For as long as I can remember, people have thought I was younger than I actually am. When I was little, it was fun. Now, well... not so much.
I'll be 18 in September, but I still look about 15. My height probably doesn't help things (I'm only 5'2"). My friends say that once you get to know me it's obvious how old I am, but that's no good before someone gets to know me.
What's been bothering me is that I feel like I "can't" look at guys in my age range because I look like I'm fresh out of middle school. I'm quite shy so I have a hard enough time letting a guy see me checking them out as it is; having to worry about how old I look doesn't help.
So, two questions:
1) How can I make myself look a bit older?
2) Any tips on becoming more confident about checking guys out?
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Dressing appropriately is the best way to go, I'd say. Unfortunately, people make snap judgments about who you are based on what you wear. Use this to your advantage and wear nice clothes that don’t make you look your age. You should probably stay away from baby pastels such as bubblegum pink, light blue, sea green, etc. Remember also that most people think that long-locked girls look very youthful, which is why female celebrities tend to grow out their hair or use extensions, so you may want to opt for a more mature bob. Also I'd suggest you avoid sparkly nail polish or thick, goopy lip gloss, since they are usually considered quite a "teen" thing. At least that's my opinion on it.
As for confidence, I can't really help you there, I've always been naturally confident in walking my own path, so I haven't had problems like that.