Much like wearing ill-fitting clothing, having a bad posture can instantly make you look older. Obviously, as we grow older, our muscles become a little weaker and don’t support us as well as they used to. When your back is straight, and your shoulders are back, you appear healthy, energetic, and elegant.
Luckily, we live in an era where you can buy clothes that help correct your posture, for those who struggle to keep their shoulders back and their spine straight. Exercise and physical therapy to strengthen your back muscles are obviously helpful as well. Get your Pilates membership now!
Those days we all spent laying out in the sun for hours, doing unrepairable damage to our skin just to achieve some semblance of a tan, are over. While we're not suggesting you avoid the sun completely, tanning is simply not as popular as it used to be.
Nowadays, it's all about looking after your skin, which means using SPF sunscreen when outdoors and following a skincare routine. Not to mention, overexposure of the skin to unfiltered UV rays can dehydrate your skin and make it wrinkle and age a lot sooner than you intended. You don't want that to happen, now do you?
Wearing Outdated Trends
Fashion trends come and go, and then they come back again. Think boxy blazers with shoulder pads and high-waisted jeans, which means there is nothing wrong with borrowing from the past. But you begin to date yourself when you wear your old clothes simply because you haven't updated your closet in a few decades, then that ends up looking dowdy rather than vintage.
If you love wearing trends from decades past but feel like they look dated on you, then recycle them and look for more updated versions. Do you still have those bell-bottom trousers? Pair them with a tucked-in, button-down shirt. Maybe you have a knitted cardigan that's back in style; wear it with some sleek jeans.
With this fashion tip, we're not advocating skintight clothing so you can appear more "youthful." Instead, we are suggesting that you wear pieces that are tailored to your natural body shape. Sometimes wearing baggy clothing is fun. A loose summer tunic feels romantic, and a baggy dress or a flowing pair of pants can make you feel artistic.
The real issue comes when you regularly wear pieces that are a few sizes too big. There is quite a disparity between wearing something that is designed to be loose, and wearing something that is quite obviously a few sizes too big!
Big, Poofy Hair
You see the big 80s haircut before you see the woman. She’s styled it so big you can't see anything behind her. Her hairstyle would have been considered fabulous back in the 70s and 80s, but now she looks like she's just stepped out of a time machine.
Teasing, hairspray, and over-styling, really damage your hair, leaving it dull and lifeless. What you really want to be doing is keeping your hair healthy and hydrated. Sure, Dolly Parton has built a sizeable portion of her style on that choice, but A – she uses wigs and extensions, and B – we can't all be Dolly.