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OOTD: “Dress Your Age”

May 18, 2011

When Torrid sent me my prize, they included a stripe and floral dress that I wrote about in the last post. When I first saw it, I thought “Hmmm, that looks too ‘young’ for me.” Nevertheless, I tried it on (of course) and was really impressed with the style and fell in love, even though it was outside of my typical style.

Sometimes I feel like I have to remind myself that I’m only 23, because I often nix many clothes for being “too young”. Maybe it’s because the majority of my classmates are a good 5 years or more older than me, or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve taught high school students and felt the need to differentiate myself from them, but I’m super sensitive about appearing “too young”. I decided to put my worries aside and enjoy wearing out the dress to go to dinner and a movie with my sister.

I kept it simple by adding a cardigan, suede slight wedges, and dark pink earrings. Although I love dresses, I rarely wear them out for a casual occasion, and it felt really good to step out of jeans and get a little dressed up for a night out. I really, really love the floral pattern of the skirt, and the striped top really grew on me and unexpectedly made me fall in love with the dress.

I’ve seen some other fab ladies work the stripes with florals, so I definitely had a little spring in my step since I felt like I was channeling some women who inspire me. When I was walking in the theater, feeling so great, I had an “ah-ha” moment. I had almost not allowed myself to wear this because I felt I was too old for it. Why did I set these limits on myself? Especially over something silly like the mixture of stripes with florals!

Dress: Torrid, Cardigan: Old Navy, Shoes: Target, Earrings: Mom’s closet–Avenue

I’m working towards more experimentation in my wardrobe, and also allowing myself to wear and look the way I want without too many influences of how I perceive others’ thoughts on the way I should look. Am I the only 23 year old out there that feels the pressure to “dress my age”?

What self-imposed age/fashion rules do you set on yourself? Why does it feel so inappropriate to you?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2011 11:00 pm

    I love this dress and you look adorable in it! I like how you paired it with the cardi… very chic. And as far as the age thing goes, I’m about 5 years older than you and I can honestly say I felt the same way at 23. I was always worried about looking like a “kid” but now as I encroach upon the big two eight, I relish in looking younger, lol. I also realized that “older” people still have style and can wear anything, it’s just how you wear it, if that makes any sense.

  2. May 18, 2011 11:28 pm

    You look absolutely adorable Iam the same way and try not to dress “to young” but this does not at all fit in that category you look so great gosh this really looks great on you I saw it on the website and wasn’t really impress with it. As I look at it on you I have changed my mind

  3. May 19, 2011 12:56 am

    You look great! I’m 41 and I certainly would wear this outfit. You are as young as you feel and for that matter you can wear whatever you want.

  4. Izabelle permalink
    May 19, 2011 7:06 am

    LOVE LOVE this dress. So beautiful. Quite jealous that it isn’t in MY closet.

    I don’t think about age. (And you shouldn’t either! You’re young!!!!!!) I try to dress properly for my body type. And I never let myself dress in beige, brown or that kind of colors. I always feel like I’m disappering in them.

  5. May 19, 2011 8:51 am

    Oh! I love, love, love this! I’m about to turn 25 & I would totally rock it, so I don’t think it is at all young for you! It’s nice to see you in something a little different, the floral looks fantastic on you & I like how you teamed it with the cardi.

    I don’t really believe too much abou age restrictions on clothes, within reason. I don’t really want to see an 80 y/o in a bikini & I get a little frustrated when I see 12 y/o girls running around in the short-shorts that are almost underwear. I think it’s more about what the individual feels comfortable in.

    Also, my site is back up and running!

  6. May 19, 2011 9:32 am

    I love this dress, and you look amazing in it! You always look so chic 🙂

  7. May 19, 2011 7:12 pm

    This is uber-cute!!! And as for dressing your age… hmmm… I’m 34 so I’m certain I’m way off point age wise!!

  8. charly permalink
    May 20, 2011 1:23 pm

    I really really love this dress! I wish I could have it too but i think it’s too expensive :-//
    Be sure that this dress (and you in it) is amazing!!!

    sorry for my bad english, but I’m german 😉

  9. May 28, 2011 9:23 am

    I’m almost twice your age… well not really… but I’d totally wear this outfit. Lately there are a few things I’ve passed over for being too young but they are usually very revealling.

  10. June 1, 2011 9:08 pm

    I love this pic!!! This is my favorite so far… but i just recently discovered your blog so I still have a looooong way to go… You inspire me…

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