Turning 25 feels like a pivotal point in life for pretty much everyone. While it’s no longer acceptable to make college-level decisions, you’re in the midst of one of the most vibrant, youthful decades of your life. Feeling the quarter-life crisis is real, but trust us, you’re not alone.
This poignant article from The Atlantic appropriately titled 25 is the New 21 discusses the new, wider age range of adolescence, resulting largely from extended financial dependence on our parents. But the quarter-life crisis goes beyond just financial standings (even though for most, that accounts for a huge chunk of the feelings of panic). Rather, we’re referring to 25-year-olds who are in the process of finding out who they and what they want from life.
It could be your personal style you’re trying to work on. Or you could be honing in on your positive personality traits and working on your not-so-perfect qualities. Maybe you are having a hard time figuring out what career path to take. This goes beyond the “new year, new me” thing; you’re deciding how to close out your first quarter-century of life, and how to start the next chapter.
To help you get through this not-so-scary (we promise) point in your lives, we’ve rounded up quotes and accounts of fashion influencers about age and a list of 25 things we think are going to be necessary now that you’re 25. Or reaching 25. Or past 25. Who cares, let’s just celebrate our 20s in style!
Keep scrolling for wisdom nuggets from influencers on how to reach 25 in style!
Fashion Influencers & The Concept of Age
In 1975, Wintour, a yet more adventurous 25-year-old, hit Manhattan in the midst of New York's decadent decade and the feminist revolution. After a brief run as a junior fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar, Wintour became the one-woman fashion department at Viva.
"I worked for American Harper's Bazaar... they fired me. I recommend that you all get fired; it's a great learning experience."
“Christmas Eve, 1974, I had a dinner of chocolate syrup, which I ate out of a can with a silver spoon. I had no money.” (25 years old)
"I have a terrible time remembering exactly when my birthday is. Age is totally boring..."
“I don’t know anybody who can look back at who they were at 20 and say, ‘I’m the exact same person.’ It’s all about evolving and growing. Who we are in our 30s is obviously very different than who we are in our 20s.”
“At 25, I had just enough knowledge to be dangerous. I was totally broke, completely fearless, and said yes to everything—work, travel, parties, adventures—because I truly had nothing to lose.”
Sara Mower about Coddington: “Because I think Grace has the essential quality that will keep a woman caring about fashion all her life—inside she's never been any older than about 25."
“When I was younger, shopping helped me discover many new places and many new things.”
Keep scrolling to see our 25 favorites for the new 25-year-old!
Illesteva Holly Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($290)
Eberjey Giselle Stretch-Jersey Playsuit ($110)
Rizzoli Kate Moss Edited by Fabien Baron Hardcover Book ($85)
For Love & Lemons She's a Knockout Bra ($121)
Saint Laurent Croc-Effect Leather Cardholder ($225)
Clare Vivier Large Calf Hair Duffle Bag ($350)
Larsson & Jennings Läder Suede and Gold-Plated Watch ($335)
Hirotaka Diamond & Gold Short Bar Hook Earrings ($625)
Roland Mouret Indus Stretch Cotton-Blend Dress ($494)
J. Crew + Sophia Webster Nicole Patent-Leather and Calf Hair Sandals ($510)
Neiman Marcus Large Saffiano Leather Dome Cosmetic Case ($24)