How Not to Look Old This Spring

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Wear Short Over Long

Playing with proportions is a very current way of thinking, fashion-wise. Try layering a little cardigan or shrunken suit jacket over a longer blouse (which you leave out, never tuck). Express blazer, $49.50;
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Try Long Over Short

Proportion works this way, too. Wear a long, fitted sweater over a shorter skirt or cropped pants. Chicos sweater, $79;
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Layer for Sleeves

Modern, hip dressing is all about layers. Create sleeves by putting a long-sleeve garment under a sleeveless top or sheath. Stella McCartney blouse, $1095; Forever 21 long-sleeve V-neck top, $6.80;
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Opt for Opera-Length Gloves

The look lends a dramatic touch to any traditional coat, and it’s the new length for gloves. ALPO gloves, $167;
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Add Brooches

Add brooches/enamel pins to purses, lapels, or the yoke of a sweater. It’ll give you instant sparkle. Ben-Amun brooch, $170;
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Funk Up Your Jeans

Your daughter has been asking, no, BEGGING you to update your jeans for years, and she’s right. Don’t have a pair of "boyfriend" jeans? Think about getting them. Then, roll them at the cuffs so they hit at about the ankle, and wear with killer heels. Silver jeans, $80;
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Add a Scarf

This trick has worked for French women for eons, and it’s still a fantastic idea. Banana Republic scarf, $59.50;
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Join the Chain Gang

For the most current look, layer a bundle of long chains around your neck (or beads, whatever you like), in varying weights and lengths. Lee Angel necklace, $215;
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Apply Bronzer

Apply bronzer head-to-toe for instant glow. If you don’t have the skin of a 30-year-old (and who does?), the least you can do is fake it. Clarins bronzer, $32.50;
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Try a Tux

Try a fabulous pantsuit for cocktail attire, instead of a dress. The unexpectedness is what makes it so fresh. BCBGMaxazria Blazer, $188;
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Change Your Hair

If you always wear your hair straight, let it go wavy, and if you always wear your hair wavy, blow it out straight. Why? Because change is gooood. Hot Tools curling iron, $49.99;
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Banish Black (for a Night)

Next evening out, wear a bright color-you’ll stand out, look lively, and you may even have more fun because of it. Diane Von Furstenburg dress, $425;
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Make a Statement

The strand of wedding pearls is over-today jewelry is all about big, bold, costume pieces. I’m a huge fan of necklaces because they make a statement and provide a great frame for the face. But you can get the same effect from a cuff, a pair of big earrings or a colorful cocktail ring. Gemma Redux necklace, $382;
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Wear a Thong

Visible panty line makes you look like a hag and ruins any style instantly. Hanky Panky panty, $18;
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Roll Up Your Sleeves

Whether you’re wearing a blazer, a collared shirt or a little jacket, it’s a great, relaxed look, because it’s casual (read: youthful), and it lets your under layer peek out. LOFT blazer, $79.50;
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Have Hoop Dreams

Choose hoop earrings. Big ones. Possibly with faux pavé stones (in clear or a color), and channel your inner J.Lo. Nadri, $98;
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Try Bright Red Lips

I guarantee you’ll get a million compliments before lunch. MAC lipstick, $14;
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Belt It

Big and baggy ages you. Whether you’re wearing a tunic, a long sweater, a sheath dress or even a traditional cardigan, adding a belt will update the look in a jiffy. Good tip: A belt is a fun place to use shine (patent leather, metallic) or a pop of color. Michael Kors belt, $350;
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Mix Prints

For those interested in advanced style, this is it. Within one outfit, mix prints for a bold effect. Best bet; Stick with one color scheme, and make sure the prints are of different sizes (like a small floral shirt in a mélange of blues with a larger-scale plaid in the same color combination). Coat – Tuleh, $1,995 Blouse – Tuleh, $995 Tuleh skirt, $895
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Go Masculine

Experiment with wearing a men’s-inspired watch. Even if you like to wear girly clothing, a touch of something masculine is uber stylish. Michael Kors watch, $250;
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Try Monochromatic Dressing

It’s chic and flattering. Choose your color (even all black) and make it look rich by selecting fabrics with texture for added interest. Helmut Lang dress, $415;
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Embrace Fishnets

They’re the best transitional leg wear (from season to season), hands down, and a great way to keep it funky. HUE tights, $12.50;
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Expose your toes

Wear open-toe shoes all year long. Yes, your grandmother would cringe at the thought, but it’s what all the young girls are doing. Wear opaque tights (black, gray, brown are favorites, but any color could work) with slingbacks or open-toe shoes. Nine West heels, $89;
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Choose a Trend: Floral

Choose one new trend a season and add it to your wardrobe. It can be as big as a coat, as small as a belt, but it’s a sign that you’re with the times. This spring, look for stripes, florals and sheer fabrics. Rebecca Taylor dress, $345;
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Colorful Accessories

Use a pop of color in a shoe or a bag for every day. (Psssst: Wanna look younger? The bag doesn’t have to match the shoes.) Rebecca Minkoff bag, $550;
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Try Sparkle for Day

Why save it for night? A little beading or other embellishment-when paired with quiet fabrics and simple silhouettes-looks chic, fun and youthful. J.Crew top, $138;
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Killer Heels

Heels, heels, heels! Not every day, not for a day when you’ll be on your feet for 10 hours, but some days you should break out of your same old, same old comfort shoe and think about throwing on a pair of great heels (with jeans, with a dress). Michael Antonio heels, $50;
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Bright With Tights

Wear a bright summer dress with opaque tights. Because I said so. Tibi dress, $378;
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Embellished Comfort

Slip on dressy flats for the evening instead of heels. There are lots of beautiful, embellished flats in stores now, at every price point. I especially like this look with pants. Vera Wang Lavender Label flats, $295;
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Wear the New Hue

Get a manicure in a mauve/taupe hue. It’s the nail trend of the new season. Adopt, woman! It’ll add a chic edge to whatever you’re wearing. OPI nail polish, $8.50;




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First Published Fri, 2010-02-19 15:12

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