Okay, so you know my dilemma. However, there are some factors to take into consideration when answering this: the first is that I am the youngest and only girl among my siblings. This meant I grew up wearing men's clothing, more often than I did women's (loose t-shirts because they are comfortable, and in all honesty, only started wearing make-up recently. Just to cover up tiny things, not a full on mask or make-over). The second is that my work requires me to dirty my hands, mostly with motor oil, so I don't have the luxury of keeping up appearances while my head's under a car. However, there are nights were my friends and I go to bars and have a girl's night out. (That means I own at least one dress). What I want to know is how I can appear my age without leaving my comfort zone: clothes that are flattering but comfortable, perhaps some tips on make-up. Some people may think this is actually good in the long run, but it is a problem when the police pull me over because I look like a child. Please help me. I want honest and clean advice. I've run into several people with this problem and none of us can find a solution.
I definitely understand your dilemma. I'm 24 years old, but am constantly told that I resemble a 12-year old. (Well, until I got my nose pierced earlier this year. Then the comments died down a bit since it's usually an 18+ thing). My personal favorite moment was when a bar owner actually pulled the bartender to the side to ask them if they ID'd me and if it was a fake or not. Then the owner walked up to me and said "say sweetie, has anyone ever told you you look EXACTLY like a 12-year old?"
It's very maddening. I also wear loose-fitting clothing (t-shirts, jeans) since I work with my hands (lifting, wiring, carpentry) a lot as well.
Like Powdude43 said, cutting your hair will definitely age you a bit. It helped with me (just DON'T get bangs - they make you look MUCH younger). Makeup is not a necessity, but if you can get your hands on some decent foundation, eyeliner and mascara, you'll be set. A little makeup goes a long way, and frankly I still don't know if I'm applying it correctly. But adding definition to your eyes can help age you. I'd stick with whatever clothes you're comfortable in, perhaps a nice blouse over some decent jeans for a night out. Dresses really aren't necessary. Best of luck!
My daughter had the same problem. Sh was asked for ID until she was 29. She had problems with it too. after they stopped asking, she suddenly didn't like that they thought she looked older. The bottom line is that there are a lot of men and women in your situation that don't like it like you. I don't understand why it is a problem when the police pull you over. They ask for your license.
ok immediately get rid of all loose t-shirts, they are the most unattractive thing in the world. Things like hoodies, sweater dresses, tights, leggings (even leather ones), blazers, turtlenecks (form fitted)... they are all your friend. Really just well fitted clothes will make you look like an adult.
Don't worry, you will look older too soon ;) Avoid styles associated with childs like bangs or childish cloths. Maybe you can convince your female friends to do a beauty session with you where they try different make-up styles on you.
I wear boys clothes a lot cause they're comfortable but I wear girly things when I go out. I do look a little younger than what I am but I have tattoos so it's not that bad. My tip is don't go for comfortable. If you're going out, dress up and make the effort. Comfortable makes you look a lot younger. Also yeah get your hair trimmed and wear some makeup. Simply smokey eyes usually help.
People still think im in highschool. I see it as a blessing because ill look young longer. I tried dressing more " adult like" Pants , top , heels very monochrome in color. But it only last for like 3 years. Im a skirt, dress wearing girl who likes ruffles, floews, bright colors and cute and pretty things. Just embrace it. You can contour your cheeks a little to give you a more hollow angular look it puts years on you.
- clothes: try wearing more classic pieces. Teenagers wear trendy items but grown women wear classic ones. - hair - avoid bangs and again anything too trendy - make up - I don't apply any so I don't really know. Maybe red lipstick.