October 21st, 2008
Q: I’m 22 years old and only 5 feet tall. I also have a very young looking face, so whenever I go out, people ask me how old I am. It’s an odd request, but how can I dress to look older when I go out without trying too hard?
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by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant
A: It’s an odd request, but it’s a valid one. Looking more mature will not only reduce the "how old are you?" questioning, but it’ll also help you to be taken more seriously at work. We have a few quick tricks to add age to your look:
Balance out your Round Face: I’m guessing that the youthfulness in your face comes from a round shape; the rounder your face, the younger your look. To counterbalance the roundness, look for geometric shaped earrings, pointed collars, and more angular clothing.
Wear Structured Clothes: The more structure in your clothes, the more mature the look. I’d recommend building your wardrobe around tailored garments and accessories - double breasted coats, belts, blazers, and other fitted items.
Drape Yourself in Jewel Tones: Bright primary colors are youthful looking, but deeper jewel tones like emerald or turquoise are more refined. Neutral colors will also add to the maturity of your outfits.
Wear Makeup: The key here is to wear makeup that’s not too heavy. Try makeup that’s sophisticated, like a soft smoky eye for evening.
Slip on a Pair of Heels: Since you’re only 5 feet tall, you’ll also benefit from a couple of inches of extra height. Height will help you add years to your look, especially if the shoe is in a sophisticated style.
Last but not least, exude confidence through your posture and smile - act as though you absolutely belong where you are (which you do!). Carriage reflects maturity, and this will take you further than anything you’re wearing.
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