style at every age fashion in your 20s

If your wardrobe is having a quarter-life crisis, you’re not alone. The trends we tried in our teens have been languishing at the back of our closets for years, only to resurface in the occasional (and sartorially horrifying) Timehop post. It’s time to clear the clutter and take a fresh approach to fashion in your 20s. Here are our top picks for building a strong wardrobe foundation. Ready, set, #adulting…

 

Fashion in Your 20s: Everyday Dress

1. A Casual Everyday Dress

Get more mileage out of your wardrobe with a casual dress—it’s far more useful than a slinky going-out number you’ll wear once or twice before banishing it to the back of your closet. A stretch-knit shift dress is universally flattering. Choose classic stripes or a neutral color like olive to ensure it will be in your rotation for seasons to come.

 

Fashion in Your 20s: Going Out Top

2. Tops That Bare Just Enough

Every 20-something needs a handful of flattering, go-to tops they can throw on with their favorite skinnies for an impromptu evening out. Choose styles that strike a balance between flirty and polished. Contrast bare shoulders with a relaxed silhouette or flaunt an open back tempered by a higher neckline in front. The goal is to show off your best assets with a touch of class.

 

Fashion in Your 20s: Black Skinny Jeans

3. Black Pants That Aren’t Leggings

While we readily admit to wearing athleisure on the regular (no shame in our fashion-forward comfort game), it’s important to have a more refined option at hand. A stretchy black skinny jean combines the comfort of a legging with the polish of a trouser. Opt for a rich, super-dark wash and avoid distressing for maximum versatility.

 

Fashion in Your 20s: Denim Jacket

4. A Classic Denim Jacket

Denim jackets are an incredibly versatile wardrobe staple you’ll reach for time and time again. Wear with a striped top and white skinnies, top off a floral dress, or embrace the “Canadian tuxedo” and pair with denim shorts and a basic tee. However you decide to style this timeless piece, be sure to choose a jacket with stretch so you can layer comfortably through every season.

 

Fashion at Every Age: Elevated White Tee

Fashion at Every Age: The Elevated White Tee

No matter how many times you’ve been around the sun, there are a few essentials that every woman needs in her style arsenal. After all, age is just a number. A detailed white tee elevates any look from basic to effortlessly stylish—try a knotted detail, ruffled sleeves, or an asymmetrical hemline.

Click and scroll down to check out our other must-haves for flawless style at any age: The Bright Bag | Perfect-Fit Denim | The Timeless Moto

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preppy style

When we think of modern all-American style—perhaps a bit sentimentally—we picture it against the backdrop of picnics in the park and sunny little league games. Not in that picture? Overtly collegiate polos and cardigans. Instead, we’re putting a fresh spin on the classics this spring with our round-up of 7 preppy style essentials. (Bonus: you can mix and match them all!)

Preppy Style for Spring: bell sleeve + white denim

1. Flirty Top in a Polished Print

Preppy doesn’t have to mean buttoned-up. This spring, choose tops that contrast a classic print like stripes or polka dots with flowier feminine details. Try a statement sleeve that’s ruffled or belled, or flaunt your favorite features in an off-the-shoulder top or wrap silhouette.

 

2. White Skinny Jeans

There’s something so incredibly fresh about a crisp pair of white denim. Add a pair (or two!) to your preppy style arsenal this spring for a lighter take on your tried-and-true skinnies. Throw them on with literally any striped top for an instant outfit when you’re in a rush.

Preppy Style for Spring: colored pants + denim jacket

3. Denim Jacket

This timeless style staple is as relevant as ever—it’s the perfect transitional outerwear piece for in-between weather. If you’re like us, you have a favorite that you pull out of your closet season after season. This spring, try an updated silhouette—we’re loving cropped lengths and belled sleeves.

 

4. Bright Striped Tee

If nautical navy stripes feel a bit too on-the-nose, it’s time to embrace unexpected shades. Opt for a striped tee in a more vivid shade—think rosy pink, tomato red, sky blue, and sunny yellow—or try a fun multi-hued version.

