How to Look Younger with Just What You’re Wearing Now

How to Look Younger with Just What You’re Wearing Now

One of the best feelings in the world is when people guess ten years off your real age. There’s nothing wrong with aging but it’s always fun to keep everyone guessing your actual date of birth.

So we’ve gathered our stylists’ top 7 easy fashion tricks that would take 5 years off your current look so you can look younger with just your style.

Go for a Pop of C­­­­olor

Yes, all-black outfits are easy. But the dark colors can draw attentions to imperfections and give an older vibe. Dull-colors such as black, gray and beige should not be the main attraction. One should just wear one item of these colors in one time. Or you could match dark colors with just a piece of bright colored clothing. A pop of color can go a long way in giving you a youthful vibe that can make you stand out from the crowd.

Experiment with Prints

Take note of the prints that are on-trend. Florals are timeless but you have to be careful not to choose the old-looking ones. Go for the more vibrant or pastel ones. Geometric patterns, simple stripes, and ginghams. You can even mix and match them together to look more hip and youthful.

When wearing prints remember to avoid matching the exact same pattern on your top and bottoms. Always choose items of clothing that are similar but not identical in tone/material.

Try Keeping It Fit

Still got a nice waistline? Flaunt it by wearing a sheath dress or a fit-and-flare dress, or mix pieces that accentuate your waist. In case you need extra support, body shapers are available.

Show a Bit of Skin

Wear pieces that show a bit of skin, whether it be cutouts, offshoulders, coldshoulders, or slits. We are now at age of encouraging self love so don’t mind those marks and scars. Confidence is key.

Wear Fitted Jeans

We all remember the clown jeans of the ‘90s, where it bulges, oversized and looks like you can store food with it? Newsflash: baggy jeans can make you look frumpy and older than you really are. Don’t ever feel like you need to hide behind baggy clothing. The key is to find the right pair of jeans with a stretchy fabric for that modern look. These jean types of fabric can look flattering on all figures and they are always comfortable.

Keep a Happy Disposition

They say your smile is your best accessory! Not only that, smiling makes anyone look younger. Many senior high profile celebrities revealed that their secret in concealing their age is choosing to be happy and have a worry-free life. Easier said than done, but worth a try to smile at least once a day!

Consult with a Free Personal Stylist

Make use of a free team of personal stylists to bring, match, and show you how to dress like a timeless beauty. They are the experts at creating age-defying outfits that would fit your personality. Skip the traffic and the long mall ques, when you sign up at today to get all your fashion hacks in just one day.

While you can take these tips to reduce how old you look, remember that you should be proud of the experience and years that you’ve achieved. Never try to hide who you really are, live life emphasizing your youthful and positive attitude with a timeless fashion style.

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I’m a fashion pro – the items to ditch from your wardrobe NOW to make you look younger (and black clothes are the worst)

WHEN it comes to looking younger what you wear can make a massive difference.

Choosing the wrong outfit can add years on to your overall appearance if you don't know what you're doing.

5 There are some things that'll add years on to your appearance Credit: YouTube

Luckily, fashion expert Dominique Sachse shared her top tips to looking younger without seeming like you're trying to desperately relive your glory days.

It turns out wearing an all black outfit is one of the worst things you can wear as you age, it might seem chic and slimming in theory, but it's doing you no favours.

The pro explained: "Black can be really harsh against skin tones that get lighter and more ashy as we age and it can accentuate the hollows of the neck and the eyes.

"Ditch the all black from head-to-toe and break up up a little bit with some skin softening neutrals."

Beiges, creams and browns looks just as timeless, but they wont have the same ageing effect.

Of course, you can still wear black, the key is breaking up the black items with lighter ones.

Dominique showed how pairing a black skirt with a white top and beige blazer instantly made her look years younger than the head-to-toe black outfit did.

"It's a black skirt but it's not up against my face," she explained.

Picking the right patterns is also important if you don't want to end up looking like your gran.

"Hard geometric lines can look really strict and ageing as well as the darker colours," Dominique shared.

Stick to "lighter and brighter shades" if you want to wear patterns, and make sure to stick to softer silhouettes to look more youthful.

