The Kate Look

I have learned as you grow older, your style [hopefully] evolves. Sure, it was fun to wear trendy clothes like high-low skirts/dresses, cartoon tshirts, leggings, and tribal print anything. However, at some point, you should step back and ask yourself if your clothes are appropriate for your age.

What girl has not shopped, or at least browsed, Forever21? The prices are appealing to a modest budget and they keep up with the latest trends. I think the store name says it all: ┬ámeant for 21 years old and younger. Trends are mostly targeted to younger customers and tend to only stick around for a couple of years before they are dubbed “last season.” However, F21 has CHEAP jeans and basic tshirts that I will not pass up.

What should you do when you are over 21 and looking for a mature look that does not make you look frumpy?

It is hard to let go of the “Junior” department when you still easily fit into its clothes. You might resist shopping your age because it means you are accepting that you are getting older. I will be honest, I am going on 23 years old and could probably fit into a child’s XL from Old Navy or Gap. Does that mean I should shop in the children’s department…just because it fits? NO!

Learn to say NO.

There is life beyond F21 (and similar stores). In fact, you might be surprised how much you like a more sophisticated and polished look. Stores that carry more mature styles will probably be a little more pricey. The key is to shop sales and clearance.

Just because I can afford an expensive dress, does not mean I am willing to buy it. My mom instilled in me an eye for fashion. There is no way I would pay more for a clothing item that my mom can make cheaper and with better quality. I rarely shop Dillard’s because most of their clothes are not truly worth their price. You are essentially buying the tag (Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, etc). When I heard Dillard’s was having a huge sale (extra 50% off pink tags), I had to check it out.

I found a regularly priced $129 [Daniel] Cremieux midnight navy sheath dress…for $38. It was a bargain considering the original price and quality. After purchasing the dress, I immediately ran home to try it on with my $22 nude-color pumps from Payless (compare that to the $50-130 pumps found at Dillard’s)! I paired it with a pearl necklace from Macy’s that I have had since early high school.

I call this, “The Kate Look.”

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