(Closed) impossible to find clothing in your mid 20's

posted 9 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 32
9791 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I like Express and Anne Taylor, and the Loft version, Banana Republic, Limited, etc.  Express does have some clubbin type dresses, but they have some cute things.  Of course, I won’t shop there until they send me their coupons.  If you can go when it’s buy one get one half off or when somethings are on sale and then use a coupon ($30 off $90, etc), it doesn’t end up being too bad. I used to like New York and Company, but I haven’t the past few years.  I swear I think they go through a year or two making cute things and then the next few years it’s mostly hideous. Then cycle again.

We have a Banana Republic outlet store around here with is awesome in my opinion.  I don’t mind Macy’s and Dillards.  It depends on the store though.  The ones where my parents live I really don’t like, but a few of the ones around me are a lot better.

Post # 33
15457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

LOL!  Yup, I’m with you.  I have had no idea how to dress myself in the longest time, and it doesn’t really get any better.  32 now, and I still stuggle with this since I never seem to find anything tht fits right either.  I’ve had the most luck at TJMaxx that just has a huge variety and Express.  I’ve also had a lot of luck recently with INC at Macys.  And by luck, I mean I might find one or two items a season worth buying.  The plus side, is that I dont spend much on clothing.

Post # 34
5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t feel this way at all. I think its mostly about vision and accessorizing. Just because it’s styled “mature” at the store doesn’t mean it will look that way with a pair of jeans and a cool necklace. But yeah, young and sl*tty usually can’t be saved haha.

ETA: I will admit I spend way too much $ on clothes so that may be part of the reason why

Post # 35
11227 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I will admit that I still totally shop in the juniors department. a) I’m small (NOT petite! I’m 5’1″, but have a 33-34″ inseam and long arms) with a bigger bust, so smalls and mediums fit great, whereas womens department xsmalls are usually too big. b) the clothes are cheaper and I can typically find stuff that’s more my style.

I usually shop at Target (juniors tops and then all of womens, although their pants are too big/fit weird), Forever21 for trendy stuff, American Eagle for jeans, Kohl’s, Old Navy (for anything but pants), Banana Republic outlet/sales, and jcrew outlet/sales. Have you checked JC Penney lately? They have some CUTE stuff in their womens department! I dislike that stuff isn’t on sale anymore, but oh well.

Post # 36
10712 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I totally forgot about this but I actually bought a lot of new clothes right before our honeymoon and got everything from JCPenney and Macy’s. I have some amazing summer clothes now… JCP has the best ‘little black dresses’ and most of their clothes are just beautiful! I need to go back to get winter clothes I suppose but I usually try to wait for end of season sales.

Post # 37
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think my problem is that I don’t like spending a lot of money on clothes. . . at the same time, though, I know if you spend more money, you get better quality. Like some other bees said, I can’t warrant spending more than $30 on ONE shirt. I’m all about getting a good deal which isn’t always in my favor.

Post # 38
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I shop at 3 stores:  Express, The Loft, and New York and Company.  I love thier clothes.  When I want something more sassy I go to Express, but most of my clothes are from the Loft. ๐Ÿ™‚

EDIT: I also only shop at these stores when there are sales or I have a good coupon.  NEVER buy anything full price!! There is always a sale on its way!

Post # 39
43 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Stace126:  I completely agree! I went shopping two months ago after not buying clothes for a little over a year, and it was discouraging (again!). I couldn’t find anything that I thought looked normal. And when I did find something that might work, the size or material wouldn’t work. 

Post # 40
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m totally with you. Not only is it hard to find age-appropriate clothing, but so much of the stuff out there is poorly made and of low quality. I’m not going to spend $50 on an acrylic or rayon sweater that will pill and warp after 3 washes. I try to only buy cotton/cashmere/wool blend items because natural fabrics tend to last longer, but they are increasingly hard to find. 


Post # 41
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i am totally with you! i went shopping for jeans the other day and all there are is skinny jeans or mom jeans. so frustrating! old navy and target are my go-to places to shop now-a-days.

Post # 42
6003 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

yes yes yes!!! I gave up ๐Ÿ™ I wear fitted vneck tshirts and nice jeans with boots to work.I dress it up a bit using accessories like scarves, earings, bracelets a blazer or cardigan. we are more casual here anyway but I want to look put together and I can never find anything that I feel age appropriate in. I either feel like im gonna be THAT girl that people think still is trying to be 21 (im 28) or that I am that girl that is dressing way too old for her age. on weekends I have nice outfits because i dont mind cleavage or stuff thats a bit more sexy. But for work>? thats a no go. I also do all my errands in yoga pants and my northface denali jacket and boots. ๐Ÿ™ Fiance loves yoga pants on me lol thank god! since I live in them basically.

^^ true story ๐Ÿ™ I suck.

Post # 43
14045 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I do most of my shopping at Banana Republic – they seem to get the non-slutty, non-old librarian look down pretty well!

Post # 44
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I mostly shop at Express, H&M, Target, and Gap. I try to find really good basic pieces with some interest (buttons, subtle detailing, cool print) and add some accessories. Those are key! I love scarves and necklaces!

Post # 45
3694 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I do pretty well at LOFT and Ann Taylor when they have good sales.  Their stuff is really nice (a little classier, good for work), but pricier.  Talbots even has some nice stuff sometimes, if you sort the cute from the frumpy.  LOFT jeans are the only ones that fit me (or would if I’d lose the 5lbs I gained on our honeymoon).  They have a lot of slutty 17-year-old clothes, but a lot of stuff that works for work and everyday, too.  I will also admit to buying cheap stuff at Old Navy – if it’s just a tshirt I don’t care where it’s from – I only need it to wear under a sweater.  Once in a while I find decent stuff at Macy’s, I just hate shopping there because the one nearest me is separated by brand and totally snobby.  Like… it’s Macy’s, come on. 

Post # 46
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Try White House Black Market


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