How to Look Chic
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the January 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Dress young, but not teenage young.
It's fine to shop for fun accessories and costume jewelry at stores like Forever 21 and Claire's, but buying clothing from retailers that cater to juniors will only make you look like you're trying too hard to look young. There's a reason the prices are cheaper in the teen department: The fabrics are cheap. And cheap fabrics are never flattering, especially on women over 17. Many of the mistakes that grown women make fall into the category of revealing too much, as in baring your midriff (unless you're at the beach). It doesn't matter if you have six-pack abs or paid six figures for a tummy tuck, keep it hidden—it's not cute.
Styles you should avoid
Excerpted from How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better by Charla Krupp. Copyright © 2008 by Charla Krupp and the Stonesong Press, LLC. Published with permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.