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Sometimes I feel as if I'm caught between dressing like a little girl (pinafores, peter pan collars, etc) and an old lady, but really what is one in their twenties supposed to wear? Stilettos and pencil skirts? Or the ubiquitous jeans and tee shirt? I'm not really concerned with dressing my age--it's much more fun to just wear clothes that make me excited to get dressed, but still I do wonder. Is there a uniform for ladies in their twenties that I missed the memo on? Oh and yes, this is my new old lady jacket. It's not vintage, but it makes me want to dress very matchy and retro and complain about kids today.

Outfit details:
Topshop dress
DKNY heels

38 comments:

Teddi said...

rebecca, i don't care how anyone defines it, you look wonderful!

mardijane said...

I worry about this too! But eh, if I like the clothes I'll wear them. I have been called a grandmother before though, and that stung a little bit. But they're so pretty, and these shots certainly don't seem too mature for a person in her twenties!

xx Becoming Urban

Frannie Pantz said...

This is EXACTLY why I love style blogs. I am 30 and I don't know about the whole "dress your age" thing. Surely I can't get away with the butt revealing denim mini anymore, but what is it I am "supposed to" wear? I don't know and I don't care.

Further, I think you always look great. So classy and ladylike always. I adore your love of dresses and chunky heels. And your cardigans and/or jackets are always very fetching!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Probably we're all supposed to dress "sexy" or some boring thing. I feel like you can actually get away with most things in your twenties, and that if there's a time to wear the little ruffly dresses you were too insecure to wear as a teenager, this is it. I'm in my late twenties now, and I've kind of put a freeze on buying the little-girl reminiscent stuff since it might be a bit silly in my thirties... so I'm currently envying everyone who's still early-to-mid twenties.

I suppose these are self-imposed distinctions... I'm definitely glad you don't wear pencil skirts and stilettos however!

black and brown shoes said...

I really love this outfit!! and I feel exactly the same way. People either tell me i dress like a little girl or a grandma most of the time but your right and you should wear clothes that you're excited about.

Gwyneth said...

I definitely feel the same about getting dressed! So much easier and fun to wear whatever I like than focus on something seemingly 'age-appropriate!' The dress and jacket here are so dreamy. I love the intense purple!

Gwyneth xo

Sierra said...

So cute! This outfit doesn't say "old lady" to me whatsoever. All I see is a lovely twenty-something who is confident enough to wear whatever colors/patterns make her happy! You look great :)

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Joanna said...

Uniform for ladies in their twenties: sock bun, tight skinny dark wash jeans, a ruched blazer, and over the knee boots or stilettos. But that can get so boring!

I'm with you!
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Megan said...

That dress is a dream! I think I dress like an old lady sometimes, too. But who cares? That's FASHION. Love that jacket.
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MintJulep said...

When I was in my 20's I used to wear gothic like clothes all the time, or else grungy/Metalhead style. The girls I worked with - in their 20's as well - all wore the uniform of the white shirt with pant suit. That made me gag, really. So to me you dress perfectly well for one in their 20's, you're charming and original, unique and stylish. If there is a uniform for girls in their 20's I dunno what it is, I'm still trying to find the one for girls pushing on 40...

Cara said...

Goegeous colour of dress and I am absolutely in love with those heels!
Cara x

Mariana said...

What a beautiful jacket!! The colors are just perfect, Is it a light jacket? Or is it quite warm? I'm in need for a spring jacket myself, and those colors just made me smile!

SoFashionistica said...

I'm in the last year of my twenties and I'm constantly wondering how to dress my age too!! I really dislike the fact that because we are in our twenties it means we have to dress sexy or look a certain way. I hate this kind of stereotype and I think that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE should wear what they want, when they want.

Sarah Thigpen said...

I've been looking at these dresses and thinking about getting one like it. They're basic and simple and completely perfect. But, they all look so short on the model and I don't want to have to go through the day worried about my dress flying up. I live in Alabama so leggings or tights aren't realistic during the spring and summer. How short are they really? Are they a comfortable length?

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Sarah Thigpen, I'm sorry but I don't understand your question. You say "these dresses" but I'm only wearing one dress in this post; a Topshop dress that isn't available on their site anymore b/c it's from last summer. So, I can't really answer your question unless you are more specific about the dress/brand you're referring to.
If you are concerned about skirt length then Modcloth has a "longer lengths" section. Also, Trashy Diva dresses are always knee length or longer.

Yajaira said...

love purple - cute jacket
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Indy said...

