If you are a young adult and you are always mistaken for a teen, knowing some great ways to appear older can help you out. Although youth is fleeting and we must enjoy it while it lasts, sometimes it’s really annoying to be mistaken for a 17 year old when you are actually 22. Check out some of the best ways to appear more mature!
1. Change your hairstyle
If you’ve had the same cut since high school, why not change it? Opt for something classy, but not trendy, since trends fade out much faster. For hair color, try to stick with something more mature and conservative. Keep in mind that black hair with blonde highlights is for expressive young teens, not an adult woman who wants to be taken seriously in the business world!
2. Take your wardrobe into consideration
Do you usually wear t-shirts and jeans? While there’s nothing wrong with it, it can help you appear much younger. Opt for more mature clothes. Again, go for classy and timeless, not trendy. You can take an older friend or relative along whose style you admire. She may help you choose age-appropriate clothing.
3. Wear a more mature shoe
Do you mostly wear sneakers or flip-flops? These shoes are great on a regular day, but they do not do much to help you appear more mature. Opt for a more mature shoe, like a cute pair of boots or flats, a heel or a wedge if you are up to it. These shoes can help you appear older as well as more fashion-forward!
4. Behave in a more mature manner
Even if you change your hairstyle, clothes and shoes you won’t appear more mature if you are a constant hyper and loud mess. No wonder that people perceive you as a teen. Refrain from that childish behavior and start behaving as an adult.
5. Pay attention to your makeup
Just because everyone often mistakes you for a 16 year old doesn’t mean you have to wear more makeup! Piling on the makeup can actually have the opposite effect that you’re seeking. Opt for neutral and natural colors, and stay away from glitter and sparkle. Wear matte eyeshadows and blushes, and a shiny lipstick.
6. Develop good posture
If you are always mistaken for a teen you also need to develop good posture that indicates confidence and help you appear more graceful and even taller. Many teens slump over out of habit and sometimes this habit follows us into adulthood. So practice good posture to appear more mature!
7. Have good manners
Displaying good manners is one of the best ways to appear older. Don’t talk too loudly or too much all the time and try not to use too much swear words. If you want to improve your vocabulary, try to learn some new and bigger words, and make sure you use them in the appropriate form. Moreover, avoid slang talk, speak clearly and enunciate your words properly.
Whether you’re in a work environment or just attending school all week, these easy ways will definitely help you appear more mature. Even if you are a stay-at-home-mother, try these tips and watch how people stop mistaking you for a teen! Please tell me, have you ever been mistaken for a teen? Do you know any other ways to appear older?