Clothing or accessories that are obviously from another time and place will speak volumes about the wearer. Diane Pollack, a wardrobe consultant and personal stylist in NYC, tells me, "The worst styling offense that ages someone is when the clothing looks like you could put a specific era on it and that is not a current era. For instance, a collar, sleeve, or pant shape that has not been around for a while." She continues, "I don't believe that everyone wants to be the trendiest person around. But when a piece of clothing looks like a relic, the person wearing it will, too."
Scherer concurs, noting that while fashion does like to recycle ideas, "dressing like the '80s or '90s can be fun for a party, but being attached to a trend from your youth can look tired and disconnected and therefore can make one age themselves." Instead, select "clean and classic styles that don't become irrelevant with time, and whenever experimenting with a trend, do it in moderation."