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Feeling Too Mature to Shop Cheap Chic? Here’s How Without Looking Like You Raided Your Teen’s Closet
Fast fashion. That’s what they call what’s offered at retailers like H&M, Forever 21 and Topshop. The clothes appeal to young women and teens because it’s inexpensive and goes from runway to racks in what seems like the blink of an eye. It truly is high fashion ideally suited to teens and twenty-somethings. But for women of, well, a certain age, it’s a land mine of style faux pas waiting to happen because what works for youth doesn’t necessarily work for the rest of us. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t shop those stores. You just have to have a more discerning eye and look past the darling dresses, detail-heavy jackets and trendy tops that would only work if we were 10 or 20 years younger.
Consider these tips:
*Fit is crucial when shopping cheap chic so be sure to try everything on. Look for garments that look more sophisticated than cute. Beware of puffy sleeves, too-short skirts and silhouettes you’ve seen on celebrities and American Idols.
*Think in terms of pieces rather than an entire outfit. The satin blouse for $24.90 might be just what you need to wear under your good suit to liven it up.
*Shop the accessories area often. Jewelry, bags, hats, belts are a quick way to freshen your wardrobe and you have more leeway to have fun. The selection rotates at an amazing pace. Choose carefully and you’ll fool your friends and family into thinking you spent much more for the rope necklace and bangles.
*Places like H&M and Forever 21 are great sources for weekend and vacation finds. The clothes are generally light-hearted, lightweight and light on the wallet. The accessories don’t need a hotel safety deposit box.
*Always remember, if you wore leggings, mini skirts, smock tops or boho dresses the first time around, you’re probably too mature to rock the look again. It’s your teenager’s turn to give it a go.