Thursday 29 January 2015

How to dress like a 'grown up'...

 Lately I have been feeling a bit stuck in terms of what to wear. I want to look 'mum appropriate  and not look like a 12 year old who has a child but at the same time I don't want to start looking old before my time.. I am only 23 after all! 

It gets to that time in your life when you have to take a serious look at your wardrobe and start to weed out some of the clothing. Sometimes, you get rid of things because they're old, while at other times it's because they go out of style. Your last wardrobe purge may have been because you just splurged on cheap sexy dresses and needed some extra space or because you physically outgrew something, but when was the last time you got rid of clothing because you outgrew it mentally?  
It can be hard to determine when you're too old for certain styles, especially when you feel sentimentally attached to them. However, eventually you may feel that your wardrobe should mature with you – but it may seem hard to make the transition when you don't even know where to start. If you're ready to start dressing your age, follow these simple tips.

Say goodbye to graphic tees and t-shirts
As you get older, you may start to feel a bit awkward heading out in a plain old t-shirt. Graphic tees and your favorite concert shirts still have a place in your life, but just not in your everyday wardrobe. Get rid of any shirt that has a boxy cut, and look for tops that actually give your body some shape. A cinched waist, draped neckline, or a classic peplum top can instantly age and class up any outfit.
Get rid of beat up shoes
There's nothing wrong with having a beat up pair of shoes for when you're running errands or doing some house work, but you should start most days with a nice looking pair of footwear. Nothing ruins an outfit more than beat up shoes, and if you want to start dressing like an adult you're going to have to say goodbye to your old pair of Vans. Despite what you may think, it is possible to wear "big girl shoes" and still be comfortable. Look for some versatile flats and boots, and (if you need to) improve your comfort levels by slipping in some gel pads. Also, be sure to have at least one pair of heels that you can comfortably walk in without wobbling.
 Stop relying on hoodies
Hoodies and warm pull-overs are great for when you're lounging around the house or running out for a quick errand, but that should be their only place in an adult wardrobe. Blazers and jackets are way more stylish than any hoodie or sweatshirt, and they can be thrown on with just as much ease. Resist the urge to throw a hoodie on when you're running out of the house, and make sure that you always reach for your jacket. If you really miss the comfort and softness of a sweatshirt, find a stylish and loose-fitting sweater you can throw on in a hurry.
Get some real pants
For the first two decades of your life you'll practically live in jeans, but once you're an adult you're going to need some actual pants to wear. Tailored dress pants will always look great on you, and if you can't stand those, you can always invest in some skirts. That's not to say that you should give up the jeans – just wear them on weekends and not on your average day. 

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