevices, and fine lines around one’s eyes. And with all that smudging, that black eyeliner might further accentuate all of those issues we often try to cover up.

22. Small, Stiff Handbags

Before we talk about the perfect bag, let’s talk about talking about the perfect bag. By that we mean, call it a purse, call it a handbag, but do not call it a pocketbook. No matter what bag one wears, calling it a pocketbook immediately ages even the most trendy accessory.

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Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk bags. Picking the right one is crucial. A small, structured, leather bag might seem chic, but it could age a person and veer too close into “grandma purse” territory. Instead, try a slouchier style that is a bit more relaxed and youthful.

23. Take Off The Brooch

Now let’s broach the subject of an old-fashioned fashion statement: the brooch. Maybe someone has a brooch that has been passed down for generations, or perhaps they happened upon an eye-catching brooch in a vintage store. Regardless of the situation, maybe it is best to keep this particular accessory tucked away in a jewelry box.

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It has been a long time since brooches were in fashion, and now, unfortunately for some, these pieces have been considered too gaudy, old, and out of place. To put it bluntly, most outfits are better off without the glitz of a brooch, so pass on this fashion faux pas.

24. Short, High Water Pants and Capris

Shorts can be difficult for people. In some people’s experience, as they get older they become less eager to expose their legs. For others, it could be that wearing shorts makes them feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. For those reasons, as the weather gets warmer, those very same folks might decide to wear high water pants or capris as an alternative.

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But those particular styles of pants are likely to age a person without them even realizing. Most capri pants cut off at the mid-calf and are unflattering, often giving the appearance of shortening a person’s legs and making them look heavier. Instead, opt for an airier culotte pant or a skirt that cuts off at the mid-calf.

25. Never-Ever Wearing Jeans

In the minds of some, nothing says youthfulness like a good pair of jeans. And for some reason, this sentiment has sometimes translated into women believing that as they get older, it is no longer acceptable to wear a pair of jeans.

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But we are here to tell you that a good pair of jeans is for everyone, and should be a staple in any closet, no matter one’s age. As long as the jeans themselves are flattering for one’s particular body type, these denim pants can make any outfit more youthful. So stop avoiding jeans and wear them as much as you like.

26. Wearing Unflattering Colors

When on a shopping trip or scrolling through pages online, most of the time we get to choose between a wide range of colors when it comes to our clothing. But that does not mean that every single color is meant for us. Instead, there are certain colors that can be unflattering to some skin tones.

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A simple rule of thumb is that people with warmer skin tones tend to look best in warmer colors like peaches, corals, reds, and golds. Cool skin tones tend to look best in cooler tones like blues and greens. A trick for identifying a skin tone is that warmer tones tend to get tan in the sun while cooler tones are more prone to getting sun burnt.

27. Anything Tweed

Put down the tweed. We repeat, put down the tweed. Even during those times when tweed is considered to be in fashion, it is not a particularly good fabric choice for anyone who is trying to look a bit younger. That is because this heavy fabric basically screams “old.”

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Instead, anyone who is trying to go for the menswear look should opt for some more flattering fabrics. Some alternatives include suit fabrics in patterns like pinstripes or windowpanes. These options are going to be a lot more flattering, and they will probably fit a lot more comfortably than that thick, tweed fabric.

28. Too Much Blush

For years, women have been using blush to try to achieve that glowing, youthful look. A little bit of rosy rouge on the apples of cheeks can go a long way. But too much blush can end up taking a look way too far.

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Instead, too much blush can make a person look older very quickly. The key with blush is to just use enough to be able to see some color on the cheeks, but not too much to turn cheeks completely pink. That way, blush wearers get that glowy look without looking like their cheeks are on fire.

29. Sticking Too Much To The Trends

Trends can be enticing. Maybe someone is scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest and notices that everyone seems to be wearing bike shorts these days and quickly want to hop on that trend train. But just because it is in style does not mean it is fit for every body type.


Sticking too much to the current trend-of-the-time can make anyone look like they just are one of those teenagers trying to fit in with the crowd. Because of this, anyone who is not a teenager can inevitably look older. Instead, pick and choose trends that are flattering while still maintaining a personal style.

30. Out-Of-Date Eyewear

Just like all other fashions, eyeglasses can have times where they are in style and times when they are out of style. But unlike most other clothing, these accessories are worn right on a person’s face, and are usually the first thing a person sees.

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Wearing glasses that are considered out-of-date is one of the fastest ways to age a person’s face. Luckily, it has the simplest solution. Make sure to update glasses every so often, just like one might update their wardrobe. A rule of thumb is that if anyone has had the same framed glasses for a few years, it is time for a style upgrade.

