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

posted 7 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 77
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619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m 30 and I still sometimes feel this way.  Some stores that have cute clothes only make sizes and cuts for a teenager’s body – I’m looking at you, Urban Outfitters!  Other stores that have a good selections of womens sizes are very hit or miss for being in style – I’m looking at you, Kohls!

I’ve developed my wardrobe by finding which stores have basics that fit me well and last, then I add accessesories or more fun tops from different places.  I get the basics like t-shirts and sweaters at Target and Old Navy.  I also love Rock Star jeans and cords from Old Navy.  H&M and Express are good for dressy tops for work.  The Gap has durable black dress pants that fit me well.  The Limited is the best for fashionably cut suits and a variety of dressy tops.  

Now I want to go shopping! 😉

Post # 78
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619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@HelleCat:  Have you tried Gap jeans?  I used to wear them all the time, but my size has been fluxuating a lot so I’ve stuck with Old Navy recently.  Gap jeans are very durable.

Post # 79
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3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yep.  I too am a victim.  It started about 22 when i was graduating from undergrad and my advisor said It was really time to stop shopping in the Jr’s Section.  Damn!!

i’m a mix n match kind of gal.  I can usually find something at Target.  Though I have to say this past season was the 1st time EVER that there wasn’t a single thing that I would wear :(. 

But, saving for the wedding means I get to wear all those clothes I bought and never wore.  I’ll be shopping next year when paychecks don’t all go straight into the wedding fund 🙂

Post # 80
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1715 posts
Bumble bee

@Macintosh:  Yeah I’ve tried them…eh. I did find a brand I like though, after like…a bazzillion years of looking.

Bullhead band janes. they make my ass look FANTASTIC.

Post # 81
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Some of us “55 (well almost) year olds that arms haven’t seen the light of day” can’t find anything fashionable either….WE don’t WEAR the things that you ASSUME are for our age group….

WE want to be fashionable also, not frumpy, and it’s difficult to find stuff that doesn’t look too young or slutty too!!!!! 

 

Post # 82
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2868 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@HelleCat:  Levis 505

Post # 83
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2868 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dkacerek:  I haven’t had any issues (age 49 but who is counting). Too much stuff I like. I am going to assume I am still dressing a bit slutty, LOL. Most clothes cover thigh cellulite anyway

Post # 84
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@nycsa:  covering up is a good thing, as well as Spanx….I also have the added issue of being 5′ 10″ and a 10.5 shoe!

Post # 85
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2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Old navy has some cute dresses and tops. 

Im plus size and 26 so I mainly shop at Lane Bryant, Khols, Old Navy, and Macy’s. 

Post # 86
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407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am 26 and I feel your pain especially when it comes to department stores. I do like NY and Co though. I get most of my clothes at either the J Crew or Banana Republic Outlet stores. I can’t afford the regular stores. I also buy quite a few things at Target.

Post # 87
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2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m 27 and feel your pain as well…I’m short (5’2″), which makes it worse.  It’s magnified even more trying to find maternity clothes!

Post # 88
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2780 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Stace126:  Definitely not the only one, but you forgot the I’m a professional business woman section. It’s almost always either something a hooker would wear, something a grandma would wear, or look like a professional business women all the time, or a slob in yoga pants and tees.

Post # 89
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Stace126:  I totally feel your pain. Fiance told me the other night that he misses when I dressed a bit sexier.. since I started working (corporate environment) my wardrobe has gotten way too mature. Help is definitely required!

Post # 90
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178 posts
Blushing bee

Maurice’s = love. Online shopping is the way to go. 

Post # 91
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1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think part of the problem is that part of what is “in” right now is “grandma clothes”, which look kind of nerdy/cute/ironic on teenagers… but on a woman in her later 20’s or early 30’s, just looks frumpy. You have to be a toothpick, baby-faced girl to pull it off.

For teens who don’t like this fashion direction, the rest of the selection is the usual kinda slutty, cheap looking stuff that you always see in the juniors section.

I’m 4’11” and have the same “short” pants problem… I used to be able to buy the short length pants off the rack and wear them without hemming, without heels. That has not happened in at least 6 years.

I usually shop at gap, old navy (for pants, sweaters, and jackets only), target, and the occasional department store. Anymore, I do most shopping online, where petite sizes are easier to find. I love Banana Republic, but I don’t have that kind of money to spend on clothes!

I really hate the current fashion obssession with flowy, gauzy tops that have no shape and make anyone with curves look fat and/or pregnant. I also hate how all dresses currently have no shape, or a very boxy shape. The only thing I like right now is the trend for dress shirts with rolled sleeves that button up, but being a big-busted woman it is rare that I can wear a button-up shirt at all.

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