I need help! I've always been an A & F and American Eagle kind of girl, I mean everything is just so livable and comfy! So now that I'm in my thirties I've been questioning whether it's still ok to be wearing these types of clothes. I avoid anything with a logo emblazoned across the butt or the chest but I have to say I would feel silly meeting a teenager with the same clothes. Any ideas or new store options I should check out?
I would suggest checking out J.Crew for some really great pieces. Nordstrom is great as well. Plus, both stores have free personal stylists--take advantage of it.
One thing I do check out fashion blogs because I like to see what other girls my age are wearing. I'm a full-time college student and hate the I just rolled out of bed look. What works for your lifestyle? What is your body type? Have a preference for dresses or pants?
Here are some neat places I shop at...
Zara, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Bluefly, Cusp, Piperlime, Shopbop, Asos, Topshop, BCBG, and on occasion Forever 21.
I wear whatever is clean . Or steal from my 17 yo daughter. I buy my jeans from the kids section at JC Pennies ( plain pocket no butterflies or anything LOL) because they fit better and are cheaper, same with the plain T shirts .... Oh and I'm 38
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OK for whom? For what purpose? Who are we trying to impress?
That's always been my philosophy on fashion. I'm in my early forties and have a closet full of "timeless" stuff. Target (yes! I prefer to spend money on anything but clothes! ) makes a lot of really cute fitted t-shirts that I'm sure are intended for juniors and twentysomethings. Don't care. I'm fit, and they are comfortable and do look good on me.
My company has no dress code other than "please don't come to work naked", so I can get away with having a mostly casual wardrobe. I do have a few outfits suitable for professional events and the like, just in case.
If you like American Eagle I see no reason to stop shopping there.
I'm in my 30s but at work I wear scrubs or uniform, thankfully. On the rare occasions when I have to wear something "work-like" that isn't one of the above but also isn't dressy/interview clothing, I have stuff from Ann Taylor Loft or Talbot's.
Otherwise in my daily life I wear jeans and whatever top I manage to grab. I have a whole bunch of nice, writing/pic-free T-shirts that are somewhat fitted, and they work just fine.
Banana Republic is probably my favorite. Just bought a bunch of things at BR and Ann Taylor Loft. Ann Taylor is nice too. Talbots IMO can be a bit expensive and can send you a bit into the "ladies who lunch" look. At the mall, some Jones New York, some Ralph Lauren. No to Eileen Fisher (not tailored enough for me). Still mourning the closing of Harrolds.
When I'm bargin hunting or for more trendy items, I read magazines, hit the mall, then go to Kohls. My go to source for $20 blazers to wear to work. I would definitely shop at H&M if we had one in our area.
I see AE jeans on almost everyone of every age.
I live in blazers, even wear them on the weekends a lot, so I haunt the sale racks at BR, Ann Taylor and department stores and buy when I see a good price.
The Gap has always classic, trendy-but-basic styles. Express has a lot of good stuff too, but leans more towards a sassier, trendy style (that may look outdated in a couple of years depending on the clothes).
One of my favorite clothing places to shop these days is actually Victoria's Secret. Not the whole silly "PINK!!!!!" thing (ick). But they have super decent-quality clothes without logos. Everything from basic tanks in all kinds of styles to jeans, to casual wrap dresses to sparkly little black dresses, trench coats, leather jackets, shorts etc. Of course, you have to kind of know your sizing and your style, because I'm pretty sure none of the actual VS stores carry the clothing lines. They have a really broad selection of colors and sizes and for the most part are reasonably priced. I'm definitely a fan!
I've never found Old Navy jeans particularly flattering on me but many women love them.I sure love their solid-colored tops (or stripes, just without labels, text, etc). If I find something that looks particularly cute I buy it in several colors (two in white, because of my affinity for wearing my meals).
I'll back up the suggestions of ann taylor (and loft), BR, gap. Happy shopping!