31. Any Cardigans

On a breezy afternoon, sometimes grabbing the closest cardigan might seem like the safest bet. What could possibly be better than snuggling up in that cozy, cashmere cardigan? Well, we hate to say it, but a lot of things could be better when considering style.

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Cardigans are one of those pieces that immediately makes the person wearing them look older. Maybe it is the material or maybe it is about their cut and fit, but they just do not do anyone any favors. So ditch that cardigan and go for something a little bit more flattering. Some great alternatives are comfortable, stylish jackets or a good blazer instead.

32. Adding A Large, Decorative Scarf

Is it cold out? No? Well, then please take off that scarf. We know that adding a decorative scarf to an outfit has been in style lately, but this style is sure to make most of its wearers look accidentally much older.

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Some women try to use a decorative scarf to hide their skin or neck. But no matter the shape, color, or style of scarf, the trend makes most wearers look more buttoned up and covered up, and inevitably much older. So unless it is a very cold day when a scarf is necessary, take it off and let that neck see some sunlight.

33. Forgetting To Belt

For most women, no matter what age, showing off one’s figure is always stylish and always flattering. But sometimes we run into items of clothing that do not naturally show of a waistline. And in those times, it is important to grab a belt.

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While a loose fitting dress might seem appealing for comfort reasons, usually having a straight line from our armpits to our hemlines is unflattering. Instead, a quick fix is to either take a cloth or leather belt and gather the waist of a dress a bit in order to show off at least some of that figure.

34. All Black, All The Time

Don’t get us wrong, a black outfit can be an amazing thing. But there are times where that all-black-everything look can be taken way too far, and inevitably may be making a person look much older. So before anyone ditches their black clothing, here are some tricks for an all black outfit.

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Try mixing black fabrics so that the outfit is not too matted, like mixing cottons with more luxury silks or lace. Another good idea is to add a fun belt or a pop of interesting jewelry that can really be shown off against all that black. And when all that fails, use makeup for a light pop of color.

35. Not Sticking To A Skincare Routine

The rule to a good skincare routine is simple: one needs to be consistent. Once anyone finds a good skincare routine, stick to it. Stop trying out new products or new trends, just do what works for one’s particular skin type.

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Having dull or tired skin is one of the easiest ways to look older, and unlike clothing we cannot particularly change our skin. This giant organ covers our entire bodies, so treat it well. Use toners, serums, moisturizers, face masks, eye creams, cleansers, anything anyone needs to make their skin feel loved like it should. Good skin can make all the difference and can make anyone look years younger.

36. Using The Wrong Foundation

Anyone can put on the most perfect outfit for a special occasion and there still might be one glaring mistake that will inevitably age them. Looking one’s best goes beyond the clothes, and it is definitely a bad look to wear the wrong shade of foundation.

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Everyone should make sure to put their best face forward. And that means getting the perfect shade of foundation. Makeup artists say that those who are unsure should stop testing shade on the back of their hands, since the rest of our bodies are usually a shade or two darker than the face. Instead, put some on the cheek. And when in doubt, go a bit lighter since the foundation will wear off a bit throughout the day.

37. Matching Tracksuits

We get it, track suits are back in style after taking a long hiatus from the fashion magazines. Atheleisure is in, it is comfortable, and a matching tracksuit is, frankly, pretty easy to throw on in the morning. But just because something is in style does not mean that it should be in everyone’s closet.

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Unless anyone is heading to or from the gym, stay away from a tracksuit. And if anyone absolutely must wear a tracksuit, do not pair it with heels. That look is bound to make someone look much older than they are. Instead, pick one piece at a time from the matching look, or don’t wear it at all.

38. Shoulder Pads

Unless anyone is on their way to an ’80s themed birthday party, there is just no excuse to wear shoulder pads. Not only are they very much out of style, but adding shoulder pads to any look is one of the quickest ways to age a person unintentionally.

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Looking too boxy can add a decade to anyone’s look. And shoulder pads do just that. As a good alternative for anyone who is sad to see shoulder pads go, try purchasing something with a more structured look. A suit jacket can have strong shoulders without the cumbersome shoulder pads, and the result will be chic and leave anyone looking younger.

39. Shiny, Shimmery Makeup

Adding a little shimmer to a makeup look can be tempting. But a little bit goes a long way when it comes to shine. The truth might be hard to face: but piling on too much of shimmery fake makeup can end up aging someone. But before anyone goes and throws out their makeup palettes, there’s still hope.

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The reason why sparkly makeup adds years to a look is because all of that glimmer can end up gathering in all of those creases that someone might have on their face. So if anyone is going to apply some shine, just use it sparingly.

