8 Fashion Mistakes That Instantly Age You

12/17/2013 02:22 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014


Fashion commandments like the age-old "Thou shalt no wear 'mom jeans'" exist for a reason: to help you look and feel your best, balancing style and comfort. But what are the other rules to make sure you're not aging yourself prematurely?

The Golden Girls rocked flowy pastels and busy florals—but that was then, and this is now. It's better and more flattering to look for shapes that veer toward structured rather than flowy, and to use florals as accents. While ladylike pastels and lighter colors are a major spring trend right now, be strategic with how you incorporate them since they can make you look washed out. If you're nervous about color, stick to jewel tones (deep reds, emerald greens, sapphire blues) when it comes to tops – they flatter most skin tones and keep you looking vibrant.

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