Q. I am 21 years old and have been often told that I look like I'm 15! I want to look my age and dress up a bit with heels but I always end up wearing t-shirts, jeans and sneakers because I can never put together a girly, comfortable outfit. How can I achieve a look to show off the older girly side of me while being comfortable at the same time?
-21 going on 15
A. When you get to be in your thirties, you’ll be thankful that you look younger, so take care of your skin to prolong the 6-years-younger look. I can't make this suggestion stronger: make sure there is sunscreen in your daily moisturizer.
On to clothes...you seem to know what is appropriate for your age, but you keep grabbing what feels safe. Dark jeans are stylish for every age, but add a strappy heel or patent wedge with a cute top for a Saturday night out. For day, make gradual changes by wearing a skirt and a dress at least once a week. They can be casual, flirty pieces, but guaranteed you’ll feel more like a girl then a young tomboy. As for sneakers, each time you go to tie them on, make a switch and slip on a cute flat instead. And be sure you sport colorful or stylish “trainers” with your jeans rather than your sneakers meant for running or to the gym. Stylish New Yorkers would be lost without two pairs of run-around fun sneakers in our closet that are just meant for pairing with weekend wear.
Start with causal dresses or skirts that you can wear with sandals or espadrilles and you'll be well on your way to dressing your age:
dresses and skirts, left to right: Lacoste Colortip Crossback Dress, $145 at urbanoutfitters.com; Free People Diagonal Floral Print Dress, $128 at urbanoutfitters.com; Ruby Rox Ruched Poplin Tube Dress, $48 at nordstrom.com; Necessary Objects Seersucker Skirt, $48 at nordstrom.com; Kira Skirt, $34.50 at delias.com; Lux Knit Deep V Tie Back Dress, $29.99 at at urbanoutfitters.com