A Stylist Told Us the Fashion Items That Can Age You


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As you know, there's a lot that we can't control about aging, but along with how you treat your skin and what you put into your body, one thing you undoubtedly can control is what you wear. While clothing is a bit more under the radar than other "aging" things related to health, diet, and beauty, we think it's of equal importance and actually can lead to even more instant results.

One of the first professions we think of when it comes to experts in pieces that make you look older is a stylist. Stylists have to consider what will best suit their clients of all different ages, and it's undoubtedly a priority of theirs to make their clients look their age. That's why we consulted celebrity stylist Anita Patrickson for her insight. With always fashionable clients like Olivia Culpo, Julianne Hough, and Michelle Rodriguez, Patrickson is clearly an authority on the aging pieces to avoid wearing. So without further ado…

Read on to find out what the six items Patrickson deems aging and shop what to wear instead!

Aging Item: Pussy-Bow Blouses

"I adore these blouses, but unless styled in a 'Gucci-esque' way, they can be very aging. [They're] best on young and funky girls or young women. They can also add volume to anyone wth a bigger bust." — Anita Patrickson

What to Wear Instead: Statement Blouses

Aging Item: Knee-Length Shift Dresses

"Young girls in their 20s shouldn't be wearing these kinds of dresses for the most part. Opt for a fun skirt, belt, and blouse if you need to cover your knees." — Anita Patrickson

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Aging Item: Diamond and Pearl Stud Earrings

"Wearing enormous diamond or pearl studs (real or not) in your 20s and even 30s in your everyday wardrobe can be aging." — Anita Patrickson

What to Wear Instead: Fun Statement Earrings

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Aging Item: Cropped Cardigans

"Opt for a longer boyfriend length or a chunky slouchy option." — Anita Patrickson

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Aging Item: Too Much Makeup and Overstyled Hair

"I know this isn't a fashion piece, but your makeup can be your best accessory, and it's all about clean glory skin. Nothing ages girls more than too much makeup and overstyled hair." — Anita Patrickson

What to Wear Instead: Sleek Hair Accessories

Aging Piece: Sheer Tights

"Opt for fishnets or a fun embellished polka-dot print instead of sheer [tights]." — Anita Patrickson

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Next, find out which piece a supermodel says can make you look older.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.