Wednesday, April 10, 2013


At the beginning of January, I put together a wishlist for 2013. The list has helped me from buying everything in sight, and it has also helped me to shop around, rather than settling. One item on my list was a light purple sweater. I considered buying the Tippi sweater from J. Crew in January when it was on sale, but I wanted full length sleeves, so I kept looking. 

Then I found this one on Old Navy's website. I wasn't ready to give $30, so I waited for a sale. And I waited. And I waited. And then one day it dropped down to $12 and then finally there was a "take an additional 30% off" promotion. Then the sweater was mine, and I checked off one item from my list.

Occasion: Attending Lecture
Sweater: Old Navy {exact}
Shirt: Gap (c/o Mom) {similar}
Necklace: via Amazon {same style}
Pants: Old Navy {similar, option}
Boots: Rory Slouch by Lower East Side via Payless

I haven't worn these pants in a while because I feel somewhat juvenile every time I do. Part of me thinks I can get away with it since I'm still in school (albeit grad school) and I only wear them to class, and not on days I teach. The other part of me thinks that I am too old to be wearing these. What do you think? What is proper attire for a 25 year old (almost 26, ugh) woman? What does it mean to "dress your age"? Do you ever struggle with this question? I'd really love to know how you determine what is appropriate for your age, and whether you even believe such a thing exists.

[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy]


  1. Love your purple sweater! Such a fun & springy color!

  2. We are so much alike when it comes to holding out for a good sale. It was well worth the wait because I love the sweater and the color.

    As far as the pants and dressing your age...good question. Since I am 35 I have a fine line that I walk on when it comes to dressing age appropriate. I still really like a lot of the "younger" looks that Kayla likes, but cropped tops for example are not my thing. Mini skirts are a no go and string bikinis are a no go for me. Most other things are fair game if I can make it work for me and I feel good in something.

    Your pants don't look juvenile at all with the way you styled them with the button up and oxford.

  3. cute! love the necklace :)

  4. ahh, i ordered this same sweater during the same promo and am anxiously awaiting it to come in the mail! i love it on you and am so glad we are still having chilly weather where i live and i'll be able to wear it yet this winter! :) oh man, i can't believe i just referred to the season where i live as still being WINTER (but it's true).

  5. I love the color of your sweater, and such a good deal! It's perfect with your pants!


  6. nice outfit! I really love your necklace!

  7. I have that awesome sweater in the mint color! Isn't it so soft and comfortable?! Love the necklace girl!

  8. That is a great sweater and such a good price
    I'd totally wear those pants and I'm 35. I think it's all how in how you style them
    I need to make a list of things I need. What a great idea!

  9. Nice sweater and an amazing price!
    I don't think age matters in fashion. As long as it is appropriate (no crop tops/ miniskirts etc...) and
    you are confident in what you are wearing. I am older than you and I would definitely wear those pants.
    The outfit looks great on you.


  10. I dont think these pants are for someone younger. I really like them! However, i would agree they are too casual for a teaching day.
    Great find on the sweater. I could learn some bargain shopping tips from you!

  11. First of all, way to go on waiting for the perfect style and price for that sweater!

    I think "age appropriate" dressing is a very subjective thing. For example, I think the polka dot pants are great, and totally appropriate for you. I agree with what Heather said, about making it work for your own style, and feeling good/comfortable in whatever you are wearing. So if the polka dot pants make you feel immature, then maybe you shouldn't wear them, but I don't think the average person would see you in this outfit and think you look juvenile.

    Also, I think some of the things I don't wear anymore are more because of my life changing than just my age. For example, I might have worn shorter skirts when I was in college, but at that point, I was mostly wearing skirts to "go out", so a shorter skirt was (arguably) appropriate for that setting. Now I mostly wear skirts to work, so I have more knee-length options. Some of my shorter skirts are relegated to only being worn on the weekend, or only with tights.

    Was my answer long enough for you??

  12. I love that sweater! I am so impressed that you waited around for the actual sweater you wanted to go on sale - I won't pay full price for things I want, but then I completely forget about the item that I was eyeing :( I need to make a Pinterest board for the items that I want at the beginning of the season or something so I can continue to watch for them to go on sale...

    As far as age appropriateness goes.. I think I feel the same way you do. I'm 26 and I work on a college campus and I hate looking younger than I am, so I tend to try trends carefully. I'm thinking maybe it's because we are in positions that we want to be seen as a little older? Maybe when we're 35 we'll want to try every "young" trend out there? All I know is that it is definitely something I have thought about a lot!

  13. That necklace is amazing!

    Jillian -

  14. Oooh, girl, I totally feel you about the whole "dressing your age" thing. I want people to respect me and take me seriously but also look youthful and fun. It's such a fine line!!

  15. I love the way the green pops on your sweater!

  16. Hi Kate. I'm 53, and might wear patterned pants, but I would tone it down with a longer top. But really if you look good and feel good (which is really the point), go for it!


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