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SEP 2014

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32 32 By Mandy Bradley r e a d u s o n l i n e a t w w w . c i t y s o c i a l . c o M Are We Making Ourselves Look Older? The Ever-So-Confusing World of Fashion There are many things that can automatically age us, and we can also look quite ridiculous if we try to dress like an age group that we are no longer a part of. The realization that I'm aging has washed over me in the last year. I've witnessed more changes in my face than I ever have, and as I approach 39, I am fully aware that it will only accelerate. Apparently, living a life full of exercise, healthy foods and sunscreen isn't enough to stave off age. Since the physical aging is inevitable, I know that I need to make a conscious effort to wear clothing, makeup and accessories that are age appropriate, so I don't look too young or too old. Many middle-aged women grapple with this, especially those of us who care about our style and have an interest in fashion. We truly do arrive at an age where we cannot get away with the garments that we used to be able to throw on without a second thought. We can't take as many risks with makeup and most likely need to change our formulas. The hairstyle that made us look amazing in our twenties most likely doesn't work with our more hol- low (or rounder) faces and thinner hair. Clothing that fits us correctly is a must. There are many things that can automatically age us, and we can also look quite ridiculous if we try to dress like an age group that we are no longer a part of. As someone who follows fashion, I see gar- ments and looks that I adore, but my realistic side says that my time has passed on some of them. To save myself from being the "the old lady trying to look 19," I need to be cautious and brutally honest with myself. So what are a few things that we should avoid as we get older? There are so many rules and even more exceptions that it can be very confusing. Older women should avoid clothing with words on it. The exception here is work out gear or a promotional t-shirt, but other than those two cat- egories, why do you need words on your body? This is a rule that most chic women live by. Older women should also avoid skin-tight tops combined with tight or fitted pants. It is time to choose one or the other. Balance it out. If your body is great, you can pull off a good pair of fitted skinny pants or jeans and look stylish, but pair them with a loose blouse or top. Another mistake that older women make is wearing the wrong bra. I see this far too often. As you age, your breast tissue tends to be less full and firm, and a flimsy fabric bra will only make you look saggy and shapeless. There are so many padded bras that give a rounded, "picked up" look, so there is no excuse to allow yourself to look older and saggy. Your d├ęcolletage should also be of concern. Genetics and sun damage will determine if yours is exposable or not. If your skin is crepey, wrinkled and sun spotted, you may want you avoid wearing low-cut tops. However, if this part of your body has held up well, it can be your sexy alternative to the short skirt that you probably should shelve. Many people have an opinion on older women wearing short skirts. Some believe that it is an absolute "don't," and others say if you've got it, flaunt it. I believe that it is more about the condition of your legs and the type of skirt. A short, fitted skirt is most likely not appropriate. If the skirt or dress has a flowing hemline and is perhaps paired with opaque tights, it leaves wiggle room. Just be honest with yourself. Are your legs

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