40. Chunky Highlights

The fastest way to appear older is to wear a look that is dated, and chunky highlights look like they were taken straight from the pages of a 90s magazine.Today, it is time to do away with those chunky highlights and replace them with balayage-style highlights instead.

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And don’t just take it from us. A spokesperson for L’Oreal told Good Housekeeping, “Look at any celebrities these days and you’ll never see a stripy highlight; everyone has balayage because it’s painted in exactly the right place to suit you, it grows out naturally (so is lower maintenance) and looks up to date, and therefore youthful.”

41. Ill-Fitting Suits

A suit can be one of the most timeless and chic fashion choices a woman can make. And the best part is that suits come in so many different colors, cuts, and styles, there really is a suit for everyone. But no matter which kind of suit a person chooses, there is only one way to ruin the impact of this classic look.

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Ill-fitting suits don’t suit anyone. And that is not to say that someone cannot pull off a more relaxed style suit. The trick is, if one piece of the suit is more relaxed, try pairing it with a more fitted pant or blazer. No one should ever look like they’re drowning in their suit. It isn’t a swimming suit, after all.

42. Loud Nail Polish

It is definitely enticing to go to the nail salon and want to pick out the loudest color on the wall, whether that means a bright shade or some sparkle. And some people might even be tempted to add some artificial length to their nails, as well. But put down that nail polish, because it can easily age a person. .

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Bright nails, as well as sparkly nails or fake nails, can draw unwanted attention to someone’s hands, along with any wrinkles or imperfections. Instead, go with a more nude color like a light pink. A lighter nail will look younger, and also makes a person look a bit tanner, too.

43. Kitten Heels

The cat is out of the bag, these shoes are out of style and out of date. Kitten heels, the term given to a short stiletto heel with a slight curve, are way passed their time. But for some reason, women are still making this fashion faux pas.

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We are not saying that everyone should be walking around in uncomfortable high heels. A shorter heel is definitely more practical and won’t leave anyone with a broken ankle. But for the shorter heel look, try swapping any kitten heels with a blocky, square heel instead. Anyone will look younger and more fashion forward.

44. Rhinestone Details

Want to add a little sparkle to an outfit? Well, please don’t add rhinestones and definitely don’t bedazzle it. Not only will that look raise some eyebrows, it will also raise someone’s age, or at least how old they appear to be.

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Like many of the other styles on this list, the reason this fashion choice ages people is because it is outdated and out of style. Rhinestones might look cute on a young child, but they really should never go on adult-sized clothing. But if anyone absolutely must have some rhinestones, make sure to keep the bling to a minimum.

45. Blue Eyeshadow

Eyeing that cool shade of eyeshadow? If it’s a light blue, look away. Expert makeup artists told The List that some blue hues should be avoided at all costs, and that wearing certain shades can end up aging someone’s face.

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“The days of wearing blue eyeshadow should be behind you,” DC-base makeup artist Ariel Lewis told The List. Instead, she “recommends that you try darker more muted colors – such as navy instead of bright blue, or deep jade instead of green.” When it comes to makeup looks that won’t add years, color is definitely key. So make sure a color isn’t just on trend, but that it is right color for one’s specific skin tone.

46. Wearing Too Much Black

We know all the reasons why you love black: It’s chic, it goes with everything, and it’s always in style. But black absorbs color and can leave your face looking absolutely drained – pale and tired. Probably not the look you’re going for! In contrast, wearing more color, especially near your face, will give you a healthy, youthful glow.

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If you absolutely must wear black, try to limit it to accessories or pants/skirts, so that it won’t draw the color from your complexion. Or look for more flattering neutrals. Navy, tan, and cream are  much more flattering to most skin tones.

47. Matching Accessories

This is the fashion rule that our mothers and grandmothers followed: Every accessory had to match in both texture (suede or leather – never both) and in color. Imagine having to spend hours finding the exact shade of brown for your purse, shoes and belt? But that rule is thankfully outdated.

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You don’t have to clash, exactly, but don’t worry about matching, either. If you have a red purse, there’s no need to wear red shoes, when black or brown look fine with anything. Experiment with mixing and matching your accessories for a more casual, younger look!

48. Ugly Shoes

As we age, we lose some of the cushioning in our feet. So naturally we turn to our shoes to provide it. The problem with that is that most supportive shoes are less than attractive. In fact, some of them are just plain ugly! But you don’t have to settle for those.

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Footwear doesn’t have to be a toss-up between comfortable and stylish. There are many brands that make loafers, sandals, boots, and even sneakers that give your feet all-day support, yet still manage to be trendy and cute! Spend a little extra time shopping, and you’ll be sure to find ones you love.

