The Biggest Fashion Mistakes Most Early 20-Somethings Make
You open up your Facebook page, and a reminder instantly pops up: Here’s what you were up to seven years ago. Social media sites highlight the crazy-amazing years of your early 20s, but along with those memories comes a reminder of the things you wore on all of your adventures. If you're like us, there were plenty of fashion moments that should have stayed in the past where they belong.
Now that we're (hopefully) a little wiser, we've learned a lesson or two about the things that we wore (and still wear today). Our editors spilled the major mistakes of their early 20s, in all their hilarious and sometimes awkward glory. Now, before you read them, say it with us: never again.
Read on to check out what we had to say, then chime in on your biggest regrets in regard to fashion!
"Mastering the art of the interview outfit is tricky. When I was in college, I didn't own a particularly professional wardrobe, and I'm sure that what I wore to my early internship interviews didn't score me any points. These days, my attitude is that it's always better to go too professional than not professional enough." — Aemilia Madden, editor
"I was an assistant at a magazine in my early 20s and clearly wasn't raking in the big bucks. I could barely afford my rent (or my cereal), let alone the shoes I wanted. Well, because I was under the impression that I had to have the It shoes of the moment (hey, I was working full time in the fashion industry), I bought them anyway. (They were Christian Louboutin, by the way.) While they were (and still are!) incredibly beautiful, it's not smart to throw all of your money away. It's best to think about the future and only buy what you can afford—especially because you can buy so many gorgeous shoes these days at such affordable prices." — Bobby Schuessler, editorial director
"I've learned the hard way that it's very important to buy shoes that properly fit—especially heels. During my college days, I would go from party to party in shoes that were uncomfortable and probably the wrong size, but I didn't care as long as I looked chic! I've definitely done some damage to my bones and have unfortunate scars from loads of cuts and blisters (which are not so chic)." — Sarah King, community manager, INF
Ganni Charron Checked Cotton-Blend Seersucker Maxi Dress ($295)
Dress for the present. You want to look your best in the moment—don't leave pieces you love gathering dust in your closet.
"I used to only buy weekend clothes versus office-appropriate clothing. This led to many struggles each weekday as I attempted to get ready for work with a closet of all casual items. Now I spend more money buying items I can wear both to work and on the weekend." — Lauren Eggertsen, associate editor
"When I was in my early 20s and living in NYC, I couldn't fathom the thought of buying an ironing board/iron and storing it in my shoe box–size room, let alone actually ironing—so I didn't. Well, that was a mistake. It's never a good look to walk out in wrinkly clothes (especially when you work in fashion!). Yes, it was a hassle to iron, but if I could tell anything to my early-20s self, it would be Bobby, suck it up and iron." — Bobby Schuessler, editorial director
"When I was younger, I would change my style for a first date based on what I thought my date would like. It's embarrassing to admit, but I'd often make my look more approachable and subtly more feminine. I stopped doing that when I realized I was conveying a much less interesting style persona that wasn't even truly me!" — Kat Collings, editor in chief
"When I got my first job out of college, I was still living at home and didn't have any real expenses. I pretty much threw away my first paychecks on fast-fashion pieces and 'office-appropriate' clothes that weren't worth the investment since my real goal was eventually to work for a fashion publication. (Spoiler alert: I did.) I wish I had the insight to start spending more thoughtfully at a younger age and build a wardrobe that would stand the test of time a bit more. Still working on it!" — Gina Marinelli, senior news editor
Isabel Marant Pleyel Belted Denim Jacket ($755)
Office wear doesn't have to be boring. A cool jacket can add a sophisticated touch to a simple look.
Now that you've heard all about our mistakes, read on for an outfit idea that's a genius decision instead (we promise)!
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