Although we like to pretend it doesn’t happen to everyone, we all age. And, while society may tell us that eternal youth is what we should desire, age brings a lot of valuable experiences and wisdom. It’s time to stop wishing you were another age and embrace yourself.
But, part of aging means learning how to dress age-appropriately. You may have been the girl rockin’ cropped tanks and low-rise bell bottoms or the dude with dozens of gold chains layered around your neck, but these aren’t looks we can hold on to forever. And, maybe they weren’t even the best looks to go for in the first place.
Here are some ways that aging can affect your style choices and how to deal with it.
Trying to Look Young Actually Makes You Look Older
Many people think that trying to keep up with the young, new styles will keep them looking, well, young and new. But, that’s usually not the case. In fact, trying to make a fashion trend work for you, when it clearly doesn’t, usually ends up making you look older because it seems as though the look you’re going for isn’t authentic.
Finding your own style is really all about authenticity and what speaks to you. So, don’t try to squeeze into those Forever 21 tops you saw in the window as you passed by. Instead, find something that still makes you feel good but looks great on you. You can also try following some of these tips to make you feel younger that don’t involve dressing the part. Everything from eating right to exercising can give you the energy of your younger self.
You Become More Focused on Individuality
Young people tend to be more focused on peer acceptance. They want to be generally liked and admired by the people around them—not just friends, but people in their age bracket that they see out at restaurants, bars, or social gatherings.
But, as we age, this tends to become increasingly less important. Our social settings tend to change with age, placing less importance on this desire to be accepted. Because of that, our style tends to shift toward individuality because we’re more likely to buy clothing that fits our preference rather than items that fit a certain look that we want to give off to others.
Your Clothing Fits Differently
As we age, our bodies all change, no matter how much you may exercise or eat healthily. It’s a natural part of the aging process, and it happens to everyone. However, with these body changes come a change in style because you may not fit into clothing like you once used to.
For some people, this realization is alarming and concerning, but it shouldn’t be. As long as you are taking care of your body and trying to stay healthy, it’s okay for your body to change. You simply need to learn what styles look best on your changing body and how to use that to your advantage.
Lifestyle Changes Affect Style
Most people recognize that different stages of life come with age. These lifestyle changes often impact the type of clothes we wear and the items we keep in our wardrobe.
If you’re in a very professional career sphere, you may have ditched some of your favorite gold chains in favor of more subtle jewelry. There is some science behind this. Psychologically speaking, when you dress a specific way for a specific environment, your outfit acts almost like a costume and helps prepare your brain to play that part, which is why work outfit choices can make you more productive. As you get older and your lifestyle continues to change, find clothing that fits these roles and makes you feel as though you belong there.
Go for More Subtle Accessories
Accessories are a staple part of great fashion, which is why we would never suggest getting rid of your accessories altogether, but it may be time to tone them down as you get older. If you’re the kind of guy who has always loved wearing big, thick gold chains with iced-out pendants, it may be time to pass those down to your children or grandchildren as you get older. That doesn’t mean you need to get rid of your chains—just opt for more subtle accessories.
The same goes for women with big statement necklaces and large hoop earrings. You don’t have to stop wearing any of these things completely, but just consider how these flashy accessories fit into your new, more mature wardrobe.
Don’t Let Go of Your Personal Preferences
That being said, it’s important not to let your age define your wardrobe. You want your fashion choices to be age-appropriate, yes, but you always want your own individuality to shine through. Like we said, if there is some aspect of your style that you hold near and dear to your heart, don’t let it go. But, do take the time to reconsider how this stylistic choice has aged and how you can perhaps work it into your everyday fashion choices without seeming too over-the-top or giving the appearance that you’re trying to stay young.
Stay Fly at Any Age
Just because your style changes as you get older, it doesn’t mean that you need to give up on being stylish altogether. In fact, aging gives us a great opportunity to reinvent ourselves—over and over again. You don’t need to stay the same for the rest of your life. Embrace the things you’ve learned and the experiences you have by honoring yourself and finding a style that makes you look like you.
You don’t have to cut out things you love like gold chains; you may just need to learn a new way to wear your favorite fashion items. Find a wardrobe that goes with your stage in life and get out there and work it.