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

posted 7 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 47
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@Purpleblonde:  That is what I was just coming on to say! They have amazing clothes for every age. It is definitely on the more expensive side but it is totally woth it- good quality and classic pieces so you can where them for years. A lot of clothes are business casual and totally appropriate for going from work to dinner to grocery shopping. And if you sign up for their loyalty program you get an insane amount of coupons plus % off every time you shop. I am pretty obsessed 🙂

Post # 48
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m probably rampantly unfashionable (tend to be vintage/quirky) but I’ve never found a problem finding age-appropriate clothing. Perhaps it’s an unexpected quirk of British fashion?

Post # 49
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m in that age group and I generally shop at Nordie’s and Bloomingdales. Occasionally I’ll find something cute at J.Crew. I get my basic tanks at Old Navy and undies at Aerie.

Post # 50
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MissTatas:  OMG I know!!! Its pathetic that I know everyone who works there by name. I call them beforehand and tell them I am coming in they will pull stuff for me to try on, its like getting the royal treatment. You sure don’t get treated like that when you try on things at other stores. I have the same white shirt for 3 years and it still looks brand new. Its true what they say, you get what you pay for!!!!

Post # 51
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The LC Lauren Conrad clothes at Kohls has some pretty nice stuff. I’ve bought a couple of her shirts and dresses and have gotten compliments on them. They aren’t too “old” looking but not too young either.

For jeans, I really love White House Black Market’s selection. They are kind of pricey though, but there is an outlet store near me and I shop there. You can look online at the sale section. A lot of their tops are really cute and not “slutty” or “old” looking either. Again, though, you should wait to get the items when they are on sale.

Post # 52
2868 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Stace126:  Try Ann Taylor or Barami

Post # 53
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@caits615:  We shop at the same stores (JCrew, BananaRepublic, Anthropolie)… I like Madewell and Boden also. 

It doesn’t seem like you have these stores around you, so maybe look online? Or maybe they’re not your style…? I think a mix of those 5 stores creates an amazing wardrobe. I’ve never had a problem creating looks that fit my age. 



EDIT: I’d like to include H&M. Although it’s not one of my favorites, you CAN find basic pieces for cheap.

Post # 54
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Stace126:  same here! I also really like Maurice’s and have tried most of the stores you’ve mentioned. 

I’ve found that there are certain brands or items of clothing at each store that I go for. Like Kohl’s – I will go straight to the Apt. 9, Elle, and LC stuff to look around. I think at any of these stores, you aren’t going to find a whole wardrobe of stuff you like, but might find one or two pieces. 

I was just out this past weekend and I got one nice shirt at Marshall’s and a great pair of jeans at Ann Taylor. I struck out at several of the ones on your list. The last time I was out, I found several things to try on at the Loft and Maurice’s….so it really varies! But it’s definitely not easy!


A couple things I’ve found helpful – get specific on something you are looking for – specific cut of jeans, style of shirt – and look online for it at the stores you can get to. Then pin ones that you think you might like. Then find them (if you can!) the next time you are out. I don’t know about you, but if I go into a store just to browse without a plan….I end up getting none of the things I was looking for!

The other thing is to pay attention to the women around you whose style you like. When they are wearing a shirt you like – ask them where they got it! You might learn of a few more places you hadn’t thought of!

Post # 55
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t know, I never had this problem. I don’t shop where you do, though. Most stores have items that can be mixed/matched in funkier ways. J. Crew, for example, can either by super preppy or incredibly edgy depending on how you mix the colors and shapes. Piperlime.com would be another excellent option, as would BCBG, Nordstrom, H&M, the Gap, etc

Post # 56
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m in the same boat =( I’m 25 & for the past year or two have had the most difficult time finding nice fitting & flattering clothing for work. I’m your average size gal too, if nto a bit smaller, at 5’3″ and 110 lbs. I’ve shopped in Juniors sections forever but lately everything is either super slutty or super baggy. Why the two extremes??!!

I tried shopping in misses & ladies about a month ago when we took a shopping trip for our engagemnet picture outfits but everything in those sections was so large on me it wasn’t worth it- although they did have some nice stuff in misses. 

I used to love shopping & would go out every couple of weekends for a new outfit but now I dread shopping like the plague… It doesn’t help that I live in the middle of nowhere & the only places to shop are local boutiques (which means $90 tops & $150 jeans) or the mall (which is about 3/4 empty & only has a kohls, sears, maurices & rue 21)… That and I’m a cheapo that loves a steal so I have a hard time justifying more than $20/$25 for a shirt & $30/$40 for jeans…. 

Post # 57
1806 posts
Buzzing bee

This is crazy to me! I have NEVER had this problem. I usually find wayyyyy too many items I want, just don’t have the cash for it!

Post # 58
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@AnneTossy:  I think it really depends on your area, as well. Where I lived growing up, I’d have to go over 2 hours to get access to the stores I can go to now. But even now, where the malls are located, they are heavily suburban areas – so teenage girls and middle-aged moms are the target. Even browsing online I can see that some of the stores have cute things, but they don’t carry them in store. When we were in Nashville earlier this year, I had looked up some of the outlet malls nearby and was pretty jealous of all the great options!



Post # 59
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Stace126:  You are not the only one. I either feel like I am dressing like a teenager and trying to look younger than I am, or I feel like I just bought the same shirt that my mother would wear. ITS SO BEYOND FRUSTRATING. Shopping trips are pretty much a complete distaster for me.

Post # 60
6254 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@atlbride2013:  +1. Try some department stores that are a little “higher end”

Post # 61
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Try franchescas! Nothing is ever over $60, I usually shop at express too and always use their coupons. I got a cocktail dress for $50 the other day. 

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