fashion identity crisis! halp!

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Registered: 10-19-2008
fashion identity crisis! halp!
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Mon, 04-18-2011 - 2:27pm

I've been browsing the season's trends lately, and this question occurred to me:

I don't know how to dress my age! How is this done?

I'm 25-- still young enough to be trendy, but 5 years from 30! Sometimes I see myself oohing and aaahing over trends that kids 10 years younger than me are wearing. Could it be possible for me to look good in the same things? I'm thinking probably not. But, I take a look at myself and I still see a kid. I don't feel 25 at all! I work part time and am in college getting my second bachelors degree (yes.. I said second *sigh* ). So, I'm surrounded by peers anywhere from 17-23 in most of my classes, but I'm seeing myself identifying more with the few 40 somethings that I do interact with.

Can you say identity crisis??

Do any of you lovely ladies have any suggestions for how to make myself still feel fresh and young, but mature and alluring all at the same time? I know there has to be some fashion geniuses out there.

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Registered: 04-19-2011
Tue, 04-19-2011 - 12:55pm
Dressing by your body type is the number 1 rule! I'm 17 but have always had a more womanly, mature body. (I'm a size 8 or 10 with a D cup) I look at least 20. So I know that I can't go out in tiny halter tops from Hollister or the daisy duke style shorts that most of the girls at my school wear. 25 is the perfect age, especially when it comes to fashion. You can select mature cuts and styles, but still look youthful, AND professional! Based on my experience, most likely the styles the 17 yr. olds around you are not appropriate for you as a young woman!

Here are some clothing suggestions that will help you create an age appropriate, yet stylish look:

http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/11719/en/zara-S2011/61137/329043/LINEN%2BDRESS

(color block is a huge trend for Spring, as well as nudes. Pair this linen dress with hot pumps, and bold accessories.)

http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=34609&vid=1&pid=834557

(The basic white button down with a modern twist. I'd wear this with colorful ankle length pants in a natural or bold color. Don't forget the belt!
Finish with a pair of fun patterned flats and some bangles for a daytime look!)

This pants are fantastic, I have them in green: http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=61073&vid=1&pid=785922&scid=785922022
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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 04-19-2011 - 1:01pm

I personally don't think you're too old to indulge in some of the trendier styles of today, as long as they suit you and you feel good wearing them! To me, the secret is to dress for the occasion; while you would probably go more conservative on the job, there's no reason you shouldn't have a fun "play time" wardrobe, too!