Access to better jobs may be another factor prompting them to go for a more mature look. Competition for good jobs is fierce these days and with the gender gap still a problem in many circles, young women are willing to use any trick in the book, including an older, more professional appearance, to get the upper hand in job interviews.
Use these tips, which all boil down to keeping it classy, if you want to play that card!
1. Invest in good shoes
You can be wearing the most expensive outfit in the world but if your shoes look old, dated or cheap, you’ve ruined it! On the other hand, if you’re wearing nice pumps or pretty leather booties, no one will know you got your top for $14.99 at Forever 21.
2. Favour a clean look over flash
This applies to everything, including keeping your jewellery and clothing in the same colour family. When in doubt, wear black or opt for a monochromatic look and avoid anything that may seem too flamboyant.
3. Sit up straight
Remember when Mom told you to sit up straight? Well, she was right, so if you didn’t take her advice then, now’s the time to start! Good posture-back straight, shoulders back-conveys confidence.
4. Define your brows
Well-defined eyebrows add character to your face. Pick a shade that’s slightly darker than the colour of your own brows and then subtly accentuate them.
5. Always wear a blazer
Blazers are a must whether you work in a law office or an advertising firm. Women have to wear them over blouses in formal work environments but even if your office has a casual dress code, a nice blazer over a t-shirt makes a great impression.
6. Say adios to your beach hair
Nothing makes a woman look more professional than a great haircut! Bobs are a popular choice for creating a mature yet coquettish look. Ponytails should be low, with the part kept straight. The idea is to look polished, with every hair in place.
7. Don’t over-accessorize
While glasses and a good watch can give you an air of credibility, too many accessories can detract from that credibility, so keep them timeless and to a minimum.
8. Wear red lipstick
Red lipstick is a classic sign of maturity. Combined with a polished outfit, red lipstick makes a strong impression. Go for classic red and its variations and leave pink and other pale shades to your kid sister.
9. Invest in a good handbag
No outfit is complete without good shoes or a good handbag, so don’t bring your old backpack to that job interview, OK? A good imitation leather handbag will do if you’re on a budget; something simple without too many embellishments or metallic details.
10. Use your voice to express confidence
No one will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself, and one of the best ways to convey confidence is the right tone of voice. Both men and women with a lower-pitched voice are seen as better leaders, according to this study!