If you really want to take things up a notch, it's time to ditch the skinny jeans - they served us all well, but the truth is they're making you look years older than you are.

Go for a wider leg jean, or even a cuffed style to update your look.

"Just please, not too many rips or tears so you look like you're competing with your 20-year-old daughter," the pro joked.

Jersey t-shirts are also incredibly ageing according to the fashionista who explained, "everyone loves it because it's comfortable but here's the issue, it tends to stick to lumps and bulges that are poking out."

Instead of your basic round neck t-shirt, go for a light-weight shirt with a few buttons undone to elongate your neck, making you look younger.

"You want to get away thick and you want to get away from chunky because those things will only make you appear bigger and more dated," Dominique explained.

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Fashion for Women Over 60 – Look Fabulous Without Trying to Look Younger

Let’s talk about fashion for women over 60. One of the biggest myths about older women is that we are no longer interested in looking stylish.

There is a big misconception in our culture that women over 60 are invisible, frumpy, and uninterested in sensuality and beauty – that we’re all matronly and sexless and no longer part of the world of fashion, art, and creative life force.

Exploring the Secrets of Fashion for Women Over 60

And yet, so many of the most fashionable people I know are women over 60! Women over 60 are often more fashionable than we used to be when we were younger, because we have better self-confidence and a stronger sense of self – we know how to dress to show who we are.

When it comes to fashion for women over 60 here are a few things to consider:

Embrace Your Age

There was a popular TV show in America (based on a British show of the same name) called What Not to Wear. It was hosted by fashion experts, who, in each episode, did a makeover of a person who was making horrible choices about their personal style and wardrobe.

One of the interesting truths this show revealed about the participants, especially women, is that many women try to dress “younger” than they actually are – but this is a mistake.

When people try to dress in styles that would be more appropriate for someone much younger, they paradoxically make themselves look much older.

If you are wearing short skirts or high heels or gaudy fashions that might work on a woman half your age, chances are you are making yourself look “older” (in a bad way) than you actually are.

If you “dress age appropriately,” it often has the effect of making you look younger – because people are not distracted by age-inappropriate clothing, and instead can appreciate what great shape you’re in, or how healthy your skin is, or what a stylish haircut you have.

Rumors are that the show What Not to Wear is to be revived on TLC. Will you be watching it?

In this video, we look at how to get a creative and casual look after 60.

Go for Classic Looks

One of the advantages of being women over 60 is that “we’ve seen it all” – we’ve been through every kind of fashion fad and short-lived trend imaginable during our lives.

Now that we’re in our 60s (and beyond), we have the simple elegance and freedom that comes from being able to choose the classic styles that truly endure and work for us at any age.

Don’t feel like you have to succumb to the latest fashion trend. After all, most “trends” are designed with younger audiences in mind. If something looks silly to you, feel free to say so.

Read our article where we curated a list of some of the best clothing stores for older women.

You will look more stylish if you focus on technical dressing rather than going for the “total look” that you see in your favorite fashion magazine. This is one of the biggest keys to mastering fashion for women over 60.

There are many ways to convey style and health and status other than clothes – and sometimes you will exude more confidence and class if your clothing choices are more conservative and “classic.”

Here’s a quick fashion for women over 60 tutorial on how to pick the best accessories.

When It Comes to Fashion After 60, Dress the Part

There’s an old saying in the career world, “dress for the job you want.” This means that in the workplace, it helps to dress in a way that commands respect and conveys credibility, so that you will be a natural choice for promotion. But choosing classic styles doesn’t mean you only have to dress conservatively.

When discussing fashion for women over 60, there is a related idea: dress for the role in life that you want to have. Do you consider yourself an adventurous spirit? Do you love to travel? Choose accessories or complementary pieces from other cultures in countries you’ve visited.

If you love outdoor sports and activities, find a way for your wardrobe to reflect these interests – it doesn’t mean your fashion choices have to be “all sports, all the time,” but it’s possible to dress “sporty” while still being stylish.