49. Wearing Frumpy Jeans

Yes, we know that “mom jeans” – especially those with a high waist – are particularly trendy right now. But that doesn’t mean you can pull your 80s jeans out of storage! Kudos to you if they still fit, but today’s mom jeans are nothing like the ones you wore back in the day.

The high-waisted styles you see today have a leaner fit – forget those unflattering pleats! They are shaped to show off your curves, not hide them underneath a baggy fit. You’ll look much younger in jeans that fit properly, we can promise you that!

50. Avoiding Prints

As people get older, many of them turn to solid colors for practical reasons. Rushing out the door to work? No worries – all the solids look okay together. Gone are the fun prints that had you twirling in the mirror as you tried to decide which of your high heels would work best.

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Reignite your wardrobe by adding those fun, quirky prints back into your life. Those flowers or abstract patterns will put that bloom back in your cheeks. Yes, it might take you a couple of extra minutes to figure out the perfect work combo. But isn’t looking more vibrant worth it?

51. Wearing Sparkly Eyeshadow

Sparkly, shiny, and glittery eyeshadow look so pretty in the palette, they’re almost impossible to resist. We can’t blame you for wanting to wear a look that’s part fairy, part unicorn, and all dazzling. The problem with this type of makeup is that it won’t go on smooth. Instead, it will settle into any fine lines or creases, drawing some major unwanted attention.

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The same goes for sparkly blush or ultra-shiny lipstick/gloss. We’re not saying you have to stick to boring matte colors, but use the shine sparingly. Pair it with non-sparkling makeup and place it strategically on your face.

52. Boxy Blazers

Julia Roberts rocked these, but that was decades ago. Not even she can pull them off any more! Wearing boxy blazers, especially those with big shoulder pads and rolled up sleeves, are a sure way to let your wardrobe age you! One of the biggest drawbacks to this closet staple is that they completely hide your figure, making your body completely shapeless.

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Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a trend that you absolutely adore. So if you really want to wear an oversized blazer, give it a modern twist. Instead of choosing one with a boxy silhouette, opt for one with a more defined waist. That subtle detail will make a world of difference!

53. Excessive Platforms

As you get older, you might naturally start shying away from skyscraper heels. Whether it’s because you don’t feel as steady, or you would just rather be more comfortable, your stilettos are probably tucked in the back of your closet. Platform shoes might seem like the perfect way to add some height…right?

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Unfortunately, no. Chunky platforms just draw attention to the fact that you no longer wear high heels. They also add width to the bottom half of your body, making you look much more clunky than you actually are. If you want to add height without super high heels, kitten heels are the stylish way to go!

54. Dark Nail Polish

Like dark lipstick or dark eyeliner, this is one look to avoid as you get older. As you get older and your skin gets drier, your cuticles do too. This means that dark polish might not look as smooth around the edges. Also, for many women, your hands are the part of you that most shows your age. Dark polish draws attention to them, something you might want to avoid.

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Instead of burgundy, dark purple, or navy polishes, try some of the other trendy, but lighter, colors each season. It doesn’t have to be a girl-y pastel pink, either. Greige (gray plus beige) looks flattering for most skin tones, as do aqua and lavender.

55. Wearing Jeans That Are Too Stretchy

Stiff jeans aren’t fun to wear, but it’s easy to go too far in the other direction with jeans that are a little too stretchy. While they may feel comfortable, jeans that are too stretchy will eventually get saggy, baggy, and loose – and that’s in just a few hours of wearing them. That’s not a flattering look for anyone.

Pick jeans that are comfortable enough to spend the day in, but avoid the ones that feel like pajamas. You might not realize it, but they look like pajamas too. And as for an elastic waistband on your jeans? Never! If you want to look youthful and fresh, saggy, stretchy jeans just won’t cut it.

56. Wearing teen styles

Few things make you look less young than trying too hard to look young. There are somethings we can pull off in our late teens and early-mid twenties, but beyond that draw attention to the fact that you’re trying to look younger.

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That includes things like really short skirts, Hello Kitty stuff, high pigtails, and styles that could be easily transferred to a clothing line for kids. By trying to pull these styles off in your late twenties and beyond, you’ll only be drawing attention to the fact that you are not in your teens and early twenties anymore.

57. Contouring

Look, we know Kendall and Kylie pull this off amazingly but thee thing is, they are young, beautiful girls with professional makeup artists. Contouring for the average person doesn’t translate nearly as well, and a lot of the the time, looks downright weird.

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Having too much make up is a surefire way to look older and contouring requires layering of make up done really well. While it might work out nicely for a night out, it’s definitely not an everyday look for the most of us.