 

5. Colored Pants

Whether it’s skinny jeans, joggers, or a cropped trouser, colorful pants are a must for any preppy spring wardrobe. Look for softer, more subdued shades, but think beyond the go-to Nantucket red, and look for styles in lavender, faded olive, or blush.

Preppy Spring Style: plaid button-down + chino shorts

6. Short Sleeve Button-Down

Not just for PSL season, checked prints like plaid and gingham are another preppy style essential. For spring, a relaxed fit button-down lends a more modern, low-key vibe. This style is all about the details—cuffed sleeves, colored buttons, or contrast-fabric trims exude easy, woke-up-this-way style.

 

7. Classic Chino Shorts

Shorts are a necessity for rising temperatures, and a tailored chino adds clean-lined structure to ground any look. Depending on your dress code, they may even fly for casual Friday—just pair with a tucked-in button down and ballet flats.

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fitness routine

The snow has melted, the sun is shining, and the overwhelming urge to wash, scrub, and air out all the things has sprung forth. (No, just us? Perhaps our Midwestern roots are showing.) Even if you aren’t planning to scour every inch of your bathroom grout with a toothbrush, now’s the perfect time to spring clean your fitness routine. Stylist Kara presents her top tips for cleaning up your act so you can tackle your biggest fitness goals this season.

Spring Fitness Routine: Get Outside

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1. Get outside.

Now that snow is (mostly) out of the forecast here in the Midwest, I’m headed outdoors to get some fresh air and vitamin D back in my life. The mood boost I get from taking my workout outside this time of year is incredible— a little sunshine makes all the difference. If you’re not into running or biking, it can be as simple as taking a long walk to explore a new neighborhood or park in your city.

 

2. Get organized.

Spring clean your closet and get rid of the gear you never wear. If you have to dig deep to find something you’re motivated to work out in, you may be less likely to get moving in the first place. Also, it’s time to ditch the all-black-everything. Pull out those prints and vibrant shades to inject fresh energy into your workout.

 

Spring Fitness Routine: Workout Partner

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3. Team up.

Social butterflies, in particular, may need a workout partner or group setting to stay engaged. There’s a strong chance you have a like-minded friend or two who are looking to have a reason to get outside or recommit to their fitness goals. Set a standing weekly date to sweat together so you’re less inclined to skip a workout. Not only will you help hold each other accountable, you’ll get a feel-good boost from spending time connecting.

 

4. Try something new.

If you’re getting bored with your current fitness routine, or aren’t seeing results, it’s time for a new challenge. Avid yogi? Try an outdoor boot camp. Distance runner? Add TRX classes for strength and stability. If the thought of stepping that far outside of your comfort zone makes you break out in a cold sweat, try revisiting a blast from the past. I loved swimming as a kid, so I’m adding laps back to my workout rotation.

 

Spring Fitness Routine: Workout Wardrobe

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5. Update your workout wardrobe.

If you’re ready for some strategic self-care spending, especially if all you own is the previously mentioned head-to-toe black or a pile of cotton tees, treat yourself to new activewear with a Fitness Edit. I’m a sucker for cute gym clothes and am always more inclined to sneak in an early-morning workout when I’m excited about what I’m wearing. My go-to is usually a fun matching leggings and sports bra set topped with a bright tank or graphic tee. Plus, new workouts may require gear that’s better equipped for the task. The sports bras you wear for yoga may not offer the support you need for running.

 

Spring Fitness Routine: Workout Playlist

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6. Tune in.

For me, great music is everything when it comes to keeping my energy up throughout a workout. Discovering the music-fueled YouTube channel, Blogilates, was a game-changer for me. Founder and certified fitness instructor, Cassey Ho, has fused the best of pilates with upbeat tunes you actually want to groove to, all with a big dose of body-positivity. Find a group fitness class with music that gets you going, or create an inspiring new playlist for your next cardio session.

