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Time to Shed That Baby Face
Are you trying to find ways to look older? Have you been frantically searching for ways to shed your image as a baby-faced guy? From having a beard to bulking up at the gym, this article will discuss the various techniques guys can use to look a few years older than their age.
Dos and Don'ts for Looking Older (for Men)
- Wear jackets over your shirt or t-shirt.
- Show maturity through your body language.
- Choose button-down shirts over t-shirts.
- Deal with your acne.
- Bulk up by working out—put on some muscle to look older.
- Don't wear tight-fitting shirts or t-shirts.
- Don't wear pants that are too skinny.
- Wear the right hairstyle for you.
- Grow a beard or mustache.
- Speak in a heavy and deep voice.
- Choose aviators over sports sunglasses.
- Wear a nice watch.
- Speak like an older guy—develop your conversational skills.
- Avoid over-the-top clothing and fashion accessories.
1. Wear Jackets Over Your Shirt or T-Shirt.
Jackets are an unbeatable element when it comes to adding a few years to your age. Jackets make your frame appear larger and can add a certain level of style and class to your appearance. This trick will work best for guys who look younger than their real age simply because they are thin.
The right jacket can also make you look older from a maturity perspective. Wear a nice black suit jacket over a button-down shirt with jeans and shoes when you are going to a party. You'll instantly look far more mature than the other guys who walked in wearing t-shirts and sandals.
2. Show Maturity Through Your Body Language.
From attraction and love to maturity and attitude, a guy's body language can speak volumes about his emotions and personality. You can use body language as a passive assertion of your age, especially if you think that having a babyface is making you look younger. Practice some of the following tips to improve the maturity of your body language.
- Stop fidgeting and control involuntary hand or foot movements.
- Stand straight and have a confident posture—stooping while walking or sitting will never let you break out of your shell.
- Don't look down while walking.
- Look at people in the eye when you speak to them.
- Maintain a calm and relaxed demeanor.
3. Choose Button-Down Shirts Over T-Shirts.
If you are really suffering from a lack of confidence because you think that you look much younger than you actually are, try adding some stylish shirts to your wardrobe. Apart from enhancing the maturity of your style, shirts also add volume to your frame.
They don't need to be formal and boring. From trendy flannel shirts that look great over jeans to plain ones with stripes or other designs, a nice shirt can really make your personality pop.
4. Deal With Your Acne.
Acne is typical for teenagers, and for some guys it can continue into their early twenties. If acne is enhancing your baby face, handle it by buying a cream or cleanser to remove and control breakouts.
Follow a regular skin-care routine for a couple of months until your acne is resolved. In some cases, you may need to consult with a dermatologist to get your acne under control.
5. Bulk up by Working Out—Put on Some Muscle to Look Older.
Whether your lack of self-assurance stems from your baby face or the size of your body, one way to look older and increase your confidence is to hit the gym and bulk up. Train hard, complement your training with protein supplements, switch to a healthy diet, and get into a nice lifestyle routine. Bulking up by exercising is not an instant fix, but it is possibly the most permanent one.
Apart from the fact that a muscular body will make you look older, it will also increase your self-esteem. Improving on aspects of your image that you have control over will give you a boost in self-confidence, making you more attractive to others.
6. Don’t Wear Tight-Fitting Shirts or T-Shirts.
Guys who are thin should remember that wearing tight t-shirts or shirts can make them look skinnier and younger. Going to the gym for a couple of months isn't reason enough to walk around wearing the skinniest t-shirts possible to flaunt muscles that may be more imaginary than real.
Wear shirts and tops that are neither too tight nor too loose. Either way can spell disaster if you don't want to highlight your skinny frame.
7. Don’t Wear Pants That Are Too Skinny.
An extremely skinny silhouette of your legs will work against you if you are trying to look older or bulkier. Try wearing jeans that are styled as 'slim fit' instead of skinny.
Skinny jeans can be a risque fashion statement when it comes to guys. They look good on men who have the legs to carry them off, but if skinny jeans make your legs look like a pair of matches, it may be best to avoid wearing them.
8. Wear the Right Hairstyle for You.
Long and unkempt hairstyles look good on a select few. But for guys who have a babyface, this can go horribly wrong.
For example, One Direction's Harry Styles can carry off his unkempt and scruffy hairstyle because he has a large face. Try to imagine Niall Horan with the same hair. It could be a complete disaster, even though Niall is just as cute and handsome as Harry. This example simply highlights how certain hairstyles suit only guys with certain features. Make sure you select a hairstyle that is flattering for your facial structure and style.
