Ten ways to anti-age your wardrobe

From mixing patterns to understanding your colours, Helen Venables reveals the ten ways to anti-age your wardrobe.
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Know your wow colours

Make sure you’re wearing the colours that really suit you, your wow colours. Wearing the wrong colours will make you look tired, run-down and much older. Wearing colours that suit you will mean that your skin looks radiant, bright and therefore younger.

Get to know your style

You may love an outfit on someone else but it might not suit you. Know who you are. If you like a bit of drama think asymmetric patterns and statement dressing to ensure visibility. Classic dressers feel good in elegant, timeless clothes. Know your style personality and you will feel more youthful and energised as you will look more authentic in your clothes.

Nail your combinations

Once you know your palette of colours, creating great colour combinations is simple e.g. summer and autumn palettes create younger looks with colours that blend and harmonise with each other. Try wearing different colours in the plum/amethyst family together for summer and for autumn try moss, olive and lime greens together. Winter and spring palettes look wonderful in high contrast looks from their palettes to create a more youthful appearance. Winters could try adding Chinese blue to standard navy and white and springs could add a youthful splash to their look.

Mix in patterns

Patterns can add interest to an outfit and really flatter different body shapes regardless of your age.  Just be sure you know if you are a floral or graphics person for example.


Paint the town red

Red is the hottest colour of the season and primary red is the only colour that suits everyone. Different seasons also have different reds that suit them in their colour palette such as summer palettes suit cherry and coral red, autumns glow in rust or brick reds, winters shine in scarlet and carmine, and springs look gorgeous in geranium and poppy red. Team red with a neutral such as grey, navy, black, cream, beige, tan or white dependent on your season to look effortlessly stylish, but remember to choose the right red and neutrals that suit you to really ensure your look makes you look years younger.

Hem it

Wear the right hemline – whether that is a maxi, mid-calf, knee-length or for the lucky few, above the knee.  It can surprisingly make or break an outfit as the wrong hemline can either be inappropriate and unattractive, or drab and frumpy.  Different people suit different hemlines and this is not solely determined by your height but by the rebalancing of the natural proportions of your body.

Back to basics

Bootleg jeans will balance-curvy bodies and if you don’t like your mid-section so much then try slim leg jeans with a low-slung belt.

Focus on your assets

Use confidence to anti-age your wardrobe. Ooze confidence and focus on your best assets by drawing attention to them. If you have a lovely waist, then emphasise that with a beautiful, flattering statement belt. Or if you have lovely long legs then try some skinny jeans to elongate those great legs even more.



Use accessories to make a statement in your outfit – try a scarf or a bright coloured clutch bag in this season’s on-trend bright red or one of your wow colours. This will make all the difference between a drab outfit and a sensational one. Buy jewellery that has several of your wow colours in the piece to add a really exciting focal point to your look.

Don’t just follow the trend

Unflattering trends won’t do you any favours. Aim for sensational and stylish instead. Look good to feel good. Revitalise and revalue yourself through colour and style.

For further advice, visit House of Colour

Last modified: January 8, 2021

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