(Closed) I have baby face, everyone thinks I'm way younger than I am! Anyone else?

posted 8 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 32
7550 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

@Irish Terrier:  Exactly! I am 23 now and have occasionally been told I look like I’m 16/17. Who seriously wants to be told like they look like a teenager when they are nearing their mid twenties??

Post # 33
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Ugh, I have the same problem! I get asked all the time what grade I’m in. I finish my Bachelor’s in 7 months. Around prom season, I usually get asked by random people (like hairdressers and nurses) if I’m excited about it. 

I do worry about what my students’ parents will think when I get my own classroom. That’s what makes me the most paranoid. I have this irrational fear that parents are going to complain to the principal that they don’t believe I’m actually certified to teach their kids. 

Wedding dress shopping was pretty annoying too… Every single consultant did an obvious ring check. 

Post # 34
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Jacqui90: I think when I’m in my thirties, and people think I’m in my twenties I’ll be okay with it. As a twenty-four year old though, I certainly don’t appreciate being told that I look like a teenager. 

Post # 35
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014




I’m almost 26 and get carded every time I go to the Liquor store or bar (Legal drinking age here is 19) . One clerk actually asked me to recite my address that was on my drivers license! The picture was actually pretty recent so I asked her if It didn’t look like me, and she said ” You just look way too young for this to be really you” BUT she sold me my wine anyway- how could she not?
I just hand my ID over everytime I go now. I don’t wait for them to ask.

At work, the new patients always ask me If I’m a student or intern and they are shocked when I tell them that I already have a Bachelors degree and that I’m the lead Kinesiologist at the clinic 😛

I’m pretty used to it now. It gets annoying at times, but what I think about is that when I do get older it’ll totally work to my advantage 😛

Post # 36
6397 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Nope, not me. I had people thinking I was in my late teens when I was 12. =/

Post # 37
3146 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m 38 and work at a high school. When in casual Friday clothes, I get mistaken for a student at least once a month. 

Post # 38
1648 posts
Bumble bee

@allinoelle:  I played tennis over the summer with a new group of gals. In the beginning weeks, every practice or match, one of the women would ask me my age, and would be shocked to find out I wasn’t in high school.

I’m 25. I guess it could have been the combination of no makeup and having my hair pulled back?

Post # 39
445 posts
Helper bee

I have the youngest VOICE ever. A couple months ago I answered the home phone, and the man at the other end asked if my “mommy or daddy was home. I need to speak to a grown-up please”. HAHAHA. I’m 23. 

Post # 40
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@allinoelle:  I have this problem. People generally assume I’m 16-19 when I’m actually 27. I’m short and thin with a high pitched voice, so I kinda understand how people make that mistake.

I imagine it will be a good thing eventually, but I haven’t gotten there yet. Right now it’s annoying because I sometimes get the side eye when I talk about my wedding. 

Post # 41
111 posts
Blushing bee

i used to hate being mistaken for being younger than my age… asked just before my junior year of high school if I was going to be in 6th grade the next year and much later was asked if I wanted to order a boutonniere for prom when trying to order flowers for a coworker who had just has surgery, i was at least 27 at the time… that being said, I miss those times now, so very much.  I love to be asked for my ID now.

I was recently an inpatient in the pediatrics ward at the hospital due to a physical traumatic miscarriage (long story) and hardly anyone even blinked an eye… I guess it was one updside to the entire situation.

Post # 42
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’ve dealt with the same thing all my life. I have always just looked way younger than I really am. I’m in my mid-thirties & people are always shocked because they think I’m in my early 20’s. It used to bother me when I was much younger but now I love it & embrace the fact that when I’m 100 I’ll probably only look about 85. Hahaha…

Post # 43
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Glasgowbound:  Sounds like me!!  I’m 36 & I do educational theatre for K-12.  I get stopped at schools & told not to use the adult restroom all the time.  We also get asked after our shows if we’re in high school.  Most people I work with are around 25 or a bit younger, but the little kids always assume I’m the youngest although I think that’s just because I’m the shortest.  I’m 4’11”.

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@allinoelle:  I have always looked young.  I remember being 19 and getting handed a children’s menu.  My Mom asked how old the host thought I was and he said he guessed about 13.  I still get people thinking I’m younger and I did start to appreciate it at about 28.  There’s a big difference between hearing “I thought you were 21” and “I thought you were still in high school”  At my age, 21 feels great to hear, but when I was 21 I did not want to look like I was in high school!!  It also helped me get my job.  As I mentioned earlier, I do educational theatre for kids which means I have to dress up & act like a kid every day.  I would have not gotten that job if I looked the age I actually was when I auditioned! I also think they way I’m dressed makes a difference.  When I’m tired & look like a mess, I don’t tend to get carded.  When I am just in jeans & a t-shird but I’m rested & look decent, that’s when I tend to hear it the most.


Post # 44
1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I used to get it all the time… then I started wearing glasses.
Instant librarian look! It aged me like 10 years hahaha
And now I’ve lost fat in my cheeks, I don’t really get it at all.

Or maybe it’s the weary and exhausted expression I have on my face because of work, the wedding, and life 😛

Post # 45
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m 25, and I get carded at rated R movies all the time (glad to see I’m not the only one)! I’m a high school teacher, so the worst is during open house night when I meet parents. They ask me if I’m a student volunteer and if I know where the teacher is :-/

Post # 46
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@allinoelle:  I’m 24 and people in my group at church (I just started going) sat down with me and told me that although they really liked me, I needed to go to my own aged class (the middle/high school class). I AM OLDER THAN MORE THAN HALF OF THEM. They each told me they thought I was between the ages of 14 and 16. They felt really stupid after that ‘talk’. But I think I felt the stupidest. I’m not sure why, but I did.

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