Anti-age your wardrobe: Five simple style rules that will help you turn back the clock


Anti-age your wardrobe: Five simple style rules that will help you turn back the clock

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UPDATED:

00:59 GMT, 3 May 2012

BEIGE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL
WRONG

Head-to-toe beige is drab and dull. Choosing the wrong shade can wash you out.

RIGHT

Go for dresses and jackets in camel, beige and cream, and accessorise with colour.

Max & Co dress, 169, fenwick.co.uk

Max & Co dress, 169, fenwick.co.uk

Max & Co dress, 169, fenwick.co.uk. Jacket, 75, fennwrightmanson.com. Belt, 12, missselfridge.com. Shoes, 79, kurtgeiger.com. Bag, 89, johnlewis.com

LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC
WRONG

If you’re not exercising, avoid bright gym gear — it’s never flattering or stylish.

RIGHT

Layer elegant jersey and cashmere casuals for a low-key weekend look.

Cardigan, 129, purecollection.com. Sweater, 47.20, boden.co.uk. Trousers, 25, warehouse.com. Ballet pumps, 82, frenchsole.com. Necklace, 120, stelladot.com. Bag, 40, asos.com

Cardigan, 129, purecollection.com. Sweater, 47.20, boden.co.uk. Trousers, 25, warehouse.com. Ballet pumps, 82, frenchsole.com. Necklace, 120, stelladot.com. Bag, 40, asos.com

Cardigan, 129, purecollection.com. Sweater, 47.20, boden.co.uk. Trousers, 25, warehouse.com. Ballet pumps, 82, frenchsole.com. Necklace, 120, stelladot.com. Bag, 40, asos.com

WORK THOSE ACCESSORIESWRONG

Dressing down doesn’t mean not making an effort. A simple sweater and jeans will look boring if you don’t add any finishing touches.

RIGHT

A stylish clutch bag, statement necklace and heels complete a look and keep you on trend. This season’s metallics are a must.

Necklace, 85, stelladot.com. Yellow jacket, 79.99, and silver shoes, 29.99, zara.com. Breton stripe top, 69, isabellaoliver.com. Navy trousers, 95, whistles.co.uk. Clutch bag, 35, accessorize.com

Necklace, 85, stelladot.com. Yellow jacket, 79.99, and silver shoes, 29.99, zara.com. Breton stripe top, 69, isabellaoliver.com. Navy trousers, 95, whistles.co.uk. Clutch bag, 35, accessorize.com

Necklace, 85, stelladot.com. Yellow jacket, 79.99, and silver shoes, 29.99, zara.com. Breton stripe top, 69,
isabellaoliver.com. Navy trousers, 95, whistles.co.uk. Clutch bag, 35, accessorize.com

SHORTEN THAT HEMLINE (REALLY!)
WRONG

A mid-calf full skirt looks frumpy and will shorten your legs.

RIGHT

A pencil skirt just below the knee will slim your figure and elongate legs.

Jacket, 235, jigsaw-online.com. Skirt, 67, frenchconnection.com. Top, 89, and shoes, 149, reissonline.com

Jacket, 235, jigsaw-online.com. Skirt, 67, frenchconnection.com. Top, 89, and shoes, 149, reissonline.com

Jacket, 235, jigsaw-online.com. Skirt, 67, frenchconnection.com. Top, 89, and shoes, 149, reissonline.com

DON'T BE AFRAID OF A TIGHT FIT

WRONG

Don't hide your shape in baggy clothes – they'll make you look bigger than you really are.

RIGHT

Streamline your silhouette by wearing a fitted skirt and top, then add a skinny belt.

Skirt, 42, monsoon.co.uk. Top, 20, debenhams.com. Belt, 45, and shoes, 139, hobbs.co.uk

Skirt, 42, monsoon.co.uk. Top, 20, debenhams.com. Belt, 45, and shoes, 139, hobbs.co.uk

Skirt, 42, monsoon.co.uk. Top, 20, debenhams.com. Belt, 45, and shoes, 139, hobbs.co.uk

STYLING: ELIZA SCARBOROUGH, HAIR & MAKE-UP: JULIE READ USING KERASTASE AND GUERLAIN,
FASHION ASSISTANT: BARBARA McMILLAN, MODEL: MICHELLE AT CLOSE, PICTURES: L+R