Accessory Mistakes that are making You Look Older

We all know accessories can make or break an outfit. The right accessory can add that extra pop of color or texture you need to pull an outfit together, and the wrong one can make even the most perfect clothing combination look haphazard. That’s not the worst thing the wrong accessories can do, though. They can actually make you look older — and that’s not what any woman is going for when she gets dressed in the morning.

To help keep you from ruining your look and your confidence, I talked to a few experts in the fashion world to find out how you can stay fashion-forward without aging forward at the same time.

“As I always say, the best fashion items are ageless and timeless,” said stylist and fashion consultant Tracy Clifford. “There are certain accessories that may catch our eye each season, but that does not mean they are right for us. I think as women age it is best to avoid overly trendy accessories that can appear like they are trying too hard.”

Keep reading to find out exactly what mistakes you might be making — and what items should be removed from your closet immediately.

Heavy Earrings

You’re probably expecting a few body parts to start sagging once you hit a certain age, but you may not expect it to happen to your ears. We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news — but it’s probably going to happen. Loss of collagen and elasticity can cause skin all over your body to start sagging as you age, and those pretty lobes of yours are not immune. That’s something you may want to take into consideration when you choose your next pair of earrings. Big, heavy ones will only make that problem more obvious by pulling them down.

Stylist Shaunya Hartley agrees: “Earlobes are notorious for showing your age. Very heavy earrings can pull on lobes as well as draw attention to the neck.”

Jewelry Sets

Turns out, it is possible to be too matched. It definitely used to be a thing (remember that matched jewelry set you wore to prom?), but those days are over — at least for those of us that are no longer in our college days.

“Avoid jewelry sets where the necklace matches exactly with the earrings (or other jewelry item). Under 40, this can appear as a ‘throw back’ reference to the ’80s and ’90s when this was at it’s peak. After 40, it looks incredibly dated,” said stylist Diana Melencio of QUINN Style. “Instead, mix metals! It’s modern, on-trend, and shows that you’re current.”

The Wrong Metals

According to Dina Scherer, an image and wardrobe stylist and personal shopper in New York City, choosing the wrong metal tones can be a major offense.

“Gold versus silver, while a personal choice, feeds into whether you have a warm or cool undertone. If you choose the opposite of what you have, the jewelry can add years — and sometimes even dark circles and skin unevenness,” she explained.

Not sure which kind of complexion you have? This handy how-to can help you figure it out. Ladies with cool tones should opt for silver, while those with warmer complexions look better in gold.


Don’t worry, you don’t have to pack away grandma’s brooch collection — but you might have to change the way you wear it.

“A woman with a brooch on her lapel will appear old-fashioned,” said stylist and fashion consultant Tracy Clifford. Instead, she recommends you use that gorgeous piece of jewelry to fasten your cardigan. You’ll still get to put it on display, but in a trendy, less grandmotherly way.

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens may have been the “it” shoe when you were in high school, but that doesn’t mean you should strut your stuff in a pair today. Some styles should just stay in your past, and stylist and fashion consultant Tracy Clifford says this is one of them.

“If you are familiar with Dr. Martens, you are too old to wear them. Now, If you are willing to spring for the Louis Vuitton version, have at it!” she said.

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