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

posted 7 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 92
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401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Try being a 100 pound lawyer… it is absolutely impossible to buy work clothes. I don’t fit any “women’s” sizes, as I am swimming in an x-small, and there is no true professional wear in misses. Can’t wait til I can afford tailored suits lol.

Post # 93
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Stace126:  I’m 34 and I still want to look youthful without looking like a hooker or a soccer mom. I really like American Eagle for sweaters and some jeans. You have to layer most things these days but the quality at American Eagle is still decent. Not everything in there says “teeny bopper” or “slut”. Sometimes TJ Maxx will sell American Eagle items from a previous season. For business casual and some casual attire, I like Ann Taylor Loft. They do have some things that say, “soccer mom”, but they also have some really cute things, as well. Banana Republic and Gap also have some cute things. Gap was falling behind for a while but they and even Old Navy have made a comeback in the last year. I recommend checking them out. 

Post # 94
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191 posts
Blushing bee

I’m 28 and I just stick to jeans and blouses.   It doesn’t matter what style of clothing is out there.  Go for something that makes you comfortable.

Post # 95
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

TOTALLY been feeling the same way!!! I was just thinking that yesterday. Clothes now really suck! And the shirts are all, puffy and billowy. I’m 26. =Plus yeah… won’t spend over $30 for a shirt unless it’s super amazing awesome. And $30 is when I’m feeling generous.

But yeah, everything looks like this:

We went from empire waists and puffy bottom parts (pregnancy shirts BY DEFINITION… Why were these popular?? nobody looked good in them!) to completely shapeless bags… which are pregnancy shirts or for 50 year olds. ugh.

And yep… skinny jeans or mom jeans. Who looks good in skinny jeans? They don’t even look good on models… Why are they so popular and still around? I thought they’d be dead by now.

And on top of that, the “vanity sizing” is making it even harder. I try on XS shirts that are still too bulky/wide in the waist. wtf? I can only shop in juniors stores. I don’t even bother with ladies stores/sections anymore. XS is way too big in a regular ladies size. Forever 21 seems to be one of the few (cheap) places I can find things that fit, but the styles there really suck lately. Express and American Eagle are kinda nice but generally too expensive. Not paying $50 for a shirt. But yeah, walked in and out of several stores. Nothing good.

Oh, and what I hate is I see a shirt or whatever on a mannequin, and I say “that should work.” Come to find out, they’ve taken the XS and pinned up the back to make it look more fitted, and it often completely changes the originally intended style of the dress (puffy) so it looks better on the mannequin. wtf?? So. Annoying. -_-

 

@HappilyEverAfter54:  Totally agree!!!

Post # 96
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966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

@CountryRose:  Yeah. I’m 107 and searched for “interview” clothes. Nope -_-

Post # 97
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1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Wow i have no idea of what some of you bees are talking about here.

SHOPPING IS HEAVEN for me right now. I have the money to buy stuff, there are a range of clothings that are FAB, SEXY, CLASSY AND AGE APPROPRIATE. There are Zara, H&M, J. Crew, Banana, other domestic designers and companies(which are actually all made in China) for not so crazy price in the city I live in. I also shop at Forever 21. I am going on 30 next year but I love finding trendy and great style for cheap! Then there are french brands like A.P.C, Kookai, Contoir de Cotonier(sp?). They have omg cute stuff I looove but A.P.C is expensive.

Post # 98
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412 posts
Helper bee

I wish I had that problem – there’s too many amazing options where I am (Canada, so I don’t know that they’re all available where you are: Banana (store is overpriced, outlet has great stuff), Guess (yes, there’s the glitzy stuff, but there’s some really nice refined stuff too – again, I recommend the outlet), RW&Co are my go-tos. Other friends’ favourite places include Aritzia (LOVE but they rarely have deals and I hate paying full price there), H&M, Dynamite, Club Monaco (also pricy – and a lot of dryclean only stuff).. Also good are Holt Renfrew, the Bay, Sears, and Winners (TJMaxx) IF you have the patience to comb through things – my mother finds the most amazing things (for me) there, but I find I just get frustrated – same with Macy’s and Nordie’s in the states. 

I’m worried that in 2-4 years though, I’ll start being sized out of stores – I keep watching the tags say smaller sizes while the clothes fit a bit looser. I’m sorry, but I am NOT an xs/0; I have TONS of friends that are smaller than me.

Post # 99
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1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Oh and I also buy some vintage clothing from Etsy time to time. Great stuff

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