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.
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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!1