impossible to find clothing in your mid 20's

posted 1 year ago in 20 Something
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Busy bee

you are not the only one! I went searching for some warm winter clothes this past weekend and only bought some underware that was 7 for $28, great that will really keep me warm! haha

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Busy bee

@Stace126:  LOL. I completely agree with you! I normally shop in Juniors and just pick things that are more conservative/less revealing. I can never find anything in the Misses sections

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Busy bee
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  • 1 year ago

Me me! I have completely lost my “fit” in the fashion world.  I gained alot of weight since having my kids, and seriously have boycotted buying clothes until I lose weight.  Except this has been going on for 3 years, so I cave and buy “for now” clothes. I dont even know whats in style anymore.

Im not sure what style I would like now…I used to like dress pants, and sweaters and blouses.  Then in college I went on to “comfy clothes”, not liking that anymore. UGH

I bought the first shirt I have seriously LOVED in like 4 years, for a wedding a month ago.  It is from a store called “Le Chateau” which I am not sure if they have in the US.  They have beautiful clothes, but are very expensive for every day clothes.  The shirt was $100 but on sale for $50 which I dont even remember the last time I paid that for any piece of clothing.

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Buzzing bee

My girlfriends and I just had a conversation about this the other day. I really feel like clothing companies don’t want to make clothing for people our age. Or if they do want to make clothing for people our age, it’s crazy expensive. Sorry but I am not spending $30 on a t shirt. 

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Buzzing bee

@Stace126:  I LOVE Maurice’s, even though they are pricey. I will be shopping there for a long time. Have you signed up for their email? I only shop when I know there is a good sale. And if you have their store card, they send you coupons in the mail. (You may already know all of this, but I just wanted to let you know if you didn’t). I went there on Sunday and got some new stuff and saved over $70 between sales and a coupon I had.

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Bumble bee

You are NOT the only one. In the last year or so I’ve found that shopping has become more of a chore than anything. I’ve always been a “jeans and t-shirt or hoodie” kind of girl, which my FI loves. Part of me wants to dress nicer, though. However, every time I go shopping, I can’t find anything I like. I’m still resorting to my jeans and t-shirts. =( I won’t even attempt to shop in misses. I’m a small size and nothing seems to fit me there, but the Juniors section isn’t appealing anymore, either. We need something in between the two!

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Busy bee

Urggghhh I feel the same (27) and I hate clothese shopping. Neither do I want to look like a prostitue or my Gran, why is there no middle ground. I was looking for a nice dress for my works Xmas do and found a nice dress, problem was it was SOOOOOO short, I am 5’7 so not super model proportions by an means! …. needless to say I don’t have many nice going out clothes and for weddings tend to opt for 50′s style dresses that actually make me look like a lady and not like I should be standing on a street corner!!!! I feel your pain!!!

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Buzzing bee

Hmmm…what about Bloomingdales/Nordstrom/J Crew? I was just shopping the other day and picked out some really cute outfits and a new MJ handbag at Bloomies that were totally age appropriate (I’m 26). Let me know if you need a coupon code, I get their 20%-30% friends and family discount all the time and they give you reward points to shop there!

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Bumble Beekeeper

@Stace126:  What about GAP? They have great sales, decent prices overall, and it’s not too young or too old.

I’d give you more suggestions, but I live in Canada so that probably won’t help. We have a couple stores – Ricki’s and Jacob that cater to the 20s-30s workplace crowd. I get most of the clothes from them.

I admit I have trouble finding some stuff. Jeans for example. I just can’t do skinny jeans, and then I feel frumpy in a lot of other styles out there now. I miss the days where bootcut was the most in vogue!

You just have to keep looking I guess. Banana Republic has some nice clothes, but is a bit more expensive. These days I just buy a lot of v-necks – they’re very flattering on me and go nicely under a blazer for work.

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Bumble bee

I sometimes feel that way, but it has to do with what’s in fashion at the time. I feel like right now, all the stores have a lot of boxy minidresses, trapeze silhouettes, and generally stuff that manages to look simultaneously frumpy and slutty on me at the same time. Ugh.

I have the most success shopping at Nordstrom, The Limited, Banana Republic, NY and Co., LOFT, and Anthropologie. I stalk the sales until I find good pieces in my price range, but luckily it’s been easy to resist shopping this season.

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Buzzing bee

OMG YES. Story of my life.

I have to buy all my clothes online and pray they fit, because my legs are too long for the jeans/pants in store (seriously, 33″ inseam is tall?! I need 36″!) and the junior shirts are all either too short in the torso or are shaped liked potato sacks and covered in sequins.

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Helper bee

I’m 27, and I love clothes at my age!!

I love Zara, J crew, Jacob (Canadian), and sometimes Winners (Canadian Marshall’s). I shop their sales, and find better quality clothes that aren’t as flashy as the prostitot clothes out there. I find the big difference is that I know my body so much better, what looks good on me, getting a better understanding of better fabrics, and how clothes should fit.

Gotta say, I love shopping now probably even better than I ever did!

Get out there, and start shopping ; )

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Buzzing bee

Yeah, I haven’t experienced this. I shop at J.Crew, Banana, Target, Old Navy, Anthropologie. I have fit issues, being 5’1″, but I jsut get pants altered and have to be careful with certain cuts- since altering can often lose shape. I have seasonal jeans, cheap stuff, and really nice designer jeans that don’t have an age range- Paige, Joe’s, etc.

ETA: I think I haven’t really experienced this because growing up when we’d go shopping I would rarely get clothes that were “in”, my mom would only really buy more classic things that I could wear over time and maybe a few trendy “in” items. So even now, I tend to just buy classic stuff that I can wear for multiple seasons.

I will say that when I was in high school I’d shop at AE and I went in there the other week and felt like I was hit in the face by my age. Although they do have some cute cheap jeans!

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