feb 18

Do you ever wonder if people think you’re older than you really are? While some pieces in your wardrobe may be outstanding, other items have the word “matronly” written all over them. Let’s find where these culprits live and get them out of your wardrobe with these 7 tips to look younger instantly!

1.  Update your Staples

When fit is on your side, you will be looking fabulous no matter your age. An easy way to shed some matronly years is to update your t-shirts. Trade in the too short tees, the been-through-the-dryer-too-many-times tees, and the low quality cotton ones. Swap those culprits for t-shirts that are longer, are made from a finer knit, and have a smooth, dressier finish. Updating this basic staple will instantly modernize and refresh your wardrobe.

2.  Add Some Details

You may be adding years to your image by playing it safe with a conservative, too plain look. You want others to find you interesting, right? A sure way to do that is to make your outfit interesting. So steer clear of a too predictable conservative outfit like an ivory sweater set, black trousers, sensible black shoes with a matching handbag.

Try adding some age-defying accessories to create more definition to your look such as a colorful printed scarf. Adding a signature-draping necklace or cinching your waistline with an interesting detailed belt will break up the simplicity of an outfit.

3.  Play with Color

If you’re wearing a neutral-colored cardigan, wear a bold-colored blouse underneath or bust out and wear a leopard print cardigan over a neutral-colored blouse. Other places to add color can be in gloves, brooches, or purses. If you’re not keen on color, go for texture. Underneath a clean lined blazer, add a blouse with ruffles. Check out some pleating details in dress shirts or skirts.

4.  Do not EVER wear these jeans

There are jeans out on the racks (and maybe in your closet) that could be making you look matronly. If you possess “toddler jeans” (jeans that lack jean details and pull up) then immediately update to a normal jean style. No jean should have an elastic waistband. If your jeans do not have belt loops, a zipper, or front pockets, they’re imposters. A great pair of jeans is a perfect way to add more youthfulness to your wardrobe. Try many pairs and styles on and find ones that compliment your shape. Try some of these brands: Not Your Daughters Jeans, Christopher Blue, Jag, and CJ by Cookie Johnson.

5.  Shoes: Fashionable and Comfortable

Look down at your feet. Are they getting the attention they deserve? Have you spoiled them with tennis shoes or clogs? There are more solutions out there. Shoe designers have gotten keen on the idea that we don’t love walking in heels or stiff dress shoes all day. They’ve put design efforts into creating flats, heels and boots that feel nearly as comfy as sneakers while adding fashion details. Try some of these vendors: Sofft, ECCO, Cole-Haan, Re-Mix Vintage, Aquatalia, Paul Green, Dansko.

6.  Banning the Granny-anything

Maybe someone in your life calls you grandma but nothing in your wardrobe should say “granny.” Watch out for a shapeless, long floral print dress. This offender will add at least a decade to your image. 

Granny panty-lines are a no-no. Full brief underwear is okay unless the lines are visible on the outside of your clothing. To avoid this, try seamless underwear or be brave and try some thongs.

Any sweater that could be mistaken for a quilt or an afghan is too close to being a granny sweater. Remove it from your closet immediately and replace it with a finer knit sweater, which will look more elegant and refined.

7.  Choose your words carefully.

We all want to drink from the fountain of youth, but until we find that miracle water, pay attention to what we can do to look great at any age. This is paying attention to what you want your outfit to say about yourself. Instead of matronly, blaze, or tired we want to be described with more attractive adjectives such as modern, chic, sophisticated, and stylish.

If you need help finding your inner style adjectives and making them blossom through your personal style, check out my e-book:  Modern Chic Wardrobe:  The Ultimate Guide to an Organized Zen Closet.

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