The Accessory Mistakes that Make You Look Old

Weird Things That Age You & How to Fix Them (Part One)

Are your accessories aging you? They might be. Well, it’s not the accessories themselves that are dating you. It’s the styling mistakes we make with them. So today, in the first installment of the Weird Things That Age You series find out what I think are the top Accessory Mistakes that Make You Look Old

In my years of people watching and over-analysis, I’ve come up with a few ideas about why some people my age or even younger look older than their years.  If I were a true comedian I’d be one of those who do observational humor. So maybe I’m an observational fashion blogger. 

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Ageless Style Linkup

The Ageless Style Linkup is a group of 10 bloggers who once a month, take one style theme and style it in our unique way, proving style has no age limit. And this month, Julia of When the Girls Rule challenged us to show a style we think makes us look older. It was a perfect way to kick off this hilarious and possibly conversation-starting series.


Weird Things that Age Us and Weird Photos to Prove It

I have been wanting to write this series for a very long time. In fact, I took the “before” photos about three years ago but I’ve been sitting on these hilarious images because I wasn’t sure how to use them the best. Think of them as fashion parody because it was the kindest way of getting my point across. I couldn’t have put photos of the actual offenders on the internet without permission. And who would give consent to be a “what not to wear”before” photo? 

This is a funny girl’s guide to looking younger, so feel free to laugh and learn.

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There are so many more aging mistakes in this one photo – STAY TUNED!

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The two main accessories groups we’re talking about today are jewelry and scarves. Pretty hard to mess up, right? Well, unless you’ve come down with a case of “chronic scarf-wearing syndrome”.

Chronic Scarf Wearing

I’m serious, this is one of the very first “you might look old if…” observations I made. If you see someone who wears scarves ALL. THE. TIME. (you know who they are), especially those big blanket scarves, they are either already old or just look it. 

Go on, start looking around and tell me I’m wrong. Are they trying to hide their necks, are they just artsy or are they really cold? We may never know. 
Send them this post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Why Giant Scarves Make Us Look Old

As we get older we may want to cover up that sagging, sun-damaged neck. But our drooping jowls and double chins are already making our necks look shorter. And if we already have a short neck (my hand is raised over here) adding a scarf can make us look like a turtle with our head barely poking out of our shell. It’s even worse if our back is starting to get that dowager hump. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What’s a girl to do?

How to Cure Chronic Scarf-Wearing Syndrome

An open neckline looks much fresher. It’s my opinion to save scarves for actual cold weather and even then, wear them in a way so they don’t bunch up around your neck.

Here, I’ve chosen a crew neck sweater underneath. It’s not my most flattering neckline but it keeps my chest warm and I’m able to wear my scarf a bit more open like a shawl. I could even wear it under a coat like this.

But, if you like to use scarves to add flair to your outfit, consider different ways to wear them that keep the bulk down and away from your neck.

Jewelry Mistakes

In my opinion, we have a few ways jewelry can age us or simply make us look tacky:

Matching Sets – Did your grandma have a matching necklace and earring set? Enough said!

Wearing too Many Rings – My husband once told me (yeah, he’s my source) that he read an article that said people who wore lots of rings were narcissistic. I can’t prove that, but it looks tacky.

Too Many Statement Pieces – This could mean wearing big earrings with big necklaces or wearing a statement necklace over a statement blouse or sweater. 

Wearing the Entire Jewelry Box – You’ve heard the statement, “Get dressed and then take one thing off before you head out the door.” If you can take off one piece of jewelry and it doesn’t make a dent, you might be wearing too much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Scarf || Sweater || Beanie || Earrings (similar) || Jeans

How to Get Jewelry Just Right

Admittedly, accessorizing isn’t my strong suit. In fact, I under accessorize most of the time. But less is more and less usually equates to looking younger; unless we’re talking about going out with fewer clothes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

 Balance and simplicity. If you apply both of these principles to your jewelry, you’re less likely to go wrong.


Balance big with small. If you wear a big statement earring, either skip the necklace or wear something dainty around your neck. 

To look classy and lighter, limit rings to one per hand especially if our hands are showing our age. Keep it simple.

If you’re top has a print or pattern, keep necklaces simple or wear none at all. Wear one bold piece at a time.


Remember this look? If you wear statement earrings you can still wear a necklace, just give them each their space. Long, pendant necklace + statement earrings = COOL!

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Be Inspired By Youth

If you want to know how to look younger, take cues from the young and beautiful ones. I follow several popular young fashion influencers. Their natural youthfulness would allow them to get away with more and still look young, a luxury that has already passed by those of us in midlife. 

But if you’ll take a look, most of them keep the accessories simple. Think about it, the women who are piling on the accessories are usually older to start with. 

