8 Non-Aging Style Tricks I Follow in the Winter

Allyson Payer
·4 min read

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.

Trick #1: Wear playful winter accessories.

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.

Shop My Picks:

Urban Outfitters Uo Pom Beanie ($24)

Rag & Bone Classic Wool Scarf ($195)

DG Hill Warm Texting Gloves ($10)

Trick #2: Wear cool sneakers.

I often swap neutral-colored boots out for cool sneakers in the winter, even if my outfit is a bit fancy. I just find that it gives the whole look a bit of youthful edge.

Shop My Picks:

Nike Nike Daybreak Sneaker ($90)

Veja Esplar Suede-Trimmed Leather Sneakers ($120)

New Balance 327 Classic Trainers ($90)

Trick #3: Get thee a hair accessory.

Since barrettes, scrunchies, and headbands are having a moment, I've been fully embracing the trend this winter, and I've found that every hair accessory I've tried takes years off of my look.

Shop My Picks:

Madewell Knotted Covered Headband MEDIA ($22)

Free People Velvet Clips ($16)

Shrimps Satin Bow Scrunchie ($8)

Trick #4: Look for quirky details.

Even the smallest little heart detail or glimpse of animal print makes me look (and even feel) a bit younger. That said, I keep the quirky details to a minimum and make sure the rest of my outfit is nice and polished.

Shop My Picks:

& Other Stories Fuzzy Zip Collar Knit Top ($89)

Miu Miu Miu Miu Eyewear Cat Eye Frame Sunglasses ($370)

Eloquii Pearl Embellished Sweater ($80)

Trick #5: Never underestimate the power of statement earrings.

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.

Shop My Picks:

H&M Rhinestone Earrings ($15)

& Other Stories Rhinestone Pearl Hanging Earrings ($49)

Trick #6: Wear a puffer.

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.

Shop My Picks:

Topshop Rose Pink Padded Puffer Jacket ($95)

ASOS Puffer Jacket in Cappuccino ($72)

Madewell Chevron Colorblock Packable Puffer Jacket ($148)

Trick #7: Avoid wearing all black.

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…

Shop My Picks:

& Other Stories Ribbed Wool Blend Hooded Sweatshirt ($99)

Eloquii Wrap Waist Hatchi Dess ($100)

Trick #8: Pair black tights with short dresses and skirts.

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.)

Shop My Picks:

Mango Textured Gingham Check Miniskirt ($50)

Eloquii Belted Faux Leather Miniskirt ($55)

H&M A-Line Skirt ($25)

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, winter's biggest coat trends for under $150.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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