(Closed) Mid- to late-20s gals- do you still buy clothes from the Jrs section?

posted 9 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 62
359 posts
Helper bee

I have never really been able to wear juniors clothes, because once I grew out of kids clothes I had hips. I also – gasp – wear high rise bottoms because I think “long top that ends at the widest part of your hips” is a horrible look for most women including me. If somebody thinks that’s old or frumpy, screw ’em, I look better than you honey! 😉

My taste in clothing changed a lot as a teenager, but in the past few years I haven’t changed taste so much as just learned how to shop smarter and find things that fit with minimum effort and cost.

I have zero shame about shopping anywhere from forever 21 to brooks brothers, and sometimes wearing items from both at the same time. I only worry about appropriateness when I’m at work – there I dress about as boring as possible because I don’t want people noticing my clothes. Other than work, clothing should be fun and make you feel good, not worried!

I never want to get a “mom” haircut. Heck I never want to be a mom, haha. Nothing against “mom” haircuts, but I have this vision of myself being 60 with LONG hair, like a Victorian boss.

Post # 63
7813 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@kmaemu:  I definitely do not. The clothing doesn’t match my style at all. I would feel like I was playing dress up teenager.

Post # 64
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Well I’ll say this. I’m in an HR role at a fairly large corporation and the dress code falls under my jurisdiction.

It’s pretty obvious if a “dress” was bought in the juniors department. The obvious tip off being the length. Mose junior dresses are way too short for work! But they also just have a cheaper, flimsier look to them.

Also, I see women all the time who literally squeeze themselves into juniors sizes. Just because you can button a pair of pants doesn’t mean they fit correctly. It can make a normal skirt suit seem pretty inappropriate for work (think sexy librarian in a porno).

I would say its fine to shop in the juniors section at any age, but if you work in a corporate environment and wear these clothes there be very careful with what you choose there and make sure what you choose actually fits correctly. People will make judgements based on how you dress (sometimes not even consciously).  In a perfect world, it wouldn’t matter what we look like but in our world – it’s a reality.

Post # 66
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Gemstone:  That’s awesome! Hopefully you have better luck with pants than I. The regulars are too long and the petites are too short! lol

Post # 67
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m only 22 but I don’t think my body type is going to change anytime soon so I see myself shopping in the Juniors for a good while yet for casual clothes. For work, I usually shop at NYC but for everything else its the teen stores not because I like their styles perse but just because nothing else looks good. 


Whenever I try women’s jeans my butt just looks wrong… It just looks like I went from 22 to 72, they just always look like the type of jeans that old people wear. It could be cause I am 5’1 and a size 4/6 in women’s and 5 in juniors and petites sections always seem like their aimed at the elderly. 

Post # 68
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’m 27 and I honestly feel lost when it comes to clothes. I shop in both departments but I rarely buy anything anymore because I feel like nothing looks right. I went to Express over the weekend and tried on the Portofino shirt. I was so excited it didn’t look weird that I bought 4 of them (Thank goodness for the 40% off sale). I wish I looked more put together and I wish someone would show me how to do that. I don’t really care whether my clothes are from the juniors dept or not as long as they look age appropriate.

Post # 69
5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

25 & still wear items from the jrs sections.. i’m particular about what I wear though.

I shop in the women’s section as well.. it really just depends on the style of clothing. I do prefer cute smocked tops for the summer though!


Post # 70
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I do sometimes! It’s hard to find clothes in junior section that are not too revealing though. 

Post # 71
644 posts
Busy bee

I definitely still shop in the jrs section/f21/topshop etc, but I also like zara, j crew etc. I find jrs stuff is easier because women’s sections clothes are just cut wrong for my body shape (hourglass), are generally too big, and make me look really frumpy.

I totally understand the clothing crisis – I’m 26 and feel like I should shop and dress in a more grown up fashion, but I just don’t really want to!

For those of you in this age range, has your taste in clothing changed over the past few years?  Sort of – I find I’m more influenced by where I live. When I lived in London I was a bit ‘trendier’ than I am now because fashion is less of a thing in my current city.

What type of clothing do you like to wear? I alternate between trying to look sophisticated and polished (not so frequently!) and wearing ludicrously bright skinnies with bright/patterend vest tops and cardigans. I have expensive handbags and coats/jackets to class up my look a bit on a day to day basis. I just find all the dark colours people around me seem to wear make them look the same and kinda blah. Sometimes I definitely go too far and look like a teenager but hey, at least it’s fun.

What do you think is appropriate for our age? Whatever people like! I’m sure I wear things that people would think is inappropriate – I generally wear super tight clothing because I’m so curvy that shapless stuff looks awful on me. If I wear a super short skirt I’ll wear thick dark tights and I try not to show cleavage just because it’s inappropriate at work (am a grad student so it’s super casual but I feel there are basic standards).

Do you think there is a set age a girl should stop buying clothes from forever 21 and move on to Ann Taylor? No.

Mom haircut? No, I have very long slightly wild ombre-d hair at the moment.

Does what your SO likes you in/wears himself have an influence on what you buy? No, but conveniently we both like the same sorts of things on me!

Glad to know I’m not the only one with the occasionaly clothing identity crisis!

Post # 72
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

im 23 AND im a mom to a 2yr old, i do buy jrs clothes, ripped, fitted jeans and trendy tshirts and dresses, i also have my hair bright red in a layered aline cut. im a firm believer that i probably will keep shopping in the jrs section as long as its not too revealing and i feel comfortable.


just an FYI my moms 40 and she still shops in the jr section, sometimes its ok but sometimes its just not appropriate for her age.







Post # 73
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

For those of you in this age range, has your taste in clothing changed over the past few years?  

My taste in clothing has changed in that I try to look older, verses not caring if I look like a teenager. It really gets old having people tell you there is no way you are older than 18 because you have a baby face and are short. I wear lower heels, more vintage-inspired clothing, and I prefer classic styles/looks rather than anything trendy. It helps that I HATE most trends right now. WHY IS EVERYTHING SHEER AND BAGGY???

What type of clothing do you like to wear?

I love wearing long skirts and sundresses in the summer, but they often make me feel very young.  I like wearing clothes that fit well, but are not revealing. I just finished student teaching, so my wardrobe definitely became a little more mature. 

What do you think is appropriate for our age?

I think what is appropriate depends on your body type, your job, and where you plan to go for the day. I’ve never been a fan of miniskirts anyway, but those should be out unless you are at a club. Otherwise, I just try to look somewhat mature, since I naturally appear to be in my late teens!

Do you think there is a set age a girl should stop buying clothes from forever 21 and move on to Ann Taylor?

I happen to like Ann Taylor better, for the most part, problem is I am too poor to shop there! My younger siblings have been accusing me of dressing like an “old lady” recently, mainly because I LOVE vintage inspired shoes, and wear a lot of scarves.

Post # 74
2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@s2bmrscook:  same here. There are some brands I can wear just not all. 

Post # 75
3457 posts
Sugar bee

I’m in my 30s and still shop juniors. They fit my body better. Sometimes I even buy girls’ sizes because they cost less and still fit me well.

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