 

7. Stick with what works.

This might seem contradictory, but if your regular fitness routine isn’t broken, you don’t need to fix it. While I’m looking forward to swimming in the morning, I’m still as obsessed with Blogilates as the day I discovered it. The key is to find an effective workout you love that’s constantly evolving, pushing you to add speed, weight, intensity, distance, or varied movements. Just be sure to change one element at a time to avoid injuries or burnout.

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new femininity bell sleeve

Real talk: we are beyond ready for a shift away from the same old Valentine’s lace and lingerie. It’s time to celebrate a new femininity—free from expectations, full of confidence, and imperfectly beautiful—all about the freedom to choose how you present yourself to the world. Explore three effortless looks from Stylist Cat, selected to help you define a style that’s all your own.

 

new femininity blush moto

 

Deliberate Balance

I find that life and style are all about balance. Top a sleek bodycon dress with a zipper-studded moto for an evening look with just-right proportions of polish and attitude. While head-to-toe black may be the obvious choice, I love how a blush or ivory shade gives this iconic jacket a surprising lightness. Pack all your essentials in a compact clutch for a streamlined finishing touch.

 

 New Feminine: Unapologetically Feminine

Unapologetically Feminine

Feel free to embrace the ultra-femme with a combination of floral, frills, and a flowy silhouette. Pair a delicate peasant top with frayed-hem denim for a contemporary bohemian vibe with a touch of the unexpected. A new bag is one of the easiest and most practical ways to add a pop of on-trend color to a wardrobe—try blush or lavender this spring.

 

 New Feminine: Modern Modesty

Modern Modesty

I’ve grown tired of the “brand” of feminine style that translates to baring it all. Covering up feels cool and refreshing in a fluttery bell-sleeve top and skinnies. Choose a style with daintily ruffled seams to help accentuate a full, statement sleeve. A simple, muted bag and quirky statement necklace take an everyday ensemble to the next level.

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how to wear basic black leggings

The workout wardrobe recipe of head-to-toe black is getting a bit stale. Shorter, darker days and big New Year’s resolutions require more inspiring options to pair with your basic black leggings. Yet, fitness’ ever-popular brights aren’t for everyone. Stylist Lindsay stepped in to whip up an Edit full of subtler shades and unique details for all your winter workouts. Spice up your go-to fitness look with her purple-hued picks.

Jazz Up Basic Black Leggings

Icy Lavender

Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet, is popping up everywhere, but I love this softer, frostier shade of purple for winter. It feels fresh and feminine and is a low key way to add color to your look. Pair the longline Moderate Crop Bra with a high-waisted legging for yoga or wear the high-neck Elle Tank for high-impact workouts.

 

Jazz Up Basic Black Leggings: Mesh

Mesh Bomber

When the weather cools down, it’s time to turn up the heat on your workout. Head to hot yoga or a steamy spin class—it feels like a mini tropical vacation on a rainy or snowy day. The Mesh Bomber Jacket, available in black and white, is both fashion-forward and ventilating for your post-workout cooldown.

 

Jazz Up Basic Black Leggings: Graphic Tee

Uplifting Graphics

Feel-good graphics are a great way to show a little positive personality and combat the winter blues. The Dave Crewneck Sweater‘s slightly oversized fit and soft sweater knit fabric make this a piece you’ll want to live in all weekend long—not just to and from the gym.

 

Jazz Up Basic Black Leggings: Tie Dye

Bye-Bye Basic

Go a step further and swap out your basic black leggings with a statement color or artistic print. Each pair of Sunset Leggings is individually hand-pigmented using a shibori tie-dye technique, so no two are alike. I wear these everywhere from barre class to brunch—they add a subtle boho touch that’s a welcome contrast to more technical pieces. I also love the lavender color trend for bottoms. The Sculpt Leggings look incredible paired with the Moderate Crop Bra and a neutral-colored drapey tank.

 

Jazz Up Basic Black Leggings: Sports Bra

Essential Support

It’s so important to have the right support for every activity—it can make or break your workout. Current favorites include the strappy, super-feminine Sierra Bra for low impact activities like yoga and pilates and the Full Force Bra (in purple, of course) for cardio.

