At the end of 2011 (30th December, to be exact!) I turned 26. I’ve always been ‘an old head on young shoulders’ (as my mum would say), and over the last few months I’ve noticed my taste in clothing is maturing, too.
The girly, vintage look is popular in fashion blogging and was a real favourite of mine – nothing could come between me and my floral tea dresses. But recently, I find myself favouring clean lines, classic colours and graphic prints over anything cutesy. I’m visiting French Connection (where I got this amazing coat reduced from £200 to £80 – thanks to Laura from WIT for the heads up!), Uniqlo, Cos and Zara much more, and making a beeline for the basics.
There’s a notion that as we get older, we should be dressing more conservatively. Once we’re ticking that 26-35 box (or the one after it), should we be swapping the flirty florals for sombre suits and sensible shoes? Well, no. Of course not. But as I move further away from my early twenties, I can see the definite shift in my style. It’s not about becoming boring or safe or ‘classic’, but about being a bit more comfortable in your clothing. It’s about knowing what suits you and what doesn’t (hello midi skirts!). And it’s about experimenting less, (hopefully) avoiding those mistakes, and really understanding your wardrobe.
How has your style changed as you’ve gotten older? Have you noticed a sartorial shift, or do you dress the same way now as you did at 18? (And if you’re still 18… I’m jealous!)