I’m not sure why this is. Maybe we feel we have to cover up or deflect from what we feel is a deteriorating appearance, when in fact, the opposite is true. The lighter and simpler we keep our style, the fresher and younger we’ll look. 

I  chose to skip a necklace with the chevron-patterned sweater. The pattern adds detail and neckline covers my decollete’ so no necklace is necessary. 

These are Opinions Not Judgements

Again, I remind you that these are my own opinions and observations and they are not meant to call anyone out. I always say that style is unique to the individual, so if you’re all about the bling, continue to do your thing. But if you wonder why you aren’t looking as young as your more simplistic friend or favorite influencers, try removing one (or ten) of your accessories and see how you feel. 

Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a post. There are so many more weird things that age us in this “before” photos to discuss and there are lots more “before” photos to see. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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21 Comments

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    Excellent observations! I agree with the jewelry one. I’ve found myself gravitating to just earrings or maybe a necklace too but I’ve given up on bracelets. Plus, if the bracelets are a bit tight on a pudgy arm like mine, it makes my arm/wrist look more pudgy. I definitely think the no-scarf look opens up my neck and face but sometimes the pizazz that comes from the scarf (or the warmth) is worth the head drowning in fabric look, me thinks. Happy new year lady!

    • Paula
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      We’ve all got to own our inner old lady Julia. My husband always laughs at my old-ladyness when he looks over in the car and I’m clutching my purse on my lap – the entire ride. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      xx
      Paula

  2. Lise
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    I do agree with all of your opinions ๐Ÿ™‚ Lise

    • Paula
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      Thanks so much for stopping by Lise!

      Hugs,
      Paula

  3. What a fun series, Paula, so glad you’re sharing! I’m a bit sheepish when I admit I love scarves and am no stranger to piling jewelry on, LOL!

    • Paula
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      Thanks for stopping in Kimberly. We all have our “old lady traits”. Mine are granny-panties and holding my purse in my lap when I’m riding in the car. I own them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hugs,
      Paula

  4. You crack me up Paula but you do so while telling the absolute truth and hitting the proverbial nail on the head! Heck yes to the scarf wearing! The over accessorizing too, especially too many rings! Great read my friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Paula
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      Thanks, Kellyann! Everybody has their inner old lady traits, mine are wearing granny-panties and holding my purse on my lap in the car or at the movies. I draw the line at calling my purse a “pocket-book”. My mom totally does that.

      XX
      Paula

  5. What a fun and informative article! I often put on a scarf and then take it right back off. LOL!

    • Paula
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      Thanks Maryanne! I’m the same way. I also can’t stand the rat’s nest a bunched up scarf creates in the back of my hair. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hugs,
      Paula

  6. jodie filogomo
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    OMG…you crack me up. I think you and I need to have a duel about your rules. I think I can prove the exact opposite of what you are saying. But I hear what you are saying…truly I do. Yet I think there’s a way to make it look wonderful. It’s funny because my post was kinda just the opposite…add more because the plain pieces look boring!!!
    XOOX
    Jodie

  7. Kim Hess
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    Oh, man! You crack me up! I always learn something from you, so keep it up!

    • Paula
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      It brings me joy to garner a laugh Kim. I’ve been thinking that we need to catch up again soon. It’s been too long. Hope you’re new year looks bright.

      Hugs,
      Paula

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    Happy New Decade!! I always enjoy reading your posts. Over accessorizing does age women as well as some wig styles.

    • Paula
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      Yes Neti, same to you. Hope you’re ready to rock “20’s” like no other decade before it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m so glad you noticed the wig. I had one person on Instagram think the “before” photo was actually how I styled myself back in the day. She said, “Your style has evolved a long way.” Yikes!

      Hugs,
      Paula

  9. HI Paula!
    You did have me laughing! I have a blanket scarf I bought when it was really trending, with beautiful fall colors. I have yet to figure out how to wear it ( tie it) without it looking like it is wearing me! Too big! Anyhow, I always think there is a lot more “draping” going on after a certain age. I love the mention of jewelry too and feel that less is more.
    Great topic!
    Happy New Year!!
    jess xx

    • Paula
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      It tickles me pink when I can insight a giggle. “Draping” is a great word for the aging style syndrome. I think moderation is as good an idea in fashion as it is in our lifestyle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Happy New Year to you too!
      Paula

  10. Steph
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    This is both hilarious and helpful at the same time!! Very good advice

    • Paula
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      I’m glad you think so Steph. Maybe I’m going to earn the title, The Funny Fashionista. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hugs,
      Paula

  11. LOL So funny that you mentioned scarves because that was on my list as well. And thatโ€™s from a chronic scarf wearer {well, before we moved to Louisiana anyway}.

    • Paula
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      I’ll need to pop over and see your list. I must have gotten to your blog before you posted.

      Hugs,
      Paula

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