How to Dress Young

While I want to be stylish, I have to admit it’s also time to look age-appropriate.

The good thing about being 41: I can actually buy the real designer stuff that 20-somethings can only dream about via knockoffs from Uniqlo or Forever 21.

The bad part of being 41: Do I even have to say it?

This should be self-explanatory. I. Am. 41.

Don’t rub it in.

I recently ran across some good tips on what to wear to look young, and they are worth repeating.

Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

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  • Wear jeans, but wear the right jeans.

Never, ever these:


Or these:


This is what you want:



The reason these Madewell jeans are perfect is that they are dark, understated, and look great while not detracting from the whole outfit.




  • Don’t over-accessorize. You want to look cool and casual, not like you’re emulating a Christmas tree. 
  • Even if you’ve got the body for it, don’t ever, ever wear anything like this:


This is hideous. If you are old enough to have graduated from college, this brand is not for you.

  • Consider a pair of slim-fitting, black ankle pants. That may sound scary, but a pair like this that fits well is surprisingly flattering and versatile.


  • Wear fun kicks. Like these:

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  • Pile on delicate jewelry. Three chain necklaces at once? Ok. A stack of bangles? Also ok. But see above about not emulating a Christmas tree. 
  • Wear hip glasses. Like these:



These rainbow Alain Mikli frames are mine. Never fail, they inspire compliments.

Most of the time, I am unsure if I am cool enough to wear them.

P.S. Here’s another take on what’s age appropriate.










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