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    xika5
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    I need tips on how to look older (clothing, hair, etc.)

    I'm 20 years old (female) yet I look much younger. I'm not short, but I have this innocent little girl face and I have a small build. Also I think maybe the clothes I wear aren't helping. I've had the same style for a couple of years now and it's getting boring (jeans, nice young tops). I don't wear my hair down because it's long and it's bothersome to have it all over my face, and I'm not used to it, so I almost always wear it in a pony tail. I wear makeup already. I think it's time for a wardrobe change. I've noticed I tend to buy the same type of clothing over and over...and it's not very "mature" looking. It's pretty young. I want to look more mature, BUT I do not want to look too old, you know? Like I don't want to wear something my mom would, I want to dress mature, but fun and classy. Any suggestions? Maybe you can send me some links on outfits or some stores where I could shop so that I can get an idea. Any advice and input is appreciated. It's sooo frustrating to get mistaken all the time for someone much younger!


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    I'm not too sure what American trends are like, but from what I can tell, unless you're rich and famous, they are pretty sporty and plain.
    A good British fashion at the moment is to wear shirts with waist belts.. Just tie a belt around your thinnest part of your waist and hey presto a sophisticated new look, whilst keeping it quite young. You can wear it with jeans or black trousers/any colour. It's a simple way to look sexy!

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    im sorry, i wont be much help here because i am a guy who does not desire a mature-dressing woman, nor have i seen many in my day, and i really dont have any valuable input..... but i just read this post and i thought you might be my girlfriend...

    anyways, honestly, im as stumped as you are on this whole dressing maturely thing.
    its kind of a grey area right now too.
    i mean, do you wear like, thrift-store-ironic tee shirts or like, tees that have cute things on them?
    to make that more mature, just wear some normal tshirts without graphics and do a sweet job layering them with other coloured tee shirts...
    i dunno, lol.
    like, really, there is no mature style unless you wanna wear a pants-suit.
    but, who wants to be a business woman like that?

    i hope you find something that works for you, but i honestly vote that you should just dress how you think is comfortable and cute

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    I have the same problem.

    Here's what I do-

    Use layers in your wardrobe, coats over dresses. But short coats- not lumpy sweaters.
    Try to wear solids instead of bold patterns.
    Wear heals and dressier shoes instead of sneakers.
    Here's the Key- Accessorize ! But not too much. Choose one piece of antique looking jewelry. Like a long necklace.


    Why not try pinning your hair with barrettes instead of a ponytail. It'll stay off your face and it's easy to do.

    Not sure where you are located- so I'll suggest chain stores that are around most of the country -

    1. Express- They sell lots of sophisticated solids that are classy.

    2. Forever 21- They are chic and classy.

    3. Charlotte Russe- They carry a lot of nice short jackets


    You really could do anywhere- It's pieces you want- clothes that you can wear with more than one thing.

    Hope this helps !

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    Lol no I don't dress like that. In fact I wear what other girls my age would wear but I look so much younger!! I hate my young looking face. That's why, if I can't change my face, then I should change my wardrobe lol. I was thinking maybe to start wearing classier, more sophisticating looking clothes, not too business-y but something more classy like white or black pants with a cute blouse and classier shoes as opposed to flip flobs and sneakers. Btw how old are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangi39 [Register to see the link]
    I have the same problem.

    Here's what I do-

    Use layers in your wardrobe, coats over dresses. But short coats- not lumpy sweaters.
    Try to wear solids instead of bold patterns.
    Wear heals and dressier shoes instead of sneakers.
    Here's the Key- Accessorize ! But not too much. Choose one piece of antique looking jewelry. Like a long necklace.


    Why not try pinning your hair with barrettes instead of a ponytail. It'll stay off your face and it's easy to do.

    Not sure where you are located- so I'll suggest chain stores that are around most of the country -

    1. Express- They sell lots of sophisticated solids that are classy.

    2. Forever 21- They are chic and classy.

    3. Charlotte Russe- They carry a lot of nice short jackets


    You really could do anywhere- It's pieces you want- clothes that you can wear with more than one thing.

    Hope this helps !
    Hey those are good tips! I like the layering suggestion. I just noticed my closet is full of very young looking tops, not mature or professional AT ALL. That idea about pieces that you can wear with more than one thing is a good tip for when I go shopping, thanks!!

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    Sometimes a new look is helped along by starting with the hair!

    I'd avoid plain ponies, long simple cut, headbands, and barrettes.

    Find a good stylist, get a nice cut and maybe a color. You can explain to them what you are going for (young maturing woman, rather than a girl).

    There are also a lot of easy, classic styles you can do with medium length to long hair that can bring sophistication in a cinch. To get you by until your appointment! lol.
    As an example: a french twist, or updo a la Audrey Hepburn instead of a pony.

    My mainstay is a simple french twist with a fairly prominent side part with a bit of make-up and good to go. Young but mature enough to be taken seriously. Example:

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    Anyways, have fun!!

    It's all about you and what you like...so have some fun experimenting! Being your age is a fabulous time to just go wild!

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    What kind of shoes you wearing? Maybe try boots?

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    I think wearing your hair down would make a pretty big difference...

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    Hey, I'm also twenty- nearly 21, and have a very young looking face. I got asked for ID buying a lottery ticket the other day, which would mean that I look under 16! I'm also very small and feel more comfortable in jeans and converse trainers. I've found that a few things that help me look older, which I tend to do when I go out, is to try and wear sophisticated clothes.

    Eg rather than wearing a denim mini skirt or jeans and a brightly coloured t shirt, wear a sophisticated little black dress that emphasises your waist and bust and add a delicate fitted cardigan and heels. Fitted blouses and black blazer style jackets also look grown up, and can be made less 'business' like by wearing with jeans.

    If you don't want to wear heels all the time but find trainers, or as you americans say 'sneakers' to childish, try some pretty pumps or shoes with a very small heel. I'd also recommend wearing your hair down. Hope this helps! And remember, we'll be the ones who will look 10 years younger when we're old

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