Don't wear your hair too short if it doesn't suit you. Short hair can make guys look younger. Try styling your hair in a way that adds volume to your face if you’re worried it looks small.
9. Grow a Beard or Mustache.
One of the easiest ways to look older than your age is to have a beard, mustache, or any other patch of facial hair. It will immediately add at least a couple of years to your face. Even Justin Bieber started growing a mustache to look slightly older.
Don't let your facial hair grow into an unruly beard like the ones that the Duck Dynasty men have. Use a trimmer to trim and style it so you can continue looking older as well as trendier.
10. Speak in a Heavy and Deep Voice.
Guys have been using this trick forever to sound older while talking to girls on the phone. It is undeniable that a heavier and deeper voice can make a teenage guy sound like a twenty-something-year-old.
Let your voice shine out, open up your vocal cords, and don't be meek when you speak to someone. A deep voice can give your personality a complete overhaul.
11. Choose Aviators Over Sports Sunglasses.
The type of sunglasses you wear can have a significant impact on others' perception of your age. If you want to look older, avoid sleek sports sunglasses that wrap around your eyes.
Instead, wear a pair of iconic aviator-style sunglasses. Aviators have an unmatched appeal that makes them look really cool. Pair these glasses with a black faux-leather jacket, denim, and rugged boots to look much older and cooler than you are.
12. Wear a Nice Watch.
Colorful watches with rubber and nylon straps are typically only worn by teenagers. If you want to look older, switch to those with faux-leather or stainless-steel straps.
A watch is a timeless fashion accessory for men. With a diminishing value from a functionality perspective, not all guys like to wear watches today. But those who do certainly portray a mature sense of style.
13. Speak Like an Older Guy—Develop Your Conversational Skills.
The way you converse says a lot about your maturity level. This is why some people often stand out as mature the moment they start talking. You too can have an aura of maturity around your personality by keeping in mind some of the following tips.
- Don't talk too fast.
- Think before speaking.
- Don't be loud in a brash way, but don't be quiet either.
- Be well informed by reading newspapers, magazines, and books so that you can be a good conversationalist.
- Remain calm during arguments.
- Be witty and use intelligent humor.
14. Avoid Over-The-Top Clothing and Fashion Accessories.
Extreme drop-crotch pants, hoodies, and bright shoes may be a fashion statement for rebellious teens, but if you want to look older and ooze maturity, you should ideally tone these choices down.
Don't think that this means the end of your trendy looks and the beginning of wearing boring, adult clothes. Drop-crotch pants and colorful shoes only scratch the surface of the world of fashion. An ocean of trendy choices and stylish clothes lies ahead.
Enjoy the Fact That You Look Young
Right now, you may be insecure about how your baby face is making you look younger. But in a decade or two when you are in your thirties, this will be the same quality which will make you look much more handsome and attractive than other guys.
So hold on tight and cherish this unique quality. Don't stress about the fact that you look like a teenager. Enjoy it because this is going to be an asset that other people will envy you for, later on in life.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Maya on July 08, 2020:
This totally makes sense,also would apply when going for an interview,like how to be taken seriously,has nothing to do with lack of confidence lol,plus there was a disclaimer geez
Derek on July 02, 2018:
Why does this article keep bringing up insecurity and lack of confidence. It's liks you're trying to normalize these things. These things should not be masked, they should be dealt with. Not shown as something to be ok with. If you habe any signs of insecurity or lack of confidence, ask yourself, what is it that i lack confidence in, and how can i gain the appropriate skills to be abls to confidently do that task. You wouldn't drive a car if you werent confident to drive... It's just really weird language, i would get it if the author said "if you are not confident that you look old enough for so and so reason" but it just says if you are not confident. So basically if you're a meek individual who generally lacks confidence, (which this article assumes is it's demograph apparently) you should wear a jacket...
Thats what I got from this
Mark on October 23, 2017:
This is kind of bollocks. Baggy clothing makes men look like they’re wearing clothes that are too big. A jacket can sometimes have this affect, so makes them look younger not older. Also, tighter t shirts or shirts make you look older than baggy t shirts and shirts if you’re an average athletic build like myself. Wearing a jacket makes me look skinny, but if I wear a good fitting shirt it properly shows off my body shape which isn’t skinny.
ben on September 11, 2016:
probably some of the worsts advices that i had ever heard
Carolyn Sands from Hollywood Florida on November 27, 2013:
Hi...nice hub. The pictures of men you posted sure look young. Its funny how life can be sometimes. I bet when the men are about 10 or 15 years older they will wish that they looked younger. LOL.
I enjoyed reading it.