The Easiest Way to Smooth the Lines on Your Face

If you type “smooth your wrinkles” into Google, you’ll get page after page of procedures and skin care products that promise to smooth the lines on your face. Everything from face yoga, skin creams, and cosmetic surgery promise miracles with varying costs and downtime. Do they work? Sure, but none of them are fast. The easiest way to smooth lines on your face is by wearing the proper texture and color in your tops.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life showing how textured scarf can smooth the lines on your face


It’s a powerful tool for you to use. Wearing tops, sweaters, jackets, and scarves with a texture similar to your level of wrinkles will smooth the lines on your face. If your face is heavily textured, you’ll be flattered by heavily textured fabric because they provide low contrast and smooth your complexion. The closer that texture is to your face, the stronger the effect so a crew neck or scarf has more effect than a low scoop neck.


Your hair texture also effects how pronounced your wrinkles appear. If you have curly hair it repeats the texture of your skin so is low contrast. When we add layers or texture to our hair it softens the look of the wrinkles on our face. That’s one of the main reasons I stopped wearing a bob. My hair loves that style but my complexion doesn’t.

How do you wear texture without looking bulkier than you want?Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing a textured tunic which helps smooth the look of lines on your face

Look for textured fabric in a lightweight fabric. You don’t need to wear cabled sweaters to add texture. This tunic is thin but heavily textured.


The nap of soft velvet has slight texture but won’t add volume to your shape.Modeling velvet baseball jacket on A Well Styled Life

Tweed and boucle fabrics add texture with very little bulk.jennifer connolly of a well styled life showinh how texture jacket smooths line on face

Avoid shiny fabrics which will add years to your face making your wrinkles appear sharper and more defined.


Opt for colors that have low contrast to your skin tone. The pink and gray above are low contrast to my soft coloring. When I wear black, my wrinkles look more pronounced. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up black anytime soon, but I need to wear heavier eye makeup to balance it or add a textured scarf next to my face.

See also- How To Find Your Personal Contrast Level And Why It Matters

jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life showing how adding a texture scarf near the face smooth line on face

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather wear texture than spend a fortune on a skin cream that might or might not work.

Have you embraced texture?

Thanks for reading, ladies and have a great day.


  1. I also knew this when I was younger to scrunch my hair to give it texture near my long oval face! I also get compliments when I where my textured green colored sweater with many nubs of color throughout. Still believe it’s the sweater but hey maybe it’s the texture near my face! You knew!

  2. Love these ideas and ready to embrace this idea if texture and color near my pale (ish) complexion. Scarves, a few new colorful tops badly needed in my wardrobe!
    Thank you Jennifer!

  3. Love these ideas and ready to embrace this idea if texture and color bear my pale (ish) complexion. Scarves, a few new colorful tops badly needed in my wardrobe!
    Thank you Jennifer!

  4. WOW. Thank you Jennifer! I’m new to reading fashion blogs for 50+ and have been slightly disappointed with the range of items I couldn’t wear, endure sweating, pull off, or tower over in heels…
    Is it my imagination or do many of us have foot problems that could be addressed, perhaps by a blog about stylishly wearing hiking boots / super comfy trainers to a museum, for example. (It’s just about all I can wear with my custom orthotics and make it through a long day.)
    AND I’m thrilled to find advice I’ve not heard before! I wondered if my signature chunky blue and gold stone necklace from Ann Taylor would help with this illusion? Any thoughts on jewelry with regards to this effect?

    1. Welcome Joan. Yes, many of us have foot issues. Athletic shoes are very popular these days and there are some pretty stylish ones around. If your jewelry has lots of texture or pattern it should definitely work!

  5. Boy do I need to wear texture and more texture apparently! Interesting concept. I love texture so I am going to try out your theory!

  6. Kathleen OBrien says:

    this makes total sense – love me some texture next to my face.
    Happy holidays to everyone – and a smile always adds the right interest to your face too!

  7. Wow! I’ve never heard this before. Thanks so much for this tip!

  8. Great advice! Work with what you’ve got. You can do things cosmetically to minimize the winkles, but they will still be with you. Dressing to minimize is an instant facelift and ego lift!

