Style Resolution: Dress Like An Adult

Julie Gerstein | January 25, 2012 - 3:00 pm

My name is Julie, and I have a problem: I don’t know how to dress like an adult.

Maybe I should have listened when my mom warned that becoming a vegetarian at age 13 would stunt my growth. Even if she was wrong, I’m only 5 feet tall. And this has presented some “interesting” style challenges. For one, everything has to get hemmed. Another: It feels nearly impossible to look like a real, actual legitimate grownup.

Partially, this is because my short but curvy figure looks best in party dresses designed for 22-year-olds (I’m talking waist-pinching ’50s style flounces), and partially because my life and job don’t really require things like business suits. But this presents a conundrum: I can wear whatever I want, and my style hasn’t changed much since I was in my mid-20s. My closet is full of vintage Victorian-style shirts and A-line dresses, vintage boots and wedge heels. What happens if I turn into one of those scary older ladies who claws at her last vestiges of youth by shopping at Forever 21 when she’s double that age?

So my style resolution is to dress my friggin’ age.

As a 33-year-old, though. I’m not sure what that really means. A quick perusal of famous 33-year-olds includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Christina Hendricks and Kim Zolciak (whoa, Kim Zolciak!?), so that really doesn’t help. And, like I said, there’s no point in telling me to wear suits, because I don’t live a lifestyle that requires that. Does adult dressing have to equal boring? What would you recommend I do to dress more like a grown-ass woman and less like a pixie-fied young girl?