5 Fashion mistakes that age you

Jan 27, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Wearing the wrong clothes can add years to your appearance. To look your best, avoid these fashion mistakes that age you.

Woman choosing clothes


Your handbag, shoes, belt, lipstick and nail polish shouldn't match. The matchy-matchy look was on-trend years ago, but fresh, unique color combinations are more modern and youthful. Boring looks can age you, so be willing to take some fashion risks.

Mom jeans

No matter how much bad press they get, unflattering mom jeans are still being worn by women across the country. Despite what you may think, they don't hide your figure flaws. Instead, they make them more obvious. If you need a little extra help in the tummy area, look for jeans with a built in panel -- like those from Not Your Daughter's Jeans. They slim your midsection, but are still fashionable.

Wrong bra

The wrong bra can allow your breasts to sag and create unsightly bulges and back fat. It's said that up to 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Get a bra fitting at your local lingerie shop or department store. Your clothes will drape better, your chest will get a boost and your posture will improve when you are wearing a properly fitting bra.

Chunky heels

Wedges, stilettos, platforms and kitten heels are all great choices, but thick chunky heels (especially those that are just an inch or two high) are really outdated. If you don't like sky-high heels, just stick with a low wedge. They are comfortable while still being stylish and trendy.

Oversized clothing

Clothes that are too big can add years to your look. Avoid oversized button-down shirts, slouchy cardigans and tunics that fit like a tent. They'll make you look larger and older than you really are. Select clothes that fit, skimming your body -- not clinging or binding.

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