Look to Icons of Style

One of the great things about being women over 60 today is that we have more fashion role models than ever before. Women over 60 are still too often marginalized and made invisible by the media and by our culture, but there are some prominent women over 60 who are fashion icons.

For example, Tina Turner has been a style icon not only for our generation, and she still looks healthy, beautiful, and fashionable at age 80 (in fact, back in 2013 Tina Turner got remarried – to a man 16 years her junior).

Priscilla Presley (75) is another style icon with a fashion sense worth considering. As a businesswoman and actress, she has retained her health and beauty beyond what most people imagine.

A word of warning: never forget that celebrities are often asked to wear outfits, not because the clothes suit them, but because advertisers and sponsors want to make a statement. So, enjoy watching the “stars,” but always evaluate their outfits by the rules of technical dressing.

Here are a few of the many older women that I find inspiring:

Helen Mirren on a L’Oréal Photo Shoot. Photo: Instagram

Jane Seymour looking as good as ever. Photo: Instagram

Judi Dench at Philomena Premier. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Glamorous and always natural Meryl Streep. Photo: Instagram

Women over 60 are reinventing the world in many ways. We are often embarking on new careers (either in retirement or semi-retirement), we are caring for family members, we are creating new concepts of what it means to be “older adults.”

Part of this reinvention relates to fashion. After all, fashion is a process of constant reinvention – finding ideas that work, recombining them in new ways, updating a classic style with modern touches.

Perhaps soon the fashion industry will start to cater more to women over 60 – after all, fashion is not just for 22-year-old models on fashion show runways. And women over 60 tend to have more disposable income than young people. Does this sound like a business opportunity to anyone?

Fabulous Outfits for Women Over 60

Sandra Roussy, a Sixty and Me fashion and beauty contributor, put together a few outfits that she feels are ideal for women over 60, and I thought I’d share them with you.

Fun Colorful Dresses

Fun printed dresses that are not too loud (and not too boring) are perfect for summer days and long summer nights. Accessorize as much or as little as you want. This refreshing, tea-length, asymmetrical dress from BCBG fits any body type and looks great paired with a cardigan or a short jacket.

Here’s another fun printed dress from Chico’s.

Timeless Black and White

Classic black and white never gets old. A pair of well-fitting black trousers and a white top are a must in every woman’s closet. Accessorize with refined silver jewelry to keep your look monochrome and elegant.

Casual Natural Day

Natural fabrics like cotton, linen, and cashmere feel comfortable and are simply better for the skin. A pair of white linen pants is easy to mix and match with colored or printed tops. A staple in my wardrobe! Love that versatile cashmere wrap.

Blue Mood

We’re never too old to wear denim. Make sure that you choose straight-leg and high waisted jeans for a good fit. For a more put-together look, we can skip the trendy holes and worn-out looks that younger people wear.

Go for the clean, darker shades of jeans because they tend to look better on mature women. Also, look for jeans that specialize in tummy control. Pair them with a white ballerina shoe and a printed top and you’re ready to go.

Night Out

We all need a little black dress in our wardrobe that we can dress up or dress down for every occasion. Choose a dress that is knee-length or mid-calf (tea-length) and is also classic and structured. You can keep your little black dress for years and dress it up with your latest accessories to give it a different look every time.

A Day at The Beach

We are over 60 and should definitely not shy away from the beach or the pool. One-piece swimsuits are excellent for our over 60 bodies (and are making a trendy comeback). Look for swimsuits that provide support and coverage.

Plus, if you’re a tad daring, a long, printed cover-up and a large sun hat are sure to make you feel like a million bucks. Look for sandals that are sturdy and comfortable.

Elegant Day to Night

Jumpsuits are very trendy and are not limited to younger women. This jumpsuit can be dressed down or dressed up to take you from day to night in no time. The cute little silk scarf can be tied around your neck or on your purse handle for a splash of color.

Finally, I’d like to close with a fashion for women over 60 video that Melanie and I recorded. In it, Melanie helps me to get a professional look.

What is your definition of fashion for women over 60? Who is the most fashionable woman you know – whether it’s a celebrity or friend – and what do you like about her sense of style? Let’s have a chat!

Maryan Barbara
Maryan Barbara

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