Kids today...

Did I ever tell you about the time...

Back in my day...

Haha, whatever you decide to do today, you will look beautiful doing it!

Vanessa :P said...

Agreed! A few days ago I just turned the decade but all through my 20's and still now I don't know how to "dress my age" or what that means. I must say that your aesthetic appeals to me much more than other "fashion" bloggers (as in" so because I'm 20-something-going-on-30 I must wear 6" heels with skinny jeans, silky tops and blazers with the sleeves pushed up and a chunky gold watch" type bloggers who all look the same.)

Eden said...

I love this post! I feel the same way. I have decided to just go with it, whatever "it" happens to be each day. Love your new coat, too :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the jacket when it's buttoned down! so cute on you! and keep living to surprise your age ;)

Kokos said...

You look like a cute little forest fairy ^^

The Braided Bandit said...

I was just discussing this the other night! I was saying how it was really strange that when I actually WAS a little girl, I more dressed like a little boy (I was a huge tomboy- sweats and printed leggings were my 80s child main staples)! And now at age 25, I wear bows and lacy collars, things that an 8 year old girl would surely adorn herself with! I think that there really should be no "dress your age" (unless it maybe is dressing inappropriately for your age?) I think that you should wear whatever you think is beautiful and make you feel your best! You are surely doing so here, I love the aging building against the purple and the lighting is beautiful! Thanks Rebecca for doing your thing and being so inspiring!
xo Hannah

Kitsune-kun said...

ha! I have the exact same thought process quite frequently as I go through my closet...then I just watch Pierrot le Fou and I think......YES.

Kristian said...

Haha! Like everyone else, I totally always wonder that too. it was fun to read all comments see what people do or do not wear though.... My guess is it probably depends on what a person's job is to certain extent, though I free time...who know? Everyone of every age wears the same thing where I am from and that is jeans, hoodies and baseball caps. Do what makes you happy!

Emily Peebles said...

I have the same dilemma! I don't even know what the typical '20s dress code is. My mind always jumps to stilettos and pencil skirts like you said. Whatever the case, I love how the purple in your dress matches the bits of purple in your coat almost exactly!

Constance said...

The setting of this photo shoot is amazing!

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Kimberellie said...

In my twenties (which SADLY I just left...boo...;-). I wore whatever I felt like. Sometimes I dressed really formally...pencil skirts, etc..business casual. Than other times (years, months, what have you) I would wear more "sporty" clothes. Or sometimes ultrafeminine clothes, and sometimes rock and roll(esque) type clothes. And so forth, and so on. So for me, my 20s were about finding my style (which I THINK I've found...but maybe I'm just in a new phase that will soon(ish) be over?

You seem to have your personal style already down! So you're ahead of the game. If it is a game. Hmm...regardless, you look lovely. And I love the nude heels with that outfit.

Perhaps your 20s are about following trends? I don't know. But I do know this: after you have children you have to say a sad goodbye to short skirts (unless you can afford to hire someone to follow you around and pick up your toddler every time he/she wanders away...I should get on that).

I'm Apple said...

wow, you never fail to amaze me. you are so lovely :)

Jewel said...

Lovely. xx

daria said...

Oh, the jacket, the jacket! I love Darling items, they have the sweetest prints. As for age-appropriate dressing, it's probably only valid from 30+ onwards :))

Une parisienne... said...

This outfit is very nice, I love the color of your dress and it goes very good with this jacket. It's just perfect
Kiss from Paris
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Christine Wallace said...

I regularly wonder where I'm supposed to be shopping as a 27-year-old. You look fabulous in every photo you post, so I'd say you're wearing exactly what your supposed to be wearing. :)

Jennifer said...

I absolutely adore the purple dress. And you know what? If you can pull something off, I think that's reason enough to wear it. :)

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Jamie Rose said...

I think in your 20's you're just supposed to wear things that express yourself. At least, that's what I'm doing! And I'm sure that's what you do as well. You always look great.

I love how you styled that jacket. Your purple dress is adorable too. Such a great shape to it.

Daisy said...

I adore purple and you look lovely in it. The Topshop dress is such a perfect shape too.

Traveling in Flats said...

I absolutely love everything about this look. I wish I could steal all of the pieces from your closet!

- Nita
travelinginflats.blogspot.com

dandeliion said...

Cute!

Rachel said...

I don't think that that jacket is old ladyish at all! I mean, when you button it, maybe, but not really. I think it's great and I kind of really want it. :)