#10 Fancy Denim
Denim goes through so many trends that it can be hard to even keep track. One year it’s rhinestones, the next year it’s ripped knees and the year after that it’s extreme distressed look. Once you turn 30, your days of catering to jeans trends should be over. Rhinestones on the butt are cutesy on a 21 year old but look sad on an adult.
#9 Ripped Clothing
Jeans are not the only clothes that are being sold ripped and torn. T-shirts, jackets and tops are sometimes “artfully” torn. Only the hip, size 0, 18 to 21 year old models can pull this off. Everyone else just looks like a mess. You’re a professional, not a hobo, so drop the ripped clothing look.
#8 Tube Tops
It’s amazing that tube tops still get made, but obviously people buy them. Every summer the beaches and boardwalks are packed with girls who squeezed themselves into tube tops. This top is always a no, regardless of size, age or looks. Let’s not forget this.
#7 Message T-Shirts
This is a tough one for many to hear, especially since T-shirts bearing messages and slogans are more popular and prevalent than ever before. However, you truly do not need that T-shirt that says “I’m going nucking futs!” Or the one that says, “Even duct tape can’t fix stupid…but it can muffle the sound!” Avoid making yourself look like a college kid – or drawing the attention of the police – and burn those message tees already.
At some point in your mid-20s you should phase out the hottest trends and invest in classic pieces that will last for years. It’s fine to occasionally buy a trendy piece, but limit them to less than 10 percent of your wardrobe. What’s a fashion trend? Anything that comes and goes in a flash, like fringe (only suitable for the rodeo), leopard print (always fashionable for The Lion King), or feathers (definitely great if you are Big Bird). If those situations don’t apply to you, dump the trends.
#5 Vintage Finds
You don’t need to stop thrifting, but it is time to retire a wardrobe based on bohemian vintage threads. What made you look like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl when you were just out of college, now makes you look like an airhead. If you want to be taken seriously, stop wearing dresses made in 1979.
#4 Matched Sets
It’s adorable when little girls and boys where matching pants and shirt sets, or skirts with matching tops. It can even be a good style for a 16 year old ingenue. But nobody should be wearing matching sets over age 18. There are very few circumstances where it could work.
Lace is very “in” this season. Runway models are strutting their stuff with lace tops, lace underwear, lace dresses and more! There are even clothes that attempt to meld materials like leather or vinyl with lace. This is risky and rarely goes well. If you wear too much lace, you risk looking like grandma’s fancy tablecloth. This is one trend to avoid.
Ladies aren’t the only ones who age out of certain fashion accessories. Men, too, must give up some of their cherished pieces. One thing that has got to go are mandals – man sandals – are a popular choice for guys on the go. But they look awful. Grown men need to stick with real shoes, not leather sandals.
Sweats are for children and people who just had surgery. Everyone else can ditch the sweats when they are going on out in public. We know they’re comfortable, but so are shorts and yoga pants, both of which manage to be comfortable without screaming “I am lazy.”