An Appropriate Wardrobe for Late 20's

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I am in my late 20's trying to figure out what is age appropriate at this point in time. For example should a person in their late 20's wear short shorts (they go above the knee)? If not what shorts are appropriate, or should shorts not be worn at all??
As long as nothing is hanging out of the back, I see no reason why you can't wear short shorts in your late 20s. I'm approaching my mid-30s, and he only reason I don't wear shorts is because I'm very self-conscious of my weight. Granted, if I did wear shorts, I would probably look for a 2-3 inch inseam, but again, I'm pretty much in my mid-30s.

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I'm 30 and if I had the legs for it, I'd wear short shorts. If it's flattering, I say go for it! I do think there is a limit - ie don't wear cropped shirts, but that goes for any age over 3

I am in my late 20's trying to figure out what is age appropriate at this point in time. For example should a person in their late 20's wear short shorts (they go above the knee)? If not what shorts are appropriate, or should shorts not be worn at all??
Originally Posted by risos
Aw, you can wear shorts! I wouldn't suggest wearing booty shorts outside the club, but that goes for any age.
I'm 28 and I wear short-shorts, but I usually buy them a size bigger so they are not tight and short. And yeah, if a slice of bum is hanging out, I will pass.

I pretty much wear exactly the same things I wore in my early 20s, I just don't wear them the same way

Example:
Spaghetti strap cami + jeans or Short-shorts + over sized loose top not Spaghetti strap cami + short-shorts

Just my personal preference as my taste evolves!
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Tina Turner wears mini skirts and she's in her 60s now? Late 20s is still the 20s, so there is nothing wrong with wearing "short" shorts if you want to. I still wear graphic tees & I'll be 28 in 3 days. It's what I like to wear. Probably why I get carded all the time too.
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I only became concerned about dressing too young once I hit 33.

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46 and still rockin' the short shorts, not to be confused with booty shorts. Not tight, no cheek showing, and never with a tight or revealing top or high heels. I mostly just wear them at home, though.

Depends upon where you're going and what kind of image you want to project more so than simply your age. Also, it depends on what is flattering for your body specifically and your comfort level. I work hard on my legs, and they're my best feature, so I'm not hiding them because someone somewhere thinks I should because of my age.
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I'm 30, and like most 30-year-olds, I work. It isn't that I think certain things are inappropriate once I turn a certain age - it's that most workplaces are very restrictive on dress. Even on my days off, apparel like strappy tops and short shorts that I wore in my early 20's do not seem appropriate because I'm used to wearing dress pants all the time and feel a little silly with so much showing. I don't really have any major changes in my body yet from age so I suppose I could still pull those things off, but I feel like part of being an adult is leaving the fun wardrobe behind. I guess it would be different if I worked in a less conservative environment, but how it is now, I try to look at least semi-conservative 95% of the time. By that, I mean I wear shorts but most of them are longer than mid-thigh, and I usually don't wear any strappy tops or sleeveless things. I've never worn sleeveless styles anyway unless it is strappy or an aerobic-type shirt because of my skinny arms. I may wear those if it's really hot out and I'm doing just errands or going to the park, a fest or something. I sometimes think it's a little unfair that I can't express myself through my dress as much as I'd like, but that's life.
I'm 30, and like most 30-year-olds, I work. It isn't that I think certain things are inappropriate once I turn a certain age - it's that most workplaces are very restrictive on dress. Even on my days off, apparel like strappy tops and short shorts that I wore in my early 20's do not seem appropriate because I'm used to wearing dress pants all the time and feel a little silly with so much showing. I don't really have any major changes in my body yet from age so I suppose I could still pull those things off, but I feel like part of being an adult is leaving the fun wardrobe behind. I guess it would be different if I worked in a less conservative environment, but how it is now, I try to look at least semi-conservative 95% of the time. By that, I mean I wear shorts but most of them are longer than mid-thigh, and I usually don't wear any strappy tops or sleeveless things. I've never worn sleeveless styles anyway unless it is strappy or an aerobic-type shirt because of my skinny arms. I may wear those if it's really hot out and I'm doing just errands or going to the park, a fest or something. I sometimes think it's a little unfair that I can't express myself through my dress as much as I'd like, but that's life.
Originally Posted by NorahBugg
Sounds more like it's a choice...You said that you dress conservatively because of your job, but then you said you dress conservatively outside of your job too. (let me interject and say that I'm not really sure what "conservative" means here...I get business professional, but when people say "conservative" I think Amish..heh).

I don't think adults should have to leave "fun" outfits behind--but that's just my opinion! You have to do what makes you comfortable, of course. It would just suck if you're restricting yourself because of what you think other people think you should be wearing.