58. Neutral florals

We love florals, and we love neutral palettes. But together, these two bring us back to grandma’s house, and that association will subconsciously be projected on you. We recommend sticking with other types of patterns, like solids, dots, or stripes if going with a neutral palette.

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If opting for a nice floral print, bright hues or dark palettes (or best of all, dark base with bright hues) to avoid looking washed out, a departure from the bright, glowy complexion we associate with youth and beauty.

59. Hair accessories such as feathers or brightly colored streaks

As with dressing in styles that are generally reserved for people in their teen and early twenties, hair styles, like bright colored streaks or feather extensions, can also add years to your appearance. We most commonly see these styles with high schoolers and college aged kids.

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That means that when we see it on someone who’s not that age, our mind notices the irregularity. Now, we’ve set ourselves up as a contrast to youth, aka, on the older end of the spectrum.  Nothing makes us look older than trying too hard to look young.

60. Combed-back hairstyles

As we get older, our hairlines naturally recede, which makes our foreheads bigger. Combed back hairstyles bring this age marker right to the forefront, as well as the place we tend to get lines and wrinkles first. The same is true for straight parts.

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61. Clashing Patterns

There is clashing and then there is clashing. While you don’t necessarily have to remove all prints from your wardrobe, there is a limit to what anyone can pull off. Too many loud, clashing prints make you look more like a badly decorated living room than a trendsetter.

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Still, it shouldn’t scare you off from patterns and prints altogether. Just try to practice moderation. Is your outfit making you dizzy just looking in the mirror? Probably just a bit too much.

62. Going too retro

Fashion is cyclical and trends come and go, but one thing is for sure: leave the retro looks to the kids. While it may seem super cool to rock a throwback style like these 1940’s/1950’s looks, it may actually be dating you. Be careful of choosing kitsch clothes from an era that looks like you could have been born way back then

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Best to scrub all the reminders of ye olde time fashion from your closet. Wearers of a certain age should try to avoid bringing attention to the age of certain trends, if you catch our drift.

63. Going too low-cut

Body positivity and owning your look are key parts of any outfit, but there are some (neck)lines you shouldn’t cross. Also a good reminded to wear sun protection early and often, plunging necklines can reveal more than just skin.

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Since some women forget to apply enough sunscreen to their décolletage, showing off that skin is a sure way to age yourself. Easy fix? Slather on some S.P.F.!!!

64. Overly aggressive cat-eye

Though tempting, it’s a good idea to avoid walking down the cat-eye path. While a seemingly innocent addition to your wardrobe, those vintage shilouette shades might be tricky to pull-off. The fashion was popular before TV was even in color, and it tends to look that way.

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65. Big (huge) logos

If you’re purse shopping, you may notice a weird thing happening. The more expensive the purse, the smaller the logo. While the big flashy brands and recognizable logos may be an appealing way to broadcast your style to the world, they’re actually the bargain basement option

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66. Statement hats

The Kentucky Derby, The Met Gala, Church on Sundays. What do the places on this list have in common? They’re totally acceptable venues to trot out that serious crown. Be careful when reaching for that statement hat, the look can really fall flat. Really flat.

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67. Athleisure all the time

Comfy, functional, durable clothes. The kind of tights you can throw on for (nearly) all occasions. Don’t fall into the trap! Even though more women are wearing joggers and other fitness/athleisure trends in the workplace and even in nightlife, it’s a sure way to look older than you are.

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68. Schoolgirl looks

Plaid skirts have a time and a place. The time is never and the place is only as school uniforms. Whether you’re channeling your inner Britney or just trying to give your OOTD a playful, youthful vibe… just don’t. Schoolgirl skirts, especially the pleated variety, tend to look mismatched when worn by women who aren’t in their teens or 20’s.

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69. DayGlo palates

Electric pink, lightning yellow, bright purple. They’re eye-catching and hard to miss. Colors that look best when worn to the club, and with a heaping helping of confidence. While an accessory in a bright color may make your outfit really pop, going full candy tone is a tough look, especially as we get older.

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70. Overalls (and coveralls)

If it ends in the word “alls”, run! While they look amazing on farmers, it’s a look that can age you or make you look overly drab. While they go in-and-out of fashion, overalls are best worn by women young enough to really accentuate their playful, quirky nature.

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Unless you’re going for the “American Gothic” look, just stick to jeans. Ironic fashion plays an important role, but these big bags of shapeless demin are best left alone. Pick a pant with some form and avoid this overly playful workwear standby, you’ll look years younger!

Sources: The List, Southern Living, Fashion Beans