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Tis the season of excess—from gloriously gluttonous Thanksgiving meals to Black Friday shopping sprees. No judgement—we love a great meal and a good deal as much as the next person. Yet, amidst all the clamor surrounding doorbusters and online deals, we choose to see Thanksgiving as an opportunity for gratitude and giving back.

This Thanksgiving weekend, for every Style item purchased, we’re donating a piece of clothing to the Milwaukee Women’s Center,  supporting women in our community that are most in need. Contribute now through Sunday by ordering a Style Edit using the link below. We’ll donate a minimum of 500 pieces of women’s apparel.

 

MWC: Supporting Women

 

Founded in 1980, the Milwaukee Women’s Center provides comprehensive services and treatment for women, men, and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, addiction, mental health issues, and poverty.  Their Bottomless Closet provided free clothing, mentoring, and job readiness skills to 442 women and 269 men re-entering the workforce in 2016. For every item purchased from Style Edits placed with this link, we’ll donate an item of clothing to support this mission.

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lightweight fitness jackets

We’ve got a case of the fall cozies, wanting to snuggle up and pile on the layers 24/7. To encourage ourselves to make the most of these gorgeous fall weekends (and avoid early hibernation), our laid-back look needs to be on-point. Layer up in style with our favorite active and athleisure fitness jackets and see how we’re wearing them for all of our weekend adventures.

      Active Fitness Jacket

On the Run

Moisture-wicking indoor/outdoor jackets are ideal for your sweatiest pursuits. A streamlined style in sporty heathered gray is incredibly versatile—equally at home on a long run or cooling down after your workout at the gym. Look for an elevated version with extra touches like mesh ventilation, seam-sealed pockets, or contrasting zippers, then take it from basic to bold with color-blocked compression leggings and a trendy-yet-supportive bra in a bright color.

 

           Athleisure Fitness Jacket

Off the Mat

Stay snug and stylish from savasana to coffee with friends in a long, draped knit cardigan. Choose a style with elbow cut-outs or cold-shoulder details for a touch of modern edge and pair it with leggings in a seasonal print like camo or a dark fall floral. A strappy or embellished bra in a complimentary color completes this street style-approved look for any low-impact activity.

 

           Outerwear Fitness Jacket     

On the Go

For busy days running around town, be prepared for the elements in a lightweight, water-repellent anorak. We’re taking this embossed style from sporty to go-anywhere by keeping things tonal. Monochromatic mixed prints and textures are way more interesting than head-to-toe black and look super rich in fall’s sapphire, wine, and deep teal tones. Just throw on your favorite white tank or tee to make your chosen color pop.

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plaid looks - plaid outfit ideas

Plaid season is officially here. Whether your look is chic or relaxed, this fall-friendly print is always in style and more versatile than you ever imagined. We picked our favorite plaid pieces and styled three very distinct outfits, with options that are sure to float your boat no matter your style personality. Check out this season’s must-have plaid looks, plus our tips and tricks for making them all your own.

Plaid Looks: Evening Edgy

Evening Edgy

 

Key Plaid Piece: A button-down

 

Choosing a Color: Earn extra style points for a relaxed fit in a deep, jewel-tone shade.

 

Style Vibe: A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.

 

Make It Your Own: Take your favorite plaid-print top or a classic flannel, add an always-cool moto jacket, and complete the fiercest night-out look ever with frayed black denim and a pair of pointed-toe heels.

 

Plaid Looks: Office Classic

Office Classic

 

Key Plaid Piece: Leggings 

 

Choosing a Color: For an understated take on this look, pick a neutral-colored plaid.

 

Style Vibe: Chic with an extra pinch of personality.

 

Make It Your Own: Add depth to this workday outfit with a textured blazer. A shirt with modern architectural details—a tied waist, asymmetrical hemline, or trumpet sleeves—elevates this ensemble to new heights, even if you opt for flats. (We suggest a velvet loafer.)

