Looking for fashion tips to make you look younger? Our clothing plays a significant role in how we look and feel. If it’s been years since you’ve updated your closet, it’s likely the clothes you’re wearing may be aging you. On the flip side, trying to stay on top of all the latest trends can make it look like you’re trying too hard to look youthful. So what are we to do? It’s a balancing act, but once you figure out your personal style, you’ll be easily able to pick the perfect clothes for you. Here are our best tips to help you dress younger.
11 Fashion Tips to Make You Look Younger
1. Wear Age Appropriate Styles
Just because something is on trend, doesn’t mean everyone should be wearing it. Take crop tops and sweatsuits for example. While they may look cute on teens and twenty-somethings, wearing certain styles when you’re older can actually age you more. When you see a trend you like, ask yourself if it’s age appropriate. This doesn’t mean you have to dress all stuffy, it just means that some styles are better left to the younger generations.
2. Wear Clothes That Fit
While super oversized fits and baggy clothes may be the go-to style for Gen Zs, baggy, shapeless clothes can make you look frumpy and unflattering. Your closest should reflect what your body looks like- make sure to choose fitted clothes that show off your figure. Blazers or sweaters that are a little oversized are great. They give a more casual, youthful feel without swallowing up your body.
3. Balance Playful and Polished
While tailored pieces like structured two-piece sets will make you look polished, they can also come off as aging. Add some playfulness to your looks with high-rise flared denim, colourful jackets, pieces that fall off the shoulder, and asymmetrical silhouettes. If you can achieve the right balance between polished and playful, it can shave years off your look.
4. Incorporate More Colour
While having a capsule wardrobe filled with neutral coloured pieces is a great base, wearing blacks, greys, and creams from head to toe can make you look older. Add some colour, specifically in your tops. Think: a bright red knit with jeans, an olive green puffer coat, or a brightly coloured scarf to make you look younger and fresh faced. Also make sure to have a few colourful dresses in your wardrobe for work and special occasions.
5. All About Denim
There are certain denim styles that tend to age you. Right now, that style is skinny jeans. While they make come back at some point, right now wearing skinny jeans is a sign you’re stuck in the past. Opt for straight, flare, or wide leg jeans, whatever suits your body type best. Again, focus on fit. A medium to high rise waist will define your midsection, while a flare will elongate your legs. The better the fit, the younger you’ll look.
6. Skip Oversized Prints
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do a print. While prints are almost always on trend (whether it’s floral, animal, or plaid), oversized prints can look cheap and tacky. The bold print can also emphasize areas such as your stomach, chest, and hips. If you’re going to do a print, opt for a smaller, sophisticated print. It will make you look much more on trend.
7. Steer Clear of Long Tops
Longer tunics and button down shirts can draw the eye down to the hips and are overall less flattering. Look for shorter blouses and button downs with body skimming silhouettes that hit just below the waist. This will give your look a more youthful feel and will better compliment your body.
8. Opt for Tasteful Accessories
While it’s great to accessorize, make sure not to go overboard with tacky statement necklaces, monogrammed designer belts, and neon handbags. It’s okay to go bold with accessories, just make sure they’re tasteful and sophisticated. A bold gold chain necklace will give you a more put together, youthful look than a colourful, chunky statement necklace. A simple chic belt, sunglasses, and hat can also do a lot for an outfit!
9. Highlight Your Waist
Accentuating your waist can make you look younger and fitter. Blouses and button ups should nip you in at the waist, and you’ll want to avoid any ruffles, pockets, and other bulky features at the hips, which will create bottom heaviness. High waisted trousers, belts, and tailored jackets can all help highlight your waist area.
10. Choose Quality Pieces
Focus on quality over quantity when it comes to your clothing. Fast fashion pieces wear out quickly and age your outfit. It can also make it look like you’re trying too hard to dress younger. Quality pieces are more expensive, but will last so much longer and look so much better. High quality pieces are made with better materials, are more durable, and are constructed better. It’s much easier to dress younger when you have nice pieces in your closet.
11. Go for Stylish Shoes
Comfort is important when it comes to your shoes, but that doesn’t mean you have to go for the orthopaedic look. Your shoes can play a huge part in making you look younger. Shoes with a bit of a heel tend to feel more youthful, especially when it comes to boots. If you do go for flats, choose stylish selections like pointed toe mules or cute sneakers. You can still prioritize comfort, but make sure style doesn’t fall by the wayside.
If you’ve been wanting to dress to look younger, we hope these tips help guide your fashion choices from here on out!
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