dressing in 20s part 2 featured

Wardrobe By Generation: Dressing In Your Twenties

dressing in 20s part 2 featured

Once upon a time, it was possible to almost discern a woman’s age by the way she dressed, made-up and did her hair. Now that generational “suitability” has not only been abolished, but distained, a seventy-year old might wear blue jeans and a twenty year-old stilettos. Though women don’t always take into account their body types or what’s personally flattering, freedom to package/express oneself as one sees fit, is probably a good thing.

All of this stands in the way of a disclaimer to what follows. Recommendations of wardrobe for each generation is a movable premise depending on sophistication, lifestyle, and figure. You may easily find things outside your chronological numbers. For more information or to purchase an item, click on the product name in red. (Assume all skirts are short)

Color

Left to Right:

Madonna-Neon Prom Dress by Roberta- Cute as hell and definitely feminine. Great modern colors. A bit of glitter. Short and sassy. Perfect for a dance. You can wear really short things now and manage the exaggeratedly flirty. Enjoy it while you can. Turquoise and lime. Sweetheart neckline, beaded detail on bust, ruched empire waist with tie back sash, tiered tulle skirt, back zipper. Fully lined. 100% Polyester. This is a pre-order. $120.00

Valentino Strapless Bow Dress- I know some of you can afford this…or your parents can. Really stylish dress with excellent lines and fine pedigree. Flattering color. Sweet but not prim. Don’t flaunt, it’s unappealing. Cascading ruffle down the front from an oversized bow. Beautiful soft pink color. Hidden zipper at the side with hook-and-eye closure. Wired nude mesh corset lining with underwire bra. Separate straps included. Fully lined. Cotton. $2105.00

Richard Nicoll One Shoulder Dress- Soft and pretty. Terrifically useful. Could use a good belt. Many ages could wear this, but you can rock it. Sky blue cotton voile, pleated from the waist, two-tiered skirt. Concealed zipper at the side. On sale $149.00

Jacquetta Top- Easy shape to wear over anything. Young pattern (not childish). Tomato red with white hearts. Tie-front silhouette. Sleeveless, v-neck. 100% Silk.

Wkshp Chevron Crop Tank- This needs a flat midriff and sense of fun. Very cool print. Soft lime with hot pink, purple and green tribal chevron. Deep scoop neckline and armholes. Loose fit. Wear as midriff blouse or with high-waisted pants. 14” Long. Rayon/Spandex. On sale $20.00

Ditsy Denim Bralet- Wear it while you can. Smallish breasts, flat midriff. Simple, pretty, extremely useful. 100% Cotton Denim spaghetti strap, fitted top. Machine washable. $60.00

Neutrals

Left to Right:

Carven Dual Draped Jersey and Poplin Dress- Chic enough to wear interning at a fashion magazine, but watch how you sit down, it’s short. For the slim, young figure. Ecru poplin top with collar. Ruffled hem, grey draped, jersey skirt. Side zipper fastening. $485.00

Chris Benz Nelda Color-Block Dress- Looks like the young women in the Hamptons on “Revenge.” Very a la mode. For dress-up events. Sleeveless cream and gold silk-satin. Scoop neck and back, thin shoulder straps. Internal boning (not that you need it). Scoop neck and back. Hook-fastening multi-color grosgrain belt. Side slit pockets, pleating at waist. Fully lined. $383.00

Centerpiece of My Heart Dress in Wildflowers by Emily and Fin- Sophisticated but youthful. You are dressed in this. Ready to make an impression anywhere. Slim cut, flutter sleeves, banded waist, matching piping, pleating between front pockets. $87.99

Calypso St. Barth Hazel Open Shoulder Top- Summer’s coming. Perfect over whites, jeans, or a bathing suit. Flow-y and forgiving for those of you who might need it. Stylish. Lightweight crinkle gauze pullover tunic trimmed in intricate navy crochet interwoven with tiny silver brass beads. Open shoulder. $195.00

Mara Hoffman Embroidered Bustier Top- Very sophisticated. Requires your flat midriff. Tribal chic. Colorful embroidery. Built-in corset. Lightly padded underwire cups. Exposed silver side zipper. Lined. 100% Cotton. $207.00

Rabbit Print Knit Top by 59 Seconds- Loose-fitting tee with sleeping rabbit just graphic enough not to be cutsie. Short sleeves, upturned cuffs. Twin pouch pockets. Available in beige, yellow, or light pink. One size. Acrylic/Polyester. $20.00

Bottoms

Left to Right:

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Striped Cotton Skirt- A classic. Worn by anyone with good legs. You’ll always look neat and put together. Navy-blue and ivory striped nautical. Belt loops, grosgrain waist-tie, pleats, two front pouch pockets, two back welt pockets. Concealed zipper fastening at the side. 100% Cotton. $110.00

Cody Pleated Layered Skirt by Reiss- Super color. Casual, feminine; a little longer. Wear a fitted top. Combines soft, narrow pleats with three tiers of ruffles. Flat waistband. Concealed zipper at the side. 100% Polyester. on sale $63.00

Tamara Barnoff “Brown Bunny” Velvet Shorts- Extremely retro and yet original. Brave enough to start a trend? High waist stretch velvet mini shorts. 2 rows of big buttons on the front. Very soft fabric. In red or navy. $76.00

Just Cavalli Black Mini Leather Skirt- Britney Spears eat your heart out. Couldn’t get cooler than this. Flaunt it. Rock n’ roll styled asymmetrically cut skirt. Front zipper closure, wide waistband, front zipper pocket, two back zipper pockets. 100% Leather. $845.00

Fairisle Skirt- You have to have the body for this. Great look. A bit retro. Wear it with a black top for more sophistication. Brightly colored Acrylic tube skirt. Machine washable. $34.00

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