Do you ever look in your closet, and get the feeling that something is missing? You aren’t missing your favorite pair of jeans or blouse, but it seems like your wardrobe has been seriously lacking in the style department recently. Your outfits don’t seem to look as stylish as they used to, and you wonder how so many of your friends feel like they stepped out of a fashion magazine. Your wardrobe may need a bit of a makeover, but your personal sense of style may need some change.
When some women talk about improving their style, they may be subconsciously thinking that they aren’t “dressing their age.” Nobody wants to be that clueless woman wandering around in the junior’s section at a department store, but sometimes we become that person without even knowing it. “Dressing your age” has become such an ambiguous term, and when you live in a world where your favorite childhood cartoons are getting movie deals, it can be harder to let go of some of our more “childish” clothing. If you’re ready to dress your age, and still retain some of your personal style, follow these tips when you’re planning your next outfit.
Give up your hoodies
Everybody has that one absolutely comfortable hoodie they’ve had for years. Your baggy sweatshirts and hoodies may be comfortable, but it’s time that you relegate them to in-home use only. Jackets and blazers are far more stylish than any hoodie or sweatshirt, and they can be thrown on just as easily. Resist the urge to throw one on when you’re running out of the house, and make sure that you always reach for your jacket.
Toss your dirty sneakers
Maybe you love to live in a beat up pair of your old Nikes, or perhaps you can’t get rid of a pair of Chuck Taylors you’ve had since you were in college. Those shoes may be comfortable, and can even add some much needed “edge” to an outfit, but if you want to start dressing like an adult, you’ll have to part with your sneakers. If you want something that’s just as comfortable and easy to put on, look for stylish flats or sandals that you can match with most of your outfits.
Have some casual dresses
When you open your closet to scope out your dresses, what do you see? Do you see a lot of skintight dresses with sequins that you usually use for clubbing? Do you have a little black dress that you could see yourself wearing on a date, but not anywhere else? Or do you even have a row of special occasion dresses that you’ll never wear again? If all of your dresses look like they belong in a music video or a wedding instead of a casual afternoon with friends, it’s time to get some new ones. Look for casual dresses that can be dressed up or down for whatever occasion you need.
Choose fitted shirts
Baseball tees, concert shirts, and a few baby doll shirts with graphic prints are great for when you’re lounging around the house, but they aren’t so great for going out or going to work. Ban any shirt that has a boxy cut to it from your wardrobe, and look for shirts that have some definition to them. A cinched waist or a banded or draped neckline can instantly age and class up any outfit.