I'm 22 and I know how to dress for a fun weekend, or a weekday happy hour without compromising my professional, "office" attire. They're not really tough to separate!
I'm 30, and like most 30-year-olds, I work. It isn't that I think certain things are inappropriate once I turn a certain age - it's that most workplaces are very restrictive on dress. Even on my days off, apparel like strappy tops and short shorts that I wore in my early 20's do not seem appropriate because I'm used to wearing dress pants all the time and feel a little silly with so much showing. I don't really have any major changes in my body yet from age so I suppose I could still pull those things off, but I feel like part of being an adult is leaving the fun wardrobe behind. I guess it would be different if I worked in a less conservative environment, but how it is now, I try to look at least semi-conservative 95% of the time. By that, I mean I wear shorts but most of them are longer than mid-thigh, and I usually don't wear any strappy tops or sleeveless things. I've never worn sleeveless styles anyway unless it is strappy or an aerobic-type shirt because of my skinny arms. I may wear those if it's really hot out and I'm doing just errands or going to the park, a fest or something. I sometimes think it's a little unfair that I can't express myself through my dress as much as I'd like, but that's life.
Originally Posted by NorahBugg
Sounds more like it's a choice...You said that you dress conservatively because of your job, but then you said you dress conservatively outside of your job too. (let me interject and say that I'm not really sure what "conservative" means here...I get business professional, but when people say "conservative" I think Amish..heh).

I don't think adults should have to leave "fun" outfits behind--but that's just my opinion! You have to do what makes you comfortable, of course. It would just suck if you're restricting yourself because of what you think other people think you should be wearing.

I'm 22 and I know how to dress for a fun weekend, or a weekday happy hour without compromising my professional, "office" attire. They're not really tough to separate!
Originally Posted by AmberBrown
By "semi-conservative," I mean what I said - no short shorts or strappy, low tops. I don't dress how I dress at the office to go shopping or biking, for example. It's not so much a choice as a responsibility I feel I have to maintain a certain image in public. In case I run into clients or co-workers, which in a small town, I often do, I don't want to wear something that I'm going to feel uncomfortable about in front of them. They're older, I look younger than my age already, so I want to give off a mature image. For me, it is "tough to separate."

22 is also much different than 30. I'm not trying to sound condescending, and it is hard to explain, but I think young 20-somethings have different expectations put on them in general. More weight has been put on my shoulders in the past decade or so, in work and family life mostly, and that has transferred over to all aspects of my life. I still gravitate to a lot of the same clothes I liked 10 years ago, and probably would look fine in them, but I feel my dress should reflect who I am today even if I'm not entirely happy with my life right now (I'm really not, but I have no way of changing things now.).
I'm 32 and wear shorts and the same stuff as before but better brands and quality since I have more money. My style is pretty much the same. I don't believe in age rules. You can look good in it or not regardless of age.
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Norabugg- like the other poster said, it sounds more like a choice. I am older than you, have to dress professionally at work and I do hate it, it doesn't represent me likee u said. But outside work my wardrobe is very different and I have no problem separating. I shop at forever 21, guess, etc and then banana republic etc for my boring work clothes.
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I'm 23 and for what it's worth, I wouldn't look at someone older than me wearing "revealing" clothes and think, that's inappropriate, dress your age!

Though, for the record, I do sometimes think it's a tad obnoxious seeing women in their 40s and 50s wearing the same clothes as their teenage daughters ... Not so much because it's not age-appropriate as because it's probably not cute or classy on the teenage girl either, but the adult is supposed to know better!
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I think you can wear shorts at any age as long as it looks tasteful on you. For example I don't think nobody in there right mind would intentionally put on booty shorts (butt all out) unless you are trying to attract attention or at bike week in Myrtle Beach, SC. None the less I'm almost 25 and I still like to were shorts, but make sure they are not too short, which is pinky length for me. Also I like my outfits to have balance, so if I'm wearing shorts, I'll wear a top that's not revealing. But those are my thoughts

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I'm 26 and I'll wear shorts and tank tops for as long as I live in Texas! I think "age" appropriate starts becoming more of a big deal after 35 or so when you're not quite young but not quite "old" either. My sisters are 19 and 20 and we all dress pretty much the same and no one would call us trashy looking and no one would call me out for my age either.
Shorts... I think they can be tastefully worn at any age. I don't wear them just because I prefer skirts or a dress. But I've seen women of all different ages wearing shorts that look very tasteful (no private areas hanging out) they look just fine. Just find some that look nice on you and are comfortable..that's all.
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I don't like shorts. I stopped wearing them when I hit about 28 or 29. just didn't seem right anymore
I'm 38 and I still wear shorts...and yes, sometimes shorter than mid-thigh. I'm starting to get a little cellulite on the backs of my legs so I keep that in mind and check the mirror from multiple angles before I leave out.

But I see no reason to stop wearing shorts.

I've read experts saying women should stop after they hit 30.

That's crazy! Thirty is still young!
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I will still wear my short shorts when I am in my 30s and beyond. I'll only stop wearing stuff like that when I start to feel uncomfortable doing so. I'm 23 and I would never walk around in a crop top or a bralet like some of my friends do, even though I could. I think how you dress depends on how you feel and what you think looks appropriate on you, no matter your age.

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