It’s an odd thing, but for much of our youth we want to look older. Yet if you ask someone in their twenties or thirties, they are usually dying to look young again. I’m not innocent of this. I’ve spent some time trying to look a bit older than I really am, not always with success, but occasionally I’ll feel a bit more glamorous or elegant than my years might actually allow.
Dress in a Classic Style
If you’re shopping in the wilder section of Juniors thinking you’re going to look older by dressing for the clubs, you’re starting off on the wrong foot. Models might show a lot of skin, but in reality older teens and young women aren’t showing off every inch of skin they dare, they are dressed in classier styles. Black pants in a tailored, not skin-tight, fit paired with an elegant top are classic. Likewise, the little black dress with stilettos – not chunky or combat boots or the like will scream sophistication. Even if you are dressing for a wild or not-so-wild night out, opt for sophisticated not skin-tight.
Opt for a Grown-up Hair-do
Want to look older? Try a different hairstyle. Long hair is lovely on women well into their thirties or even forties if it has a shape and a style. Get a haircut that gives you long layers and bangs. If you’re ready for a dramatic change, find a short and sassy hairstyle that makes you look young and chic. Having short hair makes you look older, actually, as if you’re more ready for the work-place than the pony-tails and long shapeless hair most of us sport in high school.
Try Less for Style
Younger girls try hard to look older. Some older girls try hard to look younger. But those women who are comfortable with themselves and their styles are confident and that comes across as timeless. If you want to wear jeans and a shirt, do it. Try to make it a bit funkier with grown-up accessories such as a big bag, not a funky metal lunchbox. Likewise, if you want to be casual, do it, but look for shoes and accessories you’d see on older women, not the flip-flops and hair clips of your friends. Being comfortable in your own skin can make younger girls seem older and older women seem younger if they are well groomed and stylish at the same time.
Go Easy on the Make-up
Looking overly made-up can make you look a bit more silly than glamorous. Opt for a natural, classic look with your make-up no matter what the occasion. A slightly darker lip gloss or stain can make your lips redder which creates an older feel to your make-up. A light layer of foundation can smooth things out as well creating more of a blank slate than just your powder might. Be careful not to cake the make-up and concealer on, however. Your make-up should blend naturally into your face, not stand out on its own.