Woman Banned From Abercrombie Is a Reminder to Dress Our Age

abercrombie & fitchKim Navarra of California is a huge fan of Abercrombie & Fitch. Her closets are filled to the brim with their signature moose logo. And while I may have stopped shopping there as soon as I grew out of that these-shirts-only-fit-6-year-olds phase, she's been stopped by force. After spending thousands of dollars on the company's website, Navarra was recently banned from ordering anything else, since the company thinks she may be reselling their clothes abroad.

Whether or not Kim actually is reselling the clothes, I see a bigger problem here. She has to at least be in her late 20s. It seems to me that she has yet to learn one cardinal rule of fashion: As we get older, we shouldn't dress like teenagers anymore

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For the record: I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Abercrombie. I remember spending loads of my hard-earned cash from my first-ever job there. But it seems as if Navarra's entire wardrobe is A&F, based on what she told (and showed) a local TV station. And when you're out of college, that cozy dormwear-as-outerwear concept just doesn't work.

As time goes on, our styles change and mature. And although sometimes it's hard to admit it, certain things we could pull off when we were in our teens, like short jean shorts or teeny tank tops, just aren't right for outings to the grocery store or trips to cheer on your friend's son at his soccer game. Hopefully, you won't want to wear those things either. Not just because it may be inappropriate, but also because you want to be looked at with respect.

Of course, this isn't my way of saying that buying things from stores we shopped at growing up, like Abercrombie or, in my case, Forever 21, is out of the question. But nowadays, I go into Forever 21 looking for completely different clothes than I would have in my tweens. Rather than acid-washed jeans and tube tops, I'm on the lookout for short-sleeve dresses and flattering blouses.

In the end, what's important is knowing the types of clothes that suit you as you age. As Project Runway's Tim Gunn advises, "Make it work!"

Do you wear the same clothes you did in college, or has your style changed?


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