How to dress like an adult

> It doesn’t have to mean stuffy suits and well-pol­ished, flat-footed brogues

The Sun (Malaysia) - - STYLE -

YOU may have just grad­u­ated, started a new job or per­haps your world­view has sim­ply started to ma­ture; ei­ther way, whether you want to or not, you're need to do some se­ri­ous grow­ing up in your 20s and this means your style should too.

While part­ing ways with your youth­ful wardrobe might feel scary, an adult wardrobe doesn't have to mean stuffy suits and well-pol­ished, flat-footed brogues.

Of course, up­grad­ing your look does means you're go­ing to have to do some se­ri­ous wardrobe re­build­ing but luck­ily, Vanessa Fried­man, Fash­ion Di­rec­tor of the New York Times is on hand to help.

She wrote: "As dress­ing rules have re­laxed, and ex­er­cise has im­proved, some of the tra­di­tional re­al­i­ties that used to de­fine adult dress­ing (cov­er­ing up flappy up­per arms or saggy knees, for ex­am­ple) no longer ap­ply.

"But just be­cause you can wear some­thing – just be­cause your legs are good enough, your stom­ach flat enough, your imag­i­na­tion wild enough, your self-im­age young enough – does not mean you should."

So how are you sup­posed to dress? Well, her golden rules of grown-up garb prom­ise to de­velop your look from col­le­giate to fully-fledged adult in just three steps.

Dress to im­press, not dis­tract While you want to make a last­ing im­pres­sion with your style it's im­por­tant for it to not be­come the fo­cus of at­ten­tion. You want your friends or col­leagues to re­mem­ber what you say and not what your clothes say.

Firstly, it's im­por­tant to make sure you have the right fit; fid­dling with loose straps, waist­bands or pulling down a less than de­sir­able hem­line will only serve to make you look and feel un­com­fort­able.

Sim­i­larly, don't wear any­thing too re­veal­ing. You want to be recog­nised for your ideas and not your body parts.

Play dress-up Whether you feel grown-up or not doesn't re­ally mat­ter when it comes to adult dress­ing in­stead it's all about de­cid­ing on a role and dress­ing for the part. This ap­plies more firmly to the work­place of course where you feel you need to be tak­ing se­ri­ously.

If you're still youth­ful at heart, Vanessa sug­gests "play­act­ing at adult­hood un­til your in­side catches up with your out­side".

Sim­ply put, if you want to give the im­pres­sion that you're a spe­cific type of per­son, con­sider what they would wear and fol­low suit with that char­ac­ter in mind. Of course, with this in mind it's still im­por­tant to main­tain a level of per­son­al­ity to your get-up.

Take care of your clothes Up­keep is so im­por­tant when it comes to a grown-up wardrobe and a well-ironed shirt goes a long way. What­ever your style, mak­ing sure your clothes are in tip top con­di­tion avoid­ing stained, wrin­kled or crum­pled up garb like the plague. Vanessa says these are all a tell-tale sign that some­one has "not gone out on their own just yet".

In­stead, learn to iron, sew, fold and in­vest in some good hang­ers. Looked after clothes re­flect a per­son that's val­ued, that's in­de­pen­dent, that's grown-up. – The In­de­pen­dent

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