9 things you could be doing that are ageing you unintentionally 11



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No woman wants to make herself look older than she is, because there’s something wonderful about embracing the age you really are. You can look fabulous at 60 with some tweaks, and without looking like mutton dressed as lamb.

And of course, the key is to always dress in what makes you feel good and not what’s “age-appropriate”!

With all that said, there is no reason to move things along more quickly than necessary – here’s 8 things that could be unintentionally ageing you.

1. Revealing too much

Even if your bum, boobs or legs are in great shape, it can actually age you if you have them out a lot and in a non-tasteful way. A lot of older women like to show their cleavage but it can be overpowering. Try subtle, attractive clothes without the fuller reveal.

2. Wearing too-loose clothing

Clothing that is baggy makes you look shapeless and we all know every woman has an asset to show off such as a tiny waist or great breasts! Ditch oversized tops and tees and wear clothes that fit you for the size you are now. Try a wrap around top for ladies with a tummy, or layers.

3. Being nostalgic about clothes

Many women have a signature piece or heirloom item they don’t ever want to sell and love to wear season after season. This means they could be out of style, dated or ill-fitting. Consider having these pieces tailored so you can continue to wear them with confidence, she suggest. Otherwise, donate or sell them.

4. Using heavy black eye liner

Dark, severe eye liner is not flattering on most women as they age. This is because our eyelashes thin out as we get older. Instead of a black liner, choose a dark brown or grey or forgo it altogether. If you’re trying to compensate for a lack of lashes, consider extensions or just mascara.

5. Wearing an ill-fitting bra

Do away with any bra that makes your back hurt, is pointy or triangular, or gives you four breasts. Around 85 per cent of us are wearing the wrong size, so you should get fitted properly as chances are it’s been a while and you have fluctuated in size. The right bra size can instantly lift and smooth your chest, giving you a flattering silhouette.

6. Twin sets

These matching tops look very cute but can instantly age a woman as they tend to be the same colour. If you like the look of the top underneath a cardigan, go for a modern twist – wear a singlet underneath a colourful blazer.

7. Too much jersey fabric

Knit jersey fabrics are known for being ultra-comfortable and affordable but they can also be clingy. It naturally hugs the body, meaning if you’re not stick thin, it could highlight the wrong areas. A cotton blend would be less clingy, otherwise a crisp shirt.

8. Granny glasses

Avoid the classic stereotype of a granny with big circular reading glasses with the string. Instead embrace colourful, hip plastic frames and leave the delicate wire frames or rimless frames in the past!

9. Your skirt is too long 
You may be getting older but that doesn’t mean your hemline has go further down. The most flattering skirt length for your shape should be slimmest part of the area around your knee, either right above, right below or in the middle. That’s where your hemline should be.

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  1. Don’t wear plain black ,very ageing and boring ,yes for a funeral ,just add a waits scarf — no long hair ,that’s ‘ mutton dressed up as lamb ‘ look ,BUT another to short either ,that’s too severs and ageing also ,lots of bright colours and pastels. Are lovely we need make up but no bright red lipstick ,a soft Coral Color is flattering ,if you need glasses. Rimless ones are the best ,definitely not those awful horn ribbed frames.

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    • Well i wear big red rimmed glasses and red lipstick and all i get is compliments….even in shopping centres so i really think people should work out what looks age appropriate and good without being so restricted by rules things have changed abd we are not old grannys anymore at 64 which i am.

  2. Sorry Grace …beg to differ …I’m 62 …very long hair …only wear grey ..khaki and black …daughters say definitely not mutton dressed as lamb …been told I still look young !!!!!!!

  3. Doesn’t matter if hair is long or short but well cut and maintained is the secret.Too many older women have man style cuts just because they are easy.Don’t have to colour it either as long as it has style.

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    • I keep my hair short because i have kind of half wavy and fly away hair. if i keep it short i can control it better and not have hair that looks like a half made bed after a restless night ….

  4. I thought the advice would be about habits that actually make you older. These are only habits that make you look older. Who cares? If I have a 20 years old signature piece, I’ll wear it, likewise a twinset (if I owned any, which I don’t). I do agree about cleavage though, a very unattractive look.

  5. All need to look at fifty and frumpy they have great ideas, and there is nothing wrong with wearing black, or showing cleavage your not dead you are still beautiful wear what you like and feel good in. Lot of women look good with long hair, have a good cut and style just be the best you can and don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can not wear

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    • Good advice be yourself , wear what you like. Its about your own choices at this time of life .. Go Grey , dye with colours All look good …. Although I am always open to good suggestions…

  6. If you’re happy and you feel confident, then you dress accordingly for you and no one else. Yes, there are some no-nos with colour, cut, cleavage and appropriateness to event, but if it’s you, then do it. Black fir funerals…NEVER!!!

    Good luck everyone and enjoy your life as you are 😊.

  7. Hi Ellen, I agree with you. .I do love my comfy clothes, but, I always try to dress for the occasion.
    If I look good then I feel good, the healthy look is very good for the face. Don’t overdo the make up.
    Wear the hair style that suits your face and smile.dont be grumpy….It works for me at 70 plus.

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