  9. I love this post! Initially, I thought you were going to talk about expensive procedures but instead an easily doable solution. I’m going to be doing a test to see for myself the effect texture has on my appearance.
    I love your new hairstyle. It’s stylish and young looking ( 0but not too young). I recently grew mine out from a wispy pixie. It is now just a touch shorter than your’s, with layers. I like that I can wear it straight (flat iron), gently waved as your’s ( natural), or somewhat curly (scrunch). I think it’s a softer look for my aging face.
    The picture of you in the grey/blue tunic is beautiful! It would be perfect to frame for yourself or as a gift to your children.

    1. I wish I had a little bend in my hair but this cut allows me to get some tousling effect???? I loved that tunic, thanks!

  10. Very interesting. This might explain why I think I look younger in my quilted mustard EF jacket. I figured it was just wishful thinking! LOL.

  11. Hi Jennifer.
    Thank you for this post!
    I have just finished writing about the anti-ageing business and I was so happy to see your take on this topic.
    Fun and genuinely informative.

  12. Very interesting! I’m going to pay closer attention to texture when I dress to see if I notice a difference. Another great way to minimize the appearance of wrinkles… smile!

  13. This is interesting but I won’t give up a hairstyle that works for my face shape/ hair texture to appease my facial lines. I think caring for your skin is a far more valuable investment than jettisoning clothing and purchasing a new wardrobe. Considering all this texture vs colour vs wrinkles seems like a lot of effort and frankly, I work full time and simply don’t have the time or patience for such esoteric ideas. Never the less for those that do this might be quite helpful.

    1. I’m certainly not suggesting women jettison their clothing and purchasing a new wardrobe. That wouldn’t make sense. Happy holidays Allison.

  14. Mollie M. says:

    Great advice Jennifer. I have learned something today. I will remember this from now on. I like wearing black also, but I am going to remember to wear something hunky around my neck. Thanks for this.

  15. Great idea! I love texture, but never thought about it in this way. I agree with you completely about black. It’s great for pants, but much more aging to wear near my face. Thank, Jennifer!

  16. this is FASCINATING! I’ve never heard it, but will put it into the test mode. Thanks!

  17. Holy smokes! Who knew? Thank you once again

  18. Good hydration also helps. I’ve found when my “Madame” (remember the puppet?) creases on either side of my mouth are more pronounced it usually means I haven’t been drinking enough water. Never really gave texture much thought, but I will now.

    1. I need to remind myself to drink lots of water too. I know it’s good for me and my skin always looks smoother when I do.

  19. BeeeBeee Allen says:

    I learned about texture and sheen from the Inside Out Style Blog by Imogen Lamport. I’ve noticed a similar effect with heathered and marled fabrics. A bit of gray or white woven in with the overall color of the fabric is very flattering on me so now many of my tops have that feature.

  20. Leslie Brodbeck says:

    I had not heard this tip about texture before. I am certainly going to look through my wardrobe and maybe even change or add some things.

  21. I learn so much from you! Never knew about texture and wrinkles being connected! But, it’s the brown spots on my face I would like to fade. Any help on that or ideas?

    1. IPL from the dermatologist makes a big improvement on brown spots. You can also use a lotion that has a bit of hydroquinone in it which fades spots over time. I use this one I also put it on the backs of my hands at night and most of my “liver” spots are gone!

  22. Love the blue textured top, Where is that found? Still available?

    1. It’s from Artful Home several years ago and sadly no longer available.

  23. Enjoy your posts. Today was a real Aha moment. Thank you I will be using this information to improve my choices. All the Best to You and Yours.

  24. What a fun concept! I’m embracing this one–thanks for the advice!

  25. Thanks, Jennifer. Great advice that makes total sense. I’m trying to ‘embrace’ aging but I know I can’t erase wrinkles….at least not without spending a fortune which I’m not willing to do. Oh, I’m still going to use my Retinol and moisturizer’s and dress as well as I can within my budget and will most definitely start adding more texture to my clothing!

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