As a 34-year-old, I’d be lying if I said that dressing to look a bit more youthful wasn’t something I thought about often… especially in the winter. The bulky layers and dark colors that are so prevalent this time of year tend to be quite aging. When I lived in Los Angeles (from 2009 to 2015), I didn’t have to think much about this subject, but now that I’m a bit older and I live in North Carolina, where it’s surprisingly freezing, I’ve had to develop a skill set to keep my winter wardrobe from inadvertently aging me. The good news is that these “tricks” are subtle. Some are as simple as avoiding certain colors near my face and others are as easy as switching up my shoe selection. Keep scrolling to check out my tricks and to shop pieces I rely on in the winter for their non-aging powers.
Even if you live somewhere that’s less than frigid, you can still work fun, lighthearted accessories into your winter wardrobe. Some of my current favorites are rainbow stripes, berets, and anything shearling.
Sure, you can’t go wrong with studs, but I find that statement earrings bring light and energy to my face. Plus, they’re fun to wear, which is a great non-aging feeling in itself.
There’s a time and a place for a classic wool coat, but if you want to take years off of your look, wear a puffer. Trust me.
There are some days when I just can’t, and it’s all black or bust, but in general, I try to mix in color—both bold and other neutrals. And although I’m not sure I’d survive winter without my trusty black turtlenecks, I’ve found that they’re the thing that ages me the most…
I love a bit of a gamine look in the winter, and there’s no chicer way to get it than with a short dress or skirt. (I find that I can get away with shorter hemlines than usual when I’m wearing black tights.)
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.