While we want our skin, hair, and other features to keep their youthful glow, we don’t want our current wardrobe to reflect our high school or college years. There’s a major difference between having great style and copying the younger generation on every trend – especially when it comes to silhouettes!
If you're struggling to find that middle ground between fashionable and age-appropriate, you’re not alone. Style influencer @beingjulia has a great TikTok series on pieces you should include in your wardrobe in your mid-to-late 20s, without compromising on style or comfort. Even if workwear makes up the majority of your wardrobe, there are plenty of ways to have great style without looking like you’re heading to the club after work.
Here are six items you should get rid of if you are over 25, plus our recommendations for updated alternatives. Let’s get into it!
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1. Ripped Jeans
Ripped jeans may have been cute and stylish in college, but they have no place in your updated wardrobe. Along the same lines, avoid oversized or baggy jeans, which don’t flatter your shape or add anything to your overall look.
Instead, swap your ripped jeans for a classic pair of straight jeans. These are just as easy to style, and your outfit will look elevated and age appropriate. Investing in a few pairs of higher-quality denim in a dark and a light wash will instantly upgrade your entire wardrobe and last for years to come.
2. Giant Oversized T-Shirts and Sweatshirts
An oversized piece is cute and easy to style, but avoid giant T-shirts and sweatshirts that do nothing for your body or your look. Especially when paired with too-short biker shorts, this look crosses the line from cute athleisure to sloppy. The focus is to upgrade your style, not hide it!
Instead, choose tees with interesting sleeves. For instance, a drop-shoulder version is a fun play on the basic T-shirt and will offer the same comfort without the shapeless style.
3. Ultra Crop Tops
A subtly cropped shirt is a basic you need in your wardrobe, especially with high-waist trousers or jeans. However, those itty bitty shirts you wore on Friday nights in college? To the donate pile they go!
Instead, opt for a floral or satin blouse to give you the same nightlife vibe with an updated and sophisticated touch. Easy to style with jeans, trousers, or a skirt, this will quickly become your most worn top!
4. Tie-Front Tops
This style of top shows a lot of skin, reveals undergarments, and just looks too young for a sophisticated woman with great style. The overall look is giving sorority girl vibes.
Instead, jacquard floral tops are a great way to add color and interest to your basic outfits without baring it all. They are easy to style with straight-leg denim and sandals, and make the perfect weekend outfit.
5. Graphic Tees
For an elevated wardrobe, you don’t need graphic T-shirts. These shirts appeal to a younger generation and are typically styled in a way that appears frumpy.
Instead, update your wardrobe with high-quality, solid color tees. These tops can be worn just like a graphic tee, are perfect for the office, and upgrade your daily looks without compromising on comfort.
6. Micro Mini Skirts
Even if you bought tickets to see Taylor Swift, get rid of any micro mini skirts you still have in your wardrobe. These skirts are impossible to style in an updated way and, honestly, really have no place in anyone's wardrobe!
Instead, opt for a satin or silk midi skirt. This upgrade in fabric and length, however small, makes a huge difference in your overall look. These skirts can also be styled for almost any occasion and are flattering on all body types.
If you’re over 25, there are a few pieces you should get rid of in order to update your closet and personal style. Thankfully, this task leads to a style upgrade, not a downgrade!
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