 

Plaid Looks: Weekend Casual

Weekend Casual

 

Key Plaid Piece: A bomber 

 

Choosing a Color: Fall’s most classic print is always on-trend in a rich, red hue.

 

Style Vibe: Cozy and sporty, with all the right touches.

 

Make It Your Own: Feel incredibly on-trend, without looking like you tried. Pair this subtly retro jacket style with a distressed tee or sweater, knit scarf, white sneakers, and playful patchwork-dyed denim for a laid-back look that is very “now.”

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fall wardrobe

Leaves are just beginning to crunch underfoot, so we’re taking in the beautiful fall foliage, dusting off our hot toddy recipes, and assessing our wardrobe for the weather to come. It’s time to fill in the gaps and add a few new favorites to the rotation. Full of rich textures and prints, these are the four must-have items to add to your fall wardrobe now.

Fall Wardrobe Essentials: Florals

Fall Florals

The shift from bright blossoms to gorgeously gloomy blooms actually gets us excited for the change of seasons. These dark, romantic prints are especially enchanting for flowing dresses, voluminous statement sleeves, and duster coats. For a more tailored take on the trend, wear a floral bomber or blazer with your favorite denim-and-tee combo.

 

Fall Wardrobe Essentials: Sweaters

Cozy Sweaters

We’ll be wearing neutral-colored chunky knits on repeat until spring shows its face next year, which means a variety of knits, shades, and silhouettes are essential. On our wish list: an oversized crewneck, a long boyfriend cardigan, a cropped cable knit, a trendy turtleneck with ruffle details… let’s be honest, the list goes on and on.

 

Fall Wardrobe Essentials: Suede

Suede Everything

Whether it’s an edgy jacket, sheath dress, 70’s-inspired skirt, or leggings—and don’t even get us started on bags and footwear—this super-soft favorite is popping up everywhere this fall. A suede moto jacket paired with a leather pencil skirt is modern, slightly edgy, and the combination of textures and hardware feels ultra-luxe.

 

 

Fall Wardrobe Essentials: Scarves

Oversized Scarves

Bundle up against the elements or add a colorful finishing touch to an otherwise basic ensemble—nothing says fall quite like a beautifully draped scarf. Earn extra style points with a versatile blanket scarf, which can be worn double wrapped Olsen twin-style or as a cape. You couldn’t ask for a cozier companion for your upcoming holiday travel plans.

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ways to wear joggers outfit ideas

Every so often, a trend surfaces that is basically a fashion unicorn, offering both wearability and major style. Joggers are nothing short of wardrobe magic, combining the comfort of PJs in public with the best of urban styling. In fact, this long-time athleisure favorite has gained serious street cred as a fashion-forward front-runner. Check out three versatile ways to wear joggers for any occasion.

 

How to Wear Joggers: Weekend Vibes

Weekend Vibes

Joggers were made for laid-back weekends, and help ensure your downtime is still super-stylish. The key is choosing comfy pieces in luxe fabrics. Start with soft Tencel joggers, add a relaxed linen or slub cotton tee, and top with a cozy cotton plaid or chambray button-up. Grab your favorite slip-on sneakers, and you’re ready for brunch, dog-walking, and anything else your weekend has in store.

 

How to Wear Joggers: Night Out Chill

Night Out Chill

If you’re headed to happy hour or a dinner date, a polished pair of printed joggers is the ultimate choice for street-style cool. Opt for silky, flowy fabrics and a blouse with architectural details like a layered twist-front or ruffled shoulders. Throw on a blazer and you’re also office-appropriate. Heels are an absolute must to keep this ensemble polished; try a pointed pump or open-toe booties.

 

 

 How to Wear Joggers: Everyday Casual

Everyday Casual

Utility-inspired joggers are a great alternative to jeans and lend a touch of edginess, perfect for amping up your everyday style. Pick a pair with cargo details like zippered pockets and cuffs. Wear with timeless off-duty staples—think striped shirts, lightweight sweaters, and denim jackets. Complete your outfit with classic ballet flats or, for a trendier take on the look, choose furry slides.

 

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