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

posted 9 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 62
2424 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have this problem too. I find my body shape is somewhere in between Junior’s and Misses’. The juniors are way too skanky, so if I wear them I need to buy them a bit big. But misses doesn’t fit right either, my torso is very long in proportion to my waist, so if I buy shirts long enough to cover my stomach, they are WAY too wide. I’m also tall, but have no butt so a lot of time I get baggy butt syndrome in jeans. I should get them altered but I am cheap/lazy.

My luck is very hit and miss with shopping because of this. I do find things at TJ Maxx but it depends on the week. Sometimes I walk out with several bags, but often I walk out empty handed. I get a decent amount of things at Target actually, and sometimes Old Navy (though their pants don’t fit me as well). I sometimes find stuff at H&M too.

The stores that clothes seem to fit me best are Express, NY and Company, Lerner’s (though I haven’t been to one in a while). The problem is I live in the middle of nowhere and don’t have any of those stores around, so I buy online and abuse places that have free return shipping. Express clothes almost all fit me perfectly, so I buy them the most.

Post # 63
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@seabunny:  I went there recently and tried on a pair of cute polka dot pants and the seam along the crotch went completely up the side towards my hip, instead of straight up towards my belly button- making one leg much tighter than the other.  I feel like their clothes are super cheaply made. I will go their for jewelry though.

Post # 64
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love Francesca’s and Anthropologie for trendier things.  LOFT and White House Black Market are fantastic for clothes that are a bit more professional.

Post # 65
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

OMG I totally agree! Its impossible to find shorts in which the pockets aren’t longer than the actual shorts themselves!! LOL Not to mention its hard finding Jeans that are SUPER SKINNY jeans and tight around the ankles!

I am a girl with big hips and curves…the last thing I need to do is look like a V and the skinny part be my ankles! LOL Not very flattering at all on me.

Post # 66
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I don’t have any issues finding clothes at all…. Jeans & T-Shirt kinda girl. I buy nice jeans or shorts (Paige, Sevens, etc) and I live in those v-neck tops from OldNavy. I first discovered them a year ago and those ones are finally starting to fall apart but I’ve worn them a TON.. I must have 30 of them! (http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=77820&vid=1&pid=810130722 quite honestly the most flattering top I’ve ever worn for my body type..and in sharing this website I’ve now discovered they have all these new colors!) I also wear yoga pants a lot when running errands with sneakers.  

I buy a lot of plain and simple dresses from Forever 21. I wear those in the summer with flip flops and then pair them with tights in the winter and a cardigan in the winter.

I live in flip-flops during the summer. Quality knee high black boots, uggs or Hunter boots, in the winter. All of my winter coats are from Banana Republic. Occasion fancier dresses are usually from Nordstrom.

I never have a problem finding clothes but I’m a pretty classic/casual/plain dresser (either stripes or solids for me) and I don’t mind spending a little extra to get what I like, because a a lot of my go-to pieces are very affordable.

When I have to wear business casual I wear ballet flats (“fancier” ones) a skirt (flowy, pencil, etc) or tailored pants (BR), and a nice fitted knit top or a button down. Maybe a fun piece of jewelry. Nothing over the top but I always look age appropriate and I never have a problem finding these pieces at places like Banana Republic, Express, Macys, Nordstrom, etc.

Post # 67
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have that issue, PLUS I’m alost 6 feet tall with a huge booty. So dressing my body isn’t always easy.

I just wear dresses now. It’s way easier, and I’m very girly anyway. In California, it’s almost always dress weather.


Post # 68
7767 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I started having this problem in my 20s!  Further, I had a hard time finding quality clothing (still do!)  So much stuff is super cheap and poor quality- Anthropology, Jcrew- places I like the styles of- are often poor quality.  It just adds to the problem.

I wear super nice jeans (Jbrand, True Religion,C.of.H., etc.) and tend to just wear simple tops with cardigans.  Exciting, right?

Post # 69
1327 posts
Bumble bee

I dont really have too much of a problem, I am not that picky though other then the price. I am a jeans/T-shirt and Yoga pants/runners kinda girl. I finally found a store that has awesome comfortable jeans that last so I am estatic about that. I know which stores to avoid and which tend to have stuff I like so I stick to those. I don’t shop very often though, once or twice a year it seems.

Post # 70
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have a problem finding clothes but for different reasons…I am so unproportional so clothes will always fit in some spots but not others. I get all my work pants at Express-they have a great selection but I think they are way too pricey. And almost every other article of clothing I own is from Ann Taylor LOFT. Greatest store ever. Clothes for fun, clothes for work, and everything in between. And they have a 40% off everything sale almost every month so you can’t go wrong.

Post # 71
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just turned 25 and decided that I can no longer wear stuff from the Juniors department (unless it’s casual/lounge around the house kinda stuff)… but a lot of clothes in the “women’s clothes” section do tend to be too old.  I tend to buy work clothes either at Express, Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, or the POV (Point of View) section at Nordstrom–though I occasionally find a cute, cheap cardigan in the juniors/BP section at Nordstrom too.  For “fun clothes” I really like BCBG, also Express/Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, and the TBD and Savvy sections at Nordstrom.

I hate paying retail, so I like to find something I love at Nordstrom and try to find it either at one of the discount stores or on ebay for cheap.  This works well with James Perse shirts and Joe’s and Citizens of Humanity jeans–they both make jeans that are not too low-rise but not the dreaded “Mom Jeans.”

Post # 72
4650 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is my life.

I want to move into wearing mostly retro dresses, which look good on practically any age, but I haven’t got the money saved up to really get the wardrobe started… 

Post # 73
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ugh. Speak it, sister!

Okay, so I’m nineteen… but I’m getting into my adult career and stuff now, and find myself needing more professional, adult-looking clothes. Plus, my hips DO NOT fit into the junior sizes of pants! I am not heavy by any means, and I have long legs, but apparently when you’re a teen you’re not supposed to have curves of any kind? Anyways, so it’s always hard to find pants because I HAVE to get them in the misses section (which rarely has anything I like to begin with) and they have to be longs… double ugh.

Shirts and dresses are much easier for me, although I also wish they made cute bras that aren’t padded for those of us who don’t need the whole push-up effect. Any one else have this problem?

Post # 74
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Stace126:  I agree! I was in the states this summer and looking forward to a lot of shopping but I was bitterly dissapointed! My shape seems to not be fashionable anymore because I didn’t find any clothes that really looked good!

Post # 75
1715 posts
Bumble bee


That don’t fall apart after 6 months of wear.

My kindonm for a pair of REGULAR FUCKING JEANS.

Post # 76
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow I wish I had that problem! Every time I leave the house I end up buying something. J Crew, Banana, Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, I could go on and on. I feel like most clothes are geared towards the mid to late 20’s professionals. 

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