Age-proof your hands

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Three easy ways to up­date your wardrobe for stun­ning style that looks modern and pol­ished, ac­cord­ing to stylist Sa­man­tha Brown: 1. Opt for tai­lored pieces. “Be­sides over­whelm­ing the frame, adding op­ti­cal pounds and eras­ing curves, over­size cloth­ing drags the body down so ar­eas that aren’t sag­ging look like they are!” But tuck­ing a more fit­ted V-neck blouse into fig­ure-hug­ging pants di­rects the eye up and in for a trim and lifted ap­pear­ance.

2. Lighten up and choose mono­chrome. Dark hues are a safe bet when you don’t want to look too trendy, but they back­fire by drain­ing color from the com­plex­ion so you look older. Plus, con­trast­ing col­ors tend to cut the body awk­wardly for a short, boxy look. “A vi­brant but not-too-bold shade like crim­son helps re­store color to skin, and wear­ing the same hue from top to bot­tom cre­ates a sil­hou­ette-slim­ming col­umn.”

3. Add sub­tle de­tails. A blouse with a fringed scarf or pants with a geo­met­ric print add small doses of fun, age-ap­pro­pri­ate flair. GET THE LOOK: Clas­sic Fit Su­per-Stretch Pull-On Di­a­mond Pat­terned Pants in bur­gundy $20, Dress­barn.com; Blouse,

$35, T.J.Maxx stores. Ear­rings, $10, Charm­ingChar­lie.com; Sueded High Heel Pumps for Women, $35, OldNavy.com

“I grav­i­tate to­ward more ma­tronly styles since I feel ‘trendy’ items look in­ap­pro­pri­ate for my age. But I would like to add a lit­tle more pep to my style step” Beachy waves add beau­ti­ful bounce and youth­ful vol­ume to fine locks

Joyce Chao, 63Be­fore

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