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5 Style Mistakes Make You Look Older

Want to keep people guessing about your real age for years to come? Start by avoiding these common style mistakes and beauty blunders.Believe it or not, the bra you wear can instantly make you look taller, thinner, and younger—or not, says Karen Phillips, account development team lead.

You’re a fan of chunky jewellery

While big, chunky pieces can give off a bohemian look, they also become outdated quickly. For a younger vibe, Phillips recommends reaching for simple cuff bracelets, thin hoop earrings, a tennis bracelet, or thin chain necklaces.

You are a slave to trends

Trends come and go, so if that’s all you’re buying, you’ll soon be left with an outdated closet full of clothes and shoes that make you look behind the times. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t ever buy something trendy, Phillips says. “With so many trends around, I’d ask myself a few questions before investing: Does the item make me happy? How many times a week will I wear this?”

You look like you’re in mourning

Black is chic, slimming, sharp, and sophisticated—and severe, which is not the adjective you want if you’re trying to find the fountain of youth. If you’re not ready to give up your black, try adding a pop of colour to your jewelry or accessories for a fresher, more youthful vibe. Phillips recommends pinks or corals, saying they add a warm glow to all complexions.

Your heels aren’t high enough

“The more casual your shoes, the older you’re going to look, no matter what else you’re wearing,” says Brittany Allen, an Austin-based freelance fashion and accessories designer who’s worked with Betsey Johnson and whose designs have appeared on Project Runway . If you’re still wearing flats or low heels, swap them out for a pointy-toed pump instead, which will both up the sexiness factor on your favourite date-night outfit and help you look sophisticated without crossing the line into matronly. Not a heels person? Go for a pair of pointy-toed or ballet flats instead. Always make sure your shoes are cleaned and polished for a pulled together look.

You sport drugstore-reading glasses

The right pair of glasses can be the ultimate geek-cool accessory, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Look for a pair of cat-eye frames, which are universally flattering and an easy, stylish way to instantly look younger . You don’t even have to splurge: discount stores like Marshalls often carry discounted pairs.