People, especially women, have a complicated relationship with smiling. When a stranger on the street asks you to smile for them, that’s about the last thing you want to do. Also, we constantly see women who are trying to get rid of their smile lines as they grow older. But the truth is smiling makes you appear younger!
In a study, young, middle-aged, and older individuals inspected thousands of photographs and were asked to guess the age of models with varying facial expressions. As it turns out, happy faces were rated as younger than they really were, while unhappy faces were rated older! Now that alone is reason enough to make you smile!
Over Plucking Your Brows
This world is full of supposed beauty faux pas peppered with no-good reputations and your eyebrows are no exception. They help frame your face and draw attention to your eyes, so keep them well-groomed but don't over-pluck them into thin lines that make them look like they were drawn on your face with a sharpie.
Sure, we've all been guilty of over-plucking our eyebrows at some point in our lives. But besides making you appear older, over-plucking your eyebrows can actually damage and even ruin the hair follicles, which produce and generate hair growth, so plucking your hair all the time only means the brow hair may not grow back. So don't overdo it!
Let’s Brooch It
First of all, there's a fine line between classic and antiquated. A brooch is antiquated and not as classic as might think. Yes, they were considered stylish back in the day, but now it's better to keep your brooches for sentimental value and not wear them.
They might even accrue in value if you keep them in good condition! That being said, using a strategic brooch instead of a safety pin can really upscale a look. So, what we're trying to say is to be mindful of your brooch's design and placement. Instead of wearing them on your lapel like your great aunt used to do, consider using them on your bag or instead of a coat button.
It is a known fact that as women age they tend to carry larger bags. And most of the time they don't really have to. And neither do you! When it comes to handbags and purses, there's a spectrum of different styles, colors, and designs to pick from.
So why use the massive handbag that not only weighs you down but also makes you look like Mary Poppins? Ms. Poppins is a fierce diva but she was also created in the 1930s. You weren't. Smaller clutch bags and purses are trendy now, and if you’re looking for something more utilitarian, tote bags and a neat backpack are also in.
Wait, what? What's the problem with wearing flowers? Well, we aren't saying you need to dispose of anything floral in your closet. Just take a look at your florals and think: do they look like a fun spring getup or do they remind you more of your grandmother's curtains?
Wearing floral everything can make you blend in with the furniture, not to mention it also ages you. If you enjoy your floral clothes, then rather wear tailored pieces that you can pair well with casual items, like denim or a plain white t-shirt. If you’re wondering what other patterns you can wear in place of florals, try a summer dress with a bold tropical print, or try incorporating a geometric pattern that will modernize your look.