This post is for those out there who want to transition out of younger styles and emerge as the mature stylish person you want to become.
I see many people in their mid-20s and up who, like so many, want to hang on to the last shred of their youth. Here's the thing, the more that you try to look 22, the more you look like that person who's desperately trying to look 22 but clearly isn't. You'll find, that dressing properly actually makes you look younger, because you look more stylish.
That being said, just embrace whatever age you happen to be and update your style accordingly. If you need some help on where to start, follow some of these really basic tips I've come up with below, because first impressions are lasting ones. What is the impression you're leaving on others?
1. Ditch the brands and styles that are targeted to teens an young adults:
- If you are over 23, you shouldn't still be shopping at places like A&F, H Co. or AE. These brands are marketed to high school and college aged students, so if you're no longer in that demographic, it's time to part ways. Especially if you look like a giant billboard for one of the above companies.
- Secondly, pants should be fitted. The days of wide leg, boot cut, and carpenter (unless you're actually using them for a purpose that warrants that) are gone. Wearing clothes that fit your body properly shows that you not only care about your appearance, but that you are aware of what is made for your body type.
- Lastly, unless you're coming to or from the gym, you shouldn't wear athletic gear. Clothes are made for a particular function so it's always best to wear them when appropriate.
2. Upgrade your personal fragrance:
- I know. Once upon a time we all loved "Fierce" cologne, and I'm with you (kind of). But if you are still wearing colognes targeted at the group I just talked about above, the time has come to let it go. Reason being that these are so common and easily recognizable by everyone. I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone mention, "Wow, they are still shopping at teens stores".
- Instead, opt for something new and more age appropriate. A good place to start is to go to your local department store and shop for mature fragrance powerhouses like Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, or Tom Ford.
3. Upgrade your footwear:
- We all want to be comfortable, and no one is saying you have to wear wingtip shoes with a leather sole every day of your life, but you should have some good casual options that get you out of sneakers and elevate you into something more refined. You'd be surprised how something so simple as a shoe can do that.
- I will admit, I'm not the biggest shoe fanatic in the whole world, but I was basically slapped into reality with my shoe game, or lack there of rather, and I'm definitely better for it! My favorite place to shop footwear is Kenneth Cole. If you're on a budget or just can't justify spending a ton on shoes, try out a place like DSW for styles that may not be the newest, but are still great and at a great price point.
4. Update your hairstyle:
- Step 1: Find a stylist.
- Step 2: Read THIS which explains how to make the most of your experience while practicing proper etiquette with your stylist.
- Step 3: Take care of your hair EVERY day. If you are the type of person that goes to a stylist, gets a killer cut, then never styles it after you wash it, you've wasted your money. If you plan on doing NOTHING to it, ask your stylist for something simple that doesn't require a lot of styling.
5. Invest in good skin care:
At a minimum, you should do the following, after doing some research based on your skin type:
- Step 1: Stop using any cleanser or soap not made specifically for your face.
- Step 2: Cleanse every day
- Step 3: Use a moisturizer made specifically for your face that also includes an SPF.
At the end of the day, you have to do what is comfortable for you but there is always an opportunity to grow and evolve through the different phases of your life, even if you have no clue where to start.
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