The Fashion Items That Can Take 10 Years Off Your Age


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When I was growing up, my sister and I were obsessed with anything fashion- and style-related. One day, we decided it was time we took our mom shopping to give her a "makeover". We wanted to totally transform her personal style for the better (because as teenagers, we thought we knew so much more than she did about fashion). Ultimately, she allowed us to help her pick out a few key items that would update her everyday outfits: well-fitting jeans in a more current shape, a few blouses that offered pops of color, and seriously stylish shoes. I'll admit that I thought her new wardrobe made her appear years younger than her actual age.

I now realize that "dressing for your age" is no hard-and-fast rule—you'll always look your best wearing whichever clothes you feel good in. But the reason my mom's new wardrobe made her look younger in my eyes is that there are actual fashion items that can do the trick. It turns out that the teenager in me who gave my mom a "makeover" was shopping according to the items that Hollywood wardrobe stylist Anita Patrickson says can "really help freshen things up".

"Making sure things fit beautifully is a surefire way to help anyone look their best," Patrickson shared with me. She also pointed out that, "Most people own a bunch of these items already, so it's about piecing them together carefully and having fun. We all get so scared of making a 'fashion faux pas' that we forget the number one rule: to enjoy ourselves and take a few risks. Above all else, that is what truly keeps outfits looking young and fresh. Even something as easy as jeans and a white tee can be a 'moment'."

Overall, Patrickson highlighted five fashion items that do the trick, no matter what. From the accessories to carry to the jean shape to look for, the following pieces are must-haves that anyone of any age is almost guaranteed to look their best in.


1. Mismatched Accessories
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2. An on-trend pair of jeans
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3. Statement Earrings
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4. Fabulous Shoes
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5. A well-fitting jumpsuit
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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.