(Closed) New wardrobe to look more my age

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Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would wear nice button downs. Or a blazer with (conservative) tank tops. Thats what I wore last summer when my job required me to wear jeans, but I was constantly being photograhed for my portfolio. I was usually the nicest dressed person there. If I had to do something messy, I could just take the blazer off.

But to be fair, I’m 22. I *think* this got me treated a little older than I was. Its dressier than tshirts and polos though.

ETA: I love express. Only buy things on sale, most things you can get when they are 30% off.

Post # 4
3776 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I went through this several years ago.  My advice is to identify a “style icon” who’s style speaks to who you are.  For me it is Jacqueline Kennedy.  I find her style to be very much timeless and refined without being stuffy or contrived.  When I was going through this stage I started picking up summer dresses, cardigans, trouser pants and simple shirts.  I am probably a bit “dressy casual” but it works for me.  A lot of times I am in a simple dress and a cardigan with a comfortable shoe.  I am a Stay-At-Home Mom and probably a notch or too more dressed up than the typical mom at the park, but it works for me and I feel comfortable and cute.  Good luck.

Post # 5
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s all about tailoring and fabric choice! Nicely tailored jeans, a cute blazer, higher end flats will get you there, and help you be taken more seriously! Darker washes on the jeans. Cute tops in silk or nicer fabrics that have casual or simple silhouettes but beautiful fabrics (instead of cotton, for example)

Post # 6
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Sa7208:  Wear blazers. They pull together ANY outfit.

Wear dark denim, try boot cut and possibly skinny jeans if you have the body type for them.

Wear makeup – nothing too dark or harsh, but again it will make you look more polished.

Shoes – don’t wear runners or anything TOO casual. Loafers are great for looking a bit more mature.

Wear statement necklaces. These don’t have to be expensive but they can make you look more professional.

Always have your nails well manicured.

With all that said, looking young isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I look very young (am 27 and frequently people think I’m under 18!) and I am happy about it. Aging sucks. I do the above tips most of the time and I tend to be one of the better dressed people in the office. Buy a few expensive pieces that you can wear on those days where you need a boost of confidence.

Post # 7
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It’s all about fit.

Your jeans should fit PERFECTLY.  The hems should just graze the floor in whatever shoes you’re wearing, which is easy if you wear flats every day.  If they aren’t the right length when you buy them, have them hemmed. It’s a cheap alteration that will make them look 100% better.  Wide leg jeans that look like trousers are nice for work, and a little dressier, but if you can’t find any you like, stick to straight leg or bootcut.  Also, no super low rise, no buttcrack showing, and no gapping at the waist. That’s another easy fix for a tailor so get it done.  And your jeans should be a dark, uniform wash.  Work is not the place for fading or whiskering or weird treatments (or, obviously, holes).  Honestly, jeans that fit make you look older like, instantly.

For shirts, try nicer fabrics.  Even good polyester (not the cheap crap from the juniors section, but the nicer stuff that almost looks like silk) is better than thick rough cotton polos. I honestly don’t like polos on women if you have an option- they’re just not usually all that flattering, although I have seen a few done well.  But try wearing blouses instead with feminine details- cool patterns, pretty bows, ruffles, etc. I love blouses from the Limited.  Tuck your shirts in, and invest in some pretty, thin belts.  I love a thin belt with jeans and a nice blouse.  Limited also has great adjustable belts, that can be cinched in at your natural waist with a cardigan, or can be worn lower on your hips in your belt loops, and they go on clearance for like six bucks.

And cardigans are a great alternative if you don’t love blazers- I have disporportionately large boobs, so blazers are hard and expensive for me. Cardigans are much cheaper and more versatile.  I like them belted at the waist, but even open over a pretty patterned tank can work great.

Shoes should not be sneakers.  Flats are key, and make sure they’re in good shape- no floppy soles or missing decorations.

As for where to shop- I love the Limited. I find their sizing very uniform, so I know I can walk in, buy a 2, and it’s going to fit. Period.  And their cuts are pretty uniform, so it’s easy to spot flattering clothes even online.  I like Target for shoes, especially flats, and DSW too.  And for tops I mostly like off-price stores like Marshalls and TJMaxx. More digging, yes, but cheaper and just as nice as department stores.  Someone else mentioned Express, which is great too.

Post # 8
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Today, while on the train, the conductor asked me what high school I go to. I just graduated college. I was wearing a pencil skirt and a nice button down shirt. I didn’t bother with makeup today, but I’m still a little sad that I look underage when I’m 22. Anyways, it made me think of this thread.

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