Top 5 Fashion Mistakes That Age You

Tina Adams, of Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting, has been writing helpful fashion posts full of do’s and don’ts for StyleBlueprint for the past few years. We always look forward to her strong opinions because they hit the mark time and time again. Chatting casually recently, we asked her about the top 5 fashion mistakes women make that unnecessarily age them. She rattled them off expertly and we said, “Perfect. Now, can you turn that into a post?” We knew you’d want to know, too, if you are over 35 or 40, that is. If you are not, here’s a heads up on what is coming …

 

Tina:

We’ve all done it, gone a little lax on the rules. Worn something we shouldn’t have. It happens. But I’m here to lay down the law so you NEVER commit these fashion crimes that will seriously age you. You’ll thank me … eventually.

Here’s your top 5 list:

1) Wearing clothes that don’t fit.

Either too tight and short (mini-skirts and short-shorts after 35ish, that’s just … eewww) or too loose (sweats, saggy-bottom pants, over-sized tops that are frumpy).

Sloppy dressing makes you look older  because you look like you don't care.  And how many of you still believe that hiding in big clothes makes you look smaller? I promise, it doesn't. via fit to the finish

Sloppy dressing makes you look older because you look like you don’t care. And how many of you still believe that hiding in big clothes makes you look smaller? I promise, it doesn’t. Image via fit to the finish.

2) Wearing an outdated trend or a trend reserved for the younger set.

Sooooo aging. In fact, this faux pas may be the worst one my company sees. Examples of outdated trends you can purge right this minute are: capris (I never miss a chance to throw that one in), long skirts that aren’t maxi skirts (there’s a difference), extreme platforms (not normal platforms), and trends that are too young for you (sorry): graphic t’s (t-shirts with messages on them) and leggings.

Ignore the daughter for a moment.  We're just focusing on the mom, the before and after: from no legs and skirt-as-a-curtain to fabulous legs in boot cut jeans (which are still the most universally flattering cut, not skinnies).  via dailymail

Ignore the daughter for a moment. We’re just focusing on the mom, the before and after: from no legs and skirt-as-a-curtain to fabulous legs in boot cut jeans (which are still the most universally flattering cut, not skinnies). Image via dailymail.

3) Wearing your daughter’s clothes.

Similar to number 2, but let’s get more specific as we all know it when you do it. We can tell your jeans are from the Junior’s department because we can see your undies when you lean over, and rugby shirts and bandage dresses are only cool on teens and tweens (and even that’s debatable).

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This 55 year old mom has no problem sharing her daughters’ clothes. Hmmmm, that could get interesting once a gentleman enters the picture. Just sayin’. Image via abcnews.

4) Wearing ugly shoes.

I didn’t say you have to wear uncomfortable shoes, but ugly shoes are not allowed.

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A shoe with a low vamp (above, right) is leg-lengthening, but an ankle strap (below, right) cuts off the leg and makes the ankles appear larger. That’s the cold hard truth.

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Can you tell which shoe is more flattering?

5) Grouchy or unmoving face

Forgive me on this one for going all therapy on you, but not smiling, getting too much Botox and talking about your age all the time are, in fact, aging.

TODAY anchors showing us that not smiling is both not nice and aging. Double foul.  via news61

TODAY anchors showing us that not smiling is both not nice and aging. Double foul. via news61

And let me say this: people are always worried they’re going to run into me at the grocery store committing one of these crimes, or others I’m known for fighting, like wearing potato shoes, sweatpants or leggings. First of all, I’m almost never at the grocery store, so you don’t have to worry about getting handed a write-up from me! But secondly, you know the grocery store or a casual errand is always where we run into people we haven’t seen in eons. Why not simply rid your closet of all the offenders and only have the ability to grab for what flatters you and makes you feel your best? So, while you may not see me at the grocery store, if that motivates you to reach for your most flattering, then I’m good with that!

 

Thanks, Tina!

Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting has cleaned out closets throughout the South, making both men and women happy with their wardrobes while saving countless dollars and time by ensuring clients never buy anything but perfection, no matter their budget. Tina and her team of wardrobe consultants bring honesty and expertise to each appointment ensuring you always have a closet filled with endless options to wear, all of which reflect your individual personality and flatter your specific body type.

To find comfortable yet attractive shoe options, and so much more, see